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Debate - Resolved: Are Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions an Effective and Fair Means to End Israel's Occupation?

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09/13/2009

A Debate on Ending Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Territories:
Non-Violent Options

In the international peace community, the movement to end the Israeli occupa­tion of Palestinian territories through the use of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has been controversial. These speakers debate both the fairness and effectiveness of BDS as a method of resolving the conflict.

Arguing in favor of the motion: Omar Barghouti, Palestinian researcher, commentator, and human rights activist. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and a leader of the BDS campaign against Israel.

Arguing against the motion: Dr. Steven Scheinberg, professor emeritus of History at Concordia College in Montreal and co-chair of Canadian Friends of Peace Now, a Zionist organization that works for peace between Israelis and Palestinians and monitors illegal settlement activity in the West Bank.

Moderated by: William Wilson, Saint Michael’s Emeritus Professor of Political Science

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