UPenn BDS Conference – the debate hots up

From 4 to 5 February, BDS will hold a national conference at the University of Pennsylvania. As we already noted, a full array of materials in response to the conference, can be found here. In the lead up to the conference, the local and Jewish media have begun publishing various opinion pieces, shedding light on the conference’s aims and BDS campaigns in general. On  26 January three BDS activists sought to explain BDS to the UPenn student community.  In a somewhat more coherent article published the same day in the Harvard Crimson, Avishai D. Don presents the agenda behind the BDS rhetoric. Meanwhile, Philly.com, published two “Point Counterpoint” articles side by side on 29 January: one by Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah, who predictably argues that the conference aims to “promote human rights of the Palestinians”, while the other, written by James Woolsey and Jonathan Schanzer, illustrates how the conference will serve as  an “exercise in disinformation and propaganda”. Worth checking out also is Mathew Ackerman’s thoughtful piece from 27 January in Commentary. As for the actions undertaken by students against the Conference, local students are using the opportunity to encourage the purchase of Israeli goods. See their cute video below:

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