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Penn to Host ‘Boycott Israel’ Conference

In today’s feature at The College Fix, USC senior Emily Schrader details the upcoming Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) conference at U Penn:

The conference, scheduled for February 3-5, supports the national BDS movement, which according to conference organizers Matthew Berkman and Abbas Naqiv seeks to “end…the occupation, [provide] full equality for Arab citizens of Israel, and [provide] respect for the rights of refugees,” by encouraging boycotts of Israeli products and divestment from Israeli companies.

Conference organizers hope that the sessions and speakers will “build solidarity within the BDS movement and educate activists on the issues.”

Among the presenters scheduled to speak are Palestinian human rights attorney Noura Erakat, Jewish-American author Anna Baltzer, and the keynote speaker, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah. Abunimah in particular is highly controversial, having repeatedly condemned a two-state solution, and having gone on record with comments that sound a great deal like incitement to violence against Israelis.

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