Scheduled speakers advocate a variety of strategies used to delegitimize Israel, including “lawfare” initiatives, boycott campaigns against Israeli products, campus divestment resolutions and claims of “pink-washing,” which argue that Israel’s progressive attitudes on LGBT issues are an effort to whitewash its human rights policies regarding Palestinians.
In an January 1, 2012, interview with the Arabic-language Al Hayat newspaper, Rashad Bayoumi, Deputy Chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, vowed that his group would never recognize Israel. “We do not recognize Israel at all. It is a raping, occupying, criminal enemy entity. I shall never tolerate for myself to sit with a criminal and we shall not deal with Israel under any circumstances…The peace treaty absolutely does not obligate me and the people will give their opinion about this.”