Conference on BDS campaign against Israel to be held in London

Birbeck College will host this week a major international academic conference focused on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel

by The Commentator on 17 June 2013 11:05

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The University of London's Birbeck College will host this week a major international academic conference looking at the issue of boycotts, with a focus on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, reports the Jerusalem Post.

Hosted by the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism at Birkbeck, in conjunction with the International Consortium for Research on Anti-Semitism and Racism, the event will span three days and will bring together an array of speakers. A number of Israeli academics will be present, as will Dr. John Chalcraft of the London School of Economics - a major supporter of the BDS movement.

“Boycotts have been a longstanding form of protest. By addressing this history from the eighteenth century to the present, the conference will break new ground,” Prof. David Feldman, director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism at Birkbeck, told The Jerusalem Poston Sunday.

“In taking this long-term view, we will be able to achieve a better understanding of the causes, rhetoric and impact of boycott movements in the past and, at the same time, shed light on boycott movements in the present day, including the current movement to boycott Israel,” he added.

Panels will include discussion around topics such as boycotts in the Nazi era, comparisons made between Israel and Apartheid-era South Africa, and the legal and ethical issues involved in boycott campaigns.

In seeking these conclusions, the conference will then look to clarify where today's BDS movement would fall in the debate on contemporary anti-Semitism.

UPDATE: THE FULL AGENDA FOR THE CONFERENCE CAN BE READ BELOW... 

 

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