PALESTINE'S SOUTH AFRICA MOMENT? The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement


On December 2, 2014 CPS hosted a founder of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Omar Barghouti, who spoke to a packed audience. In addition to remarks by Professors Nadia Abu El-Haj and Rashid Khalidi, the other main speaker of the evening was CPS faculty member and world renowned scholar Mahmood Mamdani. Professor Mamdani spoke in comparative terms about the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and the implications of this history for Palestinian activism.

Omar Barghouti, Palestinian Human Rights Activist & Co-founder of the BDS Movement

Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert H. Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University