Palestine Solidarity Movement Announces Program for Divestment Conference
Quickly approaching the February 17 – 19 date of its Fifth Annual Student Conference at Georgetown University (GU), the Palestine Solidarity Movement (PSM) announced today that its 2006 convergence will focus primarily upon skills-training for emerging divestment activists and campaign development for existing Palestine solidarity organizations. The PSM is the largest North American coalition of students, professionals, as well as religious and community groups advocating the implementation of boycott and divestment strategies in order to peacefully oppose Israeli human rights violations of the Palestinian people.
According to PSM Spokesperson Nadeem Muaddi, “The goal of divestment is to pressure the state of Israel to comply with international law so that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved in such a way that justice is not compromised.”
Confirmed speakers include: Sue Blackwell, British academic who led the Association of University Teachers (AUT) boycott of Israeli academic institutions earlier this year; Ali Abunimah, esteemed writer, commentator on Middle East affairs, and co-founder of The Electronic Intifada news service; as well as Philip Farah, Senior Economist and former instructor at the Lutheran School of Ramallah and Birzeit University; and Mohammad Abed, lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and activist with UW Divest from Israel Campaign.
Bayann Hamid, spokesperson for GU Students for Justice in Palestine – this year’s PSM host group – stated that in addition to the aforementioned presenters, “we’re also expecting a prominent activist from Palestine to address the attendees.” Conference organizers made the decision not to release this activist’s name for fear of any backlash or harassment that he/she may face from Israeli occupation forces that restrict the daily movement of Palestinians in the West Bank. “The Israeli government places a great deal of obstacles in the way of outspoken Palestinians wishing to leave or return to their homeland”, added Hamid.
The event is open to the public and all students and community activists are encouraged to attend. A minimum donation of $10.00 is required to register. For more information: www.palestinesolidaritymovement.org.