November 18, NYC: Against Apartheid – The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities

Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities: Book release and discussion at 7:00 p.m. at The CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Ave), room C201. 

As the debate about BDS continues nationally and within CUNY, please join Ashley Dawson, Bill V. Mullen, Nerdeen Mohsen and Radhika Sainath for a vital discussion on the importance–and challenges–of boycotting Israeli universities.

This event will also celebrate the release of ‘Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities,’ edited by Ashley Dawson and Bill V. Mullen, with a foreword by Ali Abunimah (

Focusing on the complicity of Israeli universities in maintaining the occupation of Palestine and on the repression of academic and political freedom for Palestinians, ‘Against Apartheid’ powerfully explains why scholars and students throughout the world should refuse to do business with Israeli institutions. This rich collection of essays is a handbook for scholars and activists.

Indeed, it is, featuring analysis and reflection from a wide range of professors, students, and activists (including many involved in the American Studies Association’s breakthough boycott resolution of 2013) and geographies, including Palestine, Israel, and South Africa.

About the speakers:
Ashley Dawson (co-editor) is a professor of English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Dawson is author of numerous books, including ‘Capitalism and Extinction’ (PM Press, forthcoming).

Bill V. Mullen (co-editor) is a professor of American Studies at Purdue University. He is a member of the organizing collective for USACBI (United States Campaign for the Academmic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) and faculty advisor to Purdue Students for Justice in Palestine. In 2012 he was a member of the USACBI delegation to Palestine. Mullen is the author of numerous books, and his writing on Palestine and academic boycott has appeared in ‘Electronic Intifada,’ ‘Mondoweiss,’ ‘Social Text,’ and ‘International Socialist Review.’ Mullen is also a CUNY alumni.

Nerdeen Mohsen (contributor) serves on the steering committee of the national Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and is a founding member of NYC SJP. Past president of the College of Staten Island, CUNY, chapter, she is currently vice president of that chapter as well as vice-president of the Hunter College, CUNY, SJP chapter.

Radhika Sainath is staff attorney, Palestine Legal, and cooperating counsel, Center for Constitutional Rights, which organizations together recently issued a report, “The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack.” Sainath has appeared on MSNBC and has written on Israel/Palestine for ‘The Nation,’ ‘Electronic Intifada,’ ‘Mondoweiss,’ and elsewhere.

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