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January 30, 2012 1

Five Days to the Penn BDS Conference

Now that the Penn BDS con­fer­ence is offi­cially less than one week away, it’s time to take stock of how ADL has advo­cated on this issue. Since learn­ing about the con­fer­ence about six weeks ago we have:

·       Worked with sev­eral Jew­ish com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions to issue a “State­ment of Sol­i­dar­ity” con­demn­ing the goals of the conference.
·       Briefed mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and Hil­lel in Philadel­phia about the conference’s invited speak­ers and posted back­ground mate­ri­als about the con­fer­ence on our Web site.
·       Issued a state­ment express­ing our con­cern with the conference.

And now, five days before the event in ques­tion, we’d like to draw your atten­tion to some of the more vir­u­lent anti-Israel speak­ers who plan to attend this weekend’s con­fer­ence. For the next five days, we will spot­light 5 of the most anti-Israel speak­ers on the con­fer­ence agenda.

#5 J Kehaulani Kauanui

Pro­fes­sor Kauanui is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Amer­i­can Stud­ies and Anthro­pol­ogy at Wes­leyan Uni­ver­sity and an advi­sor to the U.S. Cam­paign for the Aca­d­e­mic and Cul­tural Boy­cott of Israel. Kauanui is sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in a break­out ses­sion called “The Aca­d­e­mic Boy­cott” dur­ing the con­fer­ence. Aca­d­e­mic boy­cotts, for those who aren’t famil­iar, focus on boy­cotting Israeli aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions and uni­ver­si­ties as part of a larger effort to paint every aspect of Israel life as com­plicit in the Israeli government’s policies.

Kauanui, in a Feb­ru­ary 2009 arti­cle, stated that Pales­tini­ans “have the right to engage in armed resis­tance” against Israel because of the occu­pa­tion. Stay tuned for #4 tomorrow.

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