Unlike the opposition to the BDS conference, the motivation behind the anti-Modi campaign had little (if anything) to do with the substance of what Modi planned to say.
Omar Barghouti — a pro-Palestinian researcher, human rights activist and author — spoke at Claudia Cohen Hall Tuesday. His lecture, hosted by Penn for Palestine and PennBDS, in partnership with Philly BDS and Philadelphia Jewish Voice for Peace, was titled “Israel is No South Africa.”
Given the fortuitous timing of Mr. Barghouti’s talk — one year after the National BDS Conference held at Penn last February — we would like to reflect on the progress that BDS and the Palestinian non-violent resistance movement have made over the last year.
David Cohen received JNF’s Tree of Life Award at a gala last night at 600 N. Broad Street. Philly BDS organized a protest of about 30 people outside of the JNF’s event.
As a holocaust survivor who lost both of his parents fighting the Nazis and as a coinvestigator on a U.S.-Israel Binational Research Foundation Grant directed towards cancer research, I feel deeply offended by this action. Let them meet elsewhere in Philadelphia.
BDS is not promoting dialogue.
As Dershowitz is to Harvard Law, Gur is to Penn’s Neurological Sciences department. Both schools give them classroom space to spew hate. In the 1950s, this writer attended both universities, unexposed to their agendas.
The Penn Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference last week was odious and Penn’s decision to host it in the name of unfettered free speech is questionable.
Underlying the heated political discussion surrounding the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions conference last weekend was an issue that has long been intertwined with the University’s history: the First Amendment.
I have read Matt Berkman, Madeline Notewaré, and Abbas Naqvis’ guest column of Jan. 26, entitled “BDS Explained” with curiosity.
BDS is a tool that challenges racial inequality, dispossession, displacement and genocidal violence.
Student members of the group, which was founded last year, come from various backgrounds. Though each have become active in different ways, they all share passion for their cause and the conference they organized.
Now that the brouhaha surrounding the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference held at Penn this weekend is passing into memory, we can answer that question. Who benefited from the conference?
Penn BDS can be thanked for reinvigorated debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict among students, but the quality of these debates — which took place in closed circles — remains to be questioned.
Despite heated rhetoric in the weeks leading up to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference, the weekend proceeded relatively smoothly.
On Saturday, the panel discussion “A Faith-Based Approach to BDS” brought together leaders from national Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups to examine ways interfaith groups can promote the BDS cause.
Two lawyers from the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild came to Houston Hall Sunday afternoon to teach pro-Palestinian activists about their rights.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference held this weekend exposed a wide gulf of disagreement among Penn professors on opposite sides of the issue.
The Academic Boycott session was among the series of events held on the second day of the National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference. The panel speakers defined “academic boycott” with parameters outlined by the United States Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
Williams sought out Penn Hillel to express his support for Israel, to encourage dialogue among students and to speak with students from the Jewish and African-American communities.
Ali Abunimah spoke to a full lecture hall in Meyerson Hall. Abunimah is a Palestinian-American activist and the creator of Electronic Intifada, an online publication focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Addressing a crowd of more than 200 people, Abulhawa — the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, an independent organization that establishes playgrounds as safe refuges for Palestinian children in Palestine and Lebanon — spoke of the injustices Palestinians face in Israel and the Middle East.
Thursday night, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz made his contribution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict debate brewing on campus this weekend.
The two-day conference will feature panels, speakers and question-and-answer sessions to educate and mobilize the BDS movement.
While we do not necessarily agree with or endorse the views we publish in guest columns and letters to the editor, we think it’s important for our content to reflect the diversity of views on this campus.
It is troubling to see my own alma mater faculty is resorting to hateful discourse.
I urge you to be resolute in your defense of Penn’s reputation as a place where the BDS movement’s lies and agenda will find no quarter.
Alan Dershowitz is an open advocate of torture who has urged Israel to destroy entire Palestinian villages, attack civilians and bulldoze their homes.
With no evidence whatsoever, and in direct contradiction to everything we’ve ever said or written, Gur designates our student group “genocidal” and equates our upcoming conference with Nazi anti-Semitism.
As scholars, we demonstrate how to carefully assess historical analogies rather than deploy them for rhetorical advantage.
Penn President Amy Gutmann and Chair of the Board of Trustees David L. Cohen address the upcoming Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions conference.
I read with amazement the Guest Column by Penn BDS Conference organizers, BDS Explained.
I could barely believe my eyes.
BDS can enhance the condition of the people of Gaza and the West Bank by personally coming and investing in them, instead of threatening one of the stalwart pillars of their economy.
Penn is now witnessing another phase of the Arab War Against Israel. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign is designed to isolate and restrict Israel in every way. Its goal is the destruction of Israel.
Though many Jewish students see the views of the BDS conference against Israel as inflammatory, they do not plan to respond in a hostile manner.
Penn students who oppose the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions conference now have a formalized venue in which they can voice their opinion.
As three of the conference’s organizers, we would like to take this opportunity to respond more comprehensively to some of the questions we have received.
Several student groups, as well as alumni, have been engaging in activism and discussion in anticipation of the national Boycott, Divest and Sanction Conference that will be hosted by PennBDS in early February.
A Van Pelt Library clerk writes a letter shedding light on the problem with tokenism in conversations about Israel.
By withholding the university’s imprimatur from BDS and its boycotts, President Gutmann reflects the Penn community’s strong and long-established ties with Israel.