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Boycott, Divestment And Sanctions Movement

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is a pro-Palestine movement to force Israel to comply with the movement’s interpretation of international law. In 2011, students at Penn founded PennBDS — a group that supports the movement on campus. Activists from around the country will attend the two-day BDS conference at Penn in February to listen to keynote speakers and participate in panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions. The conference is hosted by PennBDS.

03/14/13 12:35am

Your Voice | Response to “‘Shutting down the debate’”

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.
02/06/13 12:31am
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.”
02/05/13 12:10am

Boycott Israeli apartheid

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.
03/29/12 10:42pm
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.
02/15/12 9:47pm

Jerry Glickson | Meet elsewhere in Philadelphia

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.
02/15/12 12:48am

Your Voice | Fact checking BDS claims

BDS is not promoting dialogue.
02/14/12 1:35am

Stephen Lendman | City of brotherly love event promotes war, hate

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.
02/14/12 1:20am

Your Voice | Questioning unfettered free speech

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.
02/14/12 12:29am
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. INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: Free speech at Penn
02/09/12 11:46pm

Noah Feit | The truth about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and Israel

I have read Matt Berkman, Madeline Notewaré, and Abbas Naqvis’ guest column of Jan. 26, entitled “BDS Explained” with curiosity. Complete BDS coverage
02/09/12 12:29am

Your Voice | BDS a ‘tool’ to challenge racial inequality

BDS is a tool that challenges racial inequality, dispossession, displacement and genocidal violence.
02/07/12 10:21pm

PennBDS activists fight for their cause

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. Complete BDS coverage
02/07/12 12:42am

Ian Lustick | Who benefited?

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? Complete BDS coverage
02/06/12 1:21am

Editorial | Behind the rhetoric

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.
02/05/12 11:29pm
Despite heated rhetoric in the weeks leading up to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference, the weekend proceeded relatively smoothly. Complete BDS coverage
02/05/12 10:50pm

Panel on faith-based approach to BDS unites Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups

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. Complete BDS coverage
02/05/12 10:24pm

Lawyers speak on academic freedom at BDS conference

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.
02/05/12 10:08pm

Professors take sides on BDS conference

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference held this weekend exposed a wide gulf of disagreement among Penn professors on opposite sides of the issue. Complete BDS coverage
02/05/12 9:51pm
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. Complete BDS coverage
02/04/12 10:40pm
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. Complete BDS coverage