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The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement: what are its supporters ultimately seeking?

AJC Seattle

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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The official BDS website asks “What Is BDS?” and supplies this answer: “The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law." Their logo, “BDS: Freedom, Justice, Equality.”  What could be problematic with that slogan? Shouldn’t we all strive to fight oppression and comply with international law. We will examine the BDS campaign and dig deeper to what might appear merely as calls to action on war crimes and crimes against humanity. How does protesting governmental policies of the State of Israel move into issues of legitimacy of the country itself, seeking ultimately to isolate it from the rest of the world.

 

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Speaker:

Paul Burstein received his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University in 1974, and taught at Yale and Vanderbilt Universities before coming to the University of Washington in 1985. He has served the UW as Professor of Sociology, Samuel and Althea Stroum Chair in Jewish Studies, Pruzan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and he chaired the Jewish Studies Program from 2003 through 2008. He has served on the Council of the American Sociological Association, on the Board of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, and the editorial boards of a dozen professional journals.

His research has focused on politics, social movements, social stratification, research methods, and the American Jewish community.  He has studied the anti-Vietnam war movement; the movement for equal employment opportunity; the impact of public opinion, political organizations, and advocacy activities on public policy; the factors affecting the economic success of racial, ethnic, and religious groups; and research methods for the study of politics.

 

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Mercer Island location


Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)


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AJC Seattle

AJC Seattle connects our community with AJC’s global advocacy work to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel. Our access to diplomats, elected officials, and interfaith leaders at the local level advances AJC’s broader global priorities: combating anti-Semitism, promoting Israel’s place in the world, and countering the spread of radicalism and extremism. 

seattle@ajc.org

206.622.6315

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