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Over the past months, global campus mobilizations for Palestinian rights have demanded from university administrators that they end academic relations with “complicit Israeli universities” and divest from companies that enable Israel’s gross violations of Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law — in short, the “B” and “D” that the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has called for since 2005. These mobilizations have triggered intense discussions, debates, and misunderstandings.
Event details of Everything you wanted to know but never dared to ask about BDS
11 June 2024
15:30 -17:00

What is BDS? What are the origins and goals of the movement? What are its key ethical principles and inspirations? What kind of companies and institutions does it target, and why? 

This event is to provide the AISSR community with the opportunity to have a conversation and debate with Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of BDS. There will be ample space to ask questions, voice criticism, or express disagreement.

About the speaker 

Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. He is a co-recipient of the 2017 Gandhi Peace Award. He holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, NY, and is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy (ethics) at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of, BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights (Haymarket: 2011). His commentaries and views have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, among others.

O.S.M. (Omar) Barghouti MSc

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Philosophy and Public Affairs


Dr. Dimitris Bouris, Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam.

Dr. D. (Dimitris) Bouris

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance