Sydney 8 April 2014: BDS – What you want to know and are afraid to ask

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

What you want to know and are afraid to ask


Tuesday 8 April 2014 | 6.30pm-8pmbds-sticker-round

Footbridge Theatre, Sydney University, Parramatta Rd, Camperdown

Doors open 6pm | Entry by donation

 by Phil Monsour


  • Jake Lynch, Associate Professor, Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, Sydney Uni.
  • Samah Sabawi, Playwright/Policy Analyst
  • Olivia Zemor, CAPJPO-EuroPalestine, French BDS activist


  • Wendy Bacon, Journalist and Professor of Journalism at UTS Sydney
  • Omar Barghouti, BDS National C’ttee (via video)
  • Antony Loewenstein, Journalist
  • Warren Smith, Maritime Union Australia
  • Nick Riemer, Academic; Senior Lecturer at the Department of English and Linguistics at the university of Sydney
  • Phil Monsour, Musician
  • Mary Kostakidis, journalist
  • Marcelo Svirsky, Academic; Jewish-Israeli; University of Wollongong
  • Erima Dall, Student Representative Council University of Sydney
  • Fahad Ali, Palestinian student at the University of Sydney, member of Students for Justice in Palestine

This BDS forum will raise public awareness of the effectiveness of the strategy and dispel the myths that have been spread about it, including the often heard claim that BDS is anti-Semitic. Proceeds will support the Jake Lynch Fighting Fund.

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A forum on the Boycott Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) offers the public an open and informative discussion on peaceful non-violent resistance in Israel/Palestine.

As the Australian media and politicians debate the effectiveness and legitimacy of the recent Biennale  boycott, a cross section of speakers from all areas of civil society offer their support to the global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement – the Palestinian led campaign for justice, equality and peace for all in Israel/Palestine.

Professor Jake Lynch, who is one of the key speakers is currently defending a ‘lawfare’ attack on him in the Federal Court by an Israeli based lawfirm, ShuratHaDin for his support for the BDS.

“The case against me is a despicable attack on political freedom in Australia, and an attempt to stifle debate. When there is debate, and when people are properly informed, they are incredulous at what Israel gets away with. That is why the BDS movement is growing so rapidly around the world.”

Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist, says:

“BDS is a growing global movement in holding Israel to account for its daily crimes against the Palestinians. As an Australian Jew, I support BDS because it is based in international law and justice for the occupied Palestinians.”

Palestinian playwright Samah Sabawi explains:

“We have called on the people of the world to boycott Israel until it ends its oppression and discrimination against the Palestinian people.  Those who oppose our call and our demands for equality justice and freedom are clearly in favour of protecting Israel’s racist and flagrant violations of human rights.”

Australian freelance journalist, Mary Kostakidis comments:

“Sanctions are a legitimate non violent protest against unacceptable government actions and policies. For years Israel has been violating international law with few repercussions because governments do not have the courage to stand up to powerful lobby groups. Recently Foreign Minister Julie Bishop read a statement in Parliament announcing Australian Government sanctions against Russia. Governments impose sanctions when it suits their allies or their own national interest. More rarely, they do so on principle and after pressure mounting in their own community as we saw during the Apartheid era.We need to defend courageous, principled individuals and organizations that take the lead. The BDS is a growing international mouvement targeting Israeli government policy, a policy also unacceptable to many Israelis and Jewish people around the world.”

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