Interview with the Gaza representative for the BDS movement following recent moves by the Trump administration criticized for targeting growing support for BDS.
By Rami Almeghari | Citizen Truth | Jan 1, 2020
The BDS movement does not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia.
On December 11, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses by using Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to declare his administration would withhold federal funding from any schools found permitting anti-semitism on campus.
The executive order was criticized widely by many as an attempt to stifle criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestine and stifle the growing support on college campuses of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement for Palestinian Rights (BDS). Supporters of the executive order argue anti-Semitism is on the rise and point to recent mass shootings targeting Jews.
Trump’s executive order follows recent shifts in U.S. foreign policy seen as favoring Israel over Palestine, including the cutting off of millions of dollars in annual aid to Palestinians and support for Israel’s claim to the disputed Golan Heights, among others. The executive order also comes after the Senate passed a bill in early 2019 that would allow states to punish supporters of the BDS movement more easily.
Following the news of Trump’s executive order, Citizen Truth’s Gaza-based writer, Rami Almeghari, conducted an exclusive interview with the Gaza representative for the BDS movement, Abdulrahman Abunahel. The two discussed the recent executive order, the growth and future of the BDS movement across the world and much more in the interview below.