Against Apartheid

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The case for boycotting Israeli universities. Edited by Bill Mullen and Ashley Dawson.

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Ashley Dawson’s life in South Africa gave special purpose to our book opposing Israel’s own apartheid state. Ashley and I are both members of USACBI, the United States Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Both of us are supporters of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against the Israel state, a plan modeled on Black South Africa’s own BDS campaign against Israeli apartheid. Our book includes brilliant essays by leading BDS activists explaining why they, too, support the boycott.

"This book is a tour de force: a must read that belongs on the nightstand of every decent human being on this earth concerned with peace and justice. Superbly edited, it brings together the most powerful and cogent cases ever made for BDS: the now widely global, non-violent civil disobedience that Palestinians and their supporters have launched against the vicious monstrosity of Zionist theft of their homeland. BDS is the civilized people’s response to the barbarity of Israeli colonial occupation of Palestine and Against Apartheid provides a relentlessly persuasive body of brilliant scholarship to prove the point. Do not miss it!” – Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in the City of New York

"Voices resound through this book with the reasoned argument that Israeli apartheid must be ended - and the way for intellectuals and artists to participate in this struggle is to boycott Israeli institutions that participate in and benefit from the occupation of Palestinian lands. This is an intellectual guidebook for the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement.” - Vijay Prashad, editor, Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation

"A specter is haunting Israel--the specter of a new anti-apartheid movement, working to end occupation, home demolitions, illegal settlements, detentions, relentless state violence, and the complicity of its most respected institutions in the brutal subjugation of the Palestinian people. Against Apartheid is its text, its manifesto. It is at once a powerful indictment of Israeli apartheid and the university’s role in designing, maintaining, and protecting the system, and an inspiring history of how Palestinian activists, artists, and intellectuals turned a global appeal into a global movement.” - Robin D. G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of U.S. History at UCLA



“This site takes its impetus, its hope, from those pushing back collectively against all varieties of exploitation and oppression. It is motivated especially by exceptional struggles around the world to which its creator has been a part: anti-capitalist fights for socialism; the struggle for a Free Palestine and BDS; anti-racism; the fight against creeping fascism.”
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