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February 2, 2012

Two Days to the Penn BDS Conference

In advance of this weekend’s BDS conference at the University of Pennsylvania, we are highlighting five of the most anti-Israel individuals scheduled to speak at the conference.
Today we profile Ali Abunimah, the founder and executive director of “Electronic Intifada,” an anti-Israel Web site. Abunimah is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at this weekend’s conference.
In his book “One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse” and during various speaking appearances, Abunimah advocates a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which would dismantle the Jewish state. He has not hesitated to compare Israel to South African apartheid and Nazi Germany, including describing Gaza as a “ghetto” and a “concentration camp” and arguing that “Zionism is not atonement for the Holocaust, but its continuation in spirit.”
Abunimah also claims that many of Israel’s security-related policies are predicated on racism and not genuine security concerns. For example, in a June 2011 interview on the news channel Russia Today, he claimed that Israel imposes a blockade on Gaza “because they are not Jews” and described it as “fundamentally racist.”