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Support for the cause of Palestinian liberation has in the space of just a few years vaulted ahead.
Student activists are pressuring their universities to end their complicity with violations of Palestinian rights, and creative campaigns are popping up on more and more campuses. Faculty and graduate students are also joining the fray, as academic associations pass resolutions in support of the Palestinian call for an academic and cultural boycott of Israeli academic institutions. And though Zionists continue to mount McCarthyite attacks on professors who criticize the state of Israel, the blatant violations of academic freedom also alienate large swaths.
There has also been a flourishing of organizations committed to engaging in activism, debate, and dialogue about how to achieve Palestinian liberation. In addition to the BDS National Committee in Palestine itself, there are several U.S.-based organizations with which the ISO is involved, including Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
U.S. support for Israel is essential for Israel’s ability to continue its blatant violation of international law in its denial of basic rights to Palestinians within Israel, in the Occupied Territories, and in the Palestinian refugee camps that dot the Middle East. The reason for U.S. support goes beyond the well-funded and well-connected Israeli lobby: despite the sometimes bitter disagreements between Israeli and American politicians, Israel maintains U.S. support because a strong Israel lies at the heart of the U.S. strategy for domination of the oil-rich Middle East.
The boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement has put the question of Palestinian liberation in terms of international law and basic civil and human rights, and this has helped to expose—along with Israel’s repeated barbaric assaults on Gaza—the racism at the core of the Zionist colonial project. But support for Palestinian liberation—and opposition to Israeli apartheid and colonialism—also means that activists must confront the role of U.S. imperialism in maintaining the world’s last apartheid state.
We are also proud to be associated with Haymarket Books, which has published an impressive array of books on the subject, including Ali Abunimah’s The Battle for Justice in Palestine, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé’s Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians, The Struggle for Justice in Palestine edited by Lance Selfa, Moshé Machover’s Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Resolution, and Omar Barghouti’s Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.