The keynote speakers are Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, author, playwright and political commentator Samah Sabawi and Ghassan Hage, Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, University of Melbourne.
The recent UN Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements in ‘flagrant violation’ of international law and calling for a halt to all settlement activity, followed by Israel’s retrospective legalisation of thousands of settlements on stolen Palestinian land, acutely raises the question of what steps can be taken to promote justice, along with genuine peace, in the region.
In line with the call from Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment and sanctions, this conference, held to mark the centenary of the Balfour declaration and the 50th anniversary of Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, will analyse the current politics of BDS in Australia and abroad, reflect on previous BDS activity, and contribute to greater public understanding of the BDS campaign.
Over thirty papers will be presented by speakers based in Palestine, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Italy, the US, and Japan. Sessions will cover topics such as:
critiques of BDS and responding to them
Palestine, students and activism
Zionism and BDS
freedom of speech, academic freedom and BDS
legal attacks on BDS
Justice-work, activism and BDS in academia
the Israel lobby
BDS in Palestine and abroad
Palestine, unions and politics
arms, cultural and sporting boycotts
Palestine and the Jewish community.
The conference starts at 9.30 on Friday July 28 and runs until 6.30 on Saturday evening. Yousef Munayyer’s plenary will be at 7pm on Friday evening.
See here for the conference announcement from the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies.