Photos © by Bud Korotzer Commentary by Chippy Dee
On the evening of May 6th in NYC at Alwan for the Arts the space was filled to capacity with people gathered to hear Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the BDS campaign against Israel, and Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, discuss the BDS campaign as it reaches its’ 10th anniversary. The meeting was organized by Haymarket Books.
Barghouti began by explaining the philosophy behind boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). It is about building awareness of the ethicality of resistance. How does an oppressed people resist oppression without unduly harming the oppressor. Both communities have to be humanized and the trap of collective responsibility is to be avoided. An Us vs. Them mindset is not productive – Israelis should be encouraged to join the movement.
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