This evening in Tel Aviv, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will deliver an important keynote address at an important conference on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The IAM conference, entitled “BDS Campaign Against Israel: On Campusand Beyond,” will take tonight at 6 p.m. in Tel Aviv University, Max Webb Hall 1. LDB President Marcus, a former Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will address “What is Anti-Semitic About the BDS Movement?” In his keynote address, Mr. Marcus will explain why the BDS movement must be considered anti-Semitic even if some of its advocates deny harboring conscious anti-Semitic intent. Marcus will also discuss legal tools that can be used to address some of the more extreme abuses of the movement. Other conference speakers will include historian Richard Landes, political scientist Ofira Seliktar, and journalist Ben-Dror Yemini. Details on the event are as follows:
The public is invited to the IAM event on “BDS Campaign Against Israel: On Campus and Beyond” – Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 6pm in Tel Aviv University, Max Webb hall 1.
Entrance from gates 1 and 8, paid parking available.
Speakers bio and lectures
Lecture 1- Keynote speaker: Kenneth L. Marcus
What is Anti-Semitic About the Movement to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction Israel?
“Supporters of the BDS movement argue that their campaign is a political response to human rights violations. Accusations of anti-Semitism, they often insist, are a bad-faith effort to limit debate on a legitimate topic of moral and political concern. Kenneth L. Marcus, a human rights expert who formerly directed the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, explains why they are wrong. In fact, anti-Jewish campaigns have frequently used the rhetoric of their times to justify anti-Jewish bigotry. The BDS movement, Marcus shows, continues a long-standing effort to marginalize and delegitimize the Jewish people. Some BDS supporters are consciously anti-Semitic, while others are not. The essential feature of the movement however is its assault on the State of Israel as the collective Jew.”
Kenneth L. Marcus, President & General Counsel, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.