Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

November 3, 2009

Thursday, 11/5: Join the ISO in supporting Palestinian rights at Columbia!

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:19 am

This Thursday, 11/5 at 6:30pm, join the ISO and other supporters of Palestine…

At an important debate on campus discussing the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

Last semester, after Israel’s invasion and siege of Gaza, the ISO and other Palestine solidarity activists joined together to start a movement on campus to pressure Columbia University to divest from companies who profit off Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement began a few years ago with a call from Palestinian civil society groups to place international pressure on the state of Israel. The aim is to challenge the apartheid conditions Israel has imposed on Palestinians both inside Israel’s borders and in the occupied territories. The campaign seeks to use the same successful tactics of international solidarity that helped to bring an end to apartheid in South Africa.

The ISO has always stood for the right of Palestinians demand equal rights, to resist the Israeli occupation, and to return to the homes from which they have been expelled since the 1948 formation of Israel. Israel is the largest recipient of US government military aid in the world. Challenging the US government and US corportations’ complicity in the destruction of Palestinian lives is an important part of challenging other US occupations in the region, from Iraq to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This Thursday Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti will debate Columbia Law professor George Fletcher over the following question:

Is Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel counterproductive to the pursuit of a just peace in the Middle East?

Instead of our regular ISO meeting in Kent Hall, we’ll be going to this meeting to support Omar Barghouti and the BDS campaign! Come along!


Omar Barghouti

When: Thursday, November 5th at 6:30 PM

Where:  Meet other ISO members and allies in front of Altschul Auditorium, Room 417 in the  SIPA/International Affairs Building, Columbia University (enter on Amsterdam between 116th and 117th st)

RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

The event will be moderated by GRITtv host Laura Flanders (, and is sponsored by the Middle East Institute, and hosted by the Arab Students Association at SIPA


Articles to read for more information on the BDS campaign:

1) “A New Movement Against Israel’s Apartheid” by Eric Ruder

Gives some background on how the BDS movement came about in response to the invasion of GAZA. Also introduces some of the basic arguments in defense of BDS.

2) The other apartheid state” by Ronnie Kasrils

Ronnie Kasrils is a Jewish South African leader of the African National Congress. Here, he compares the ‘Jewish-only’ state of Israel to the apartheid regime in South Africa.

3) “A Slander on our Movement” by Lichi D’Amelio

Challenges the incorrect charge that supporters of BDS supporters are being “anti-Semitic.”

4) “Israeli’s and Palestinians: Conflict & Resolution” by Moshe Machover

Longer article by an Israeli Socialist/anti-Zionist that goes through more of the history of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.


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