A conference on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian justice will be held at the University of Sydney over July 28–29.

Free and open to the public, the conference will be the largest ever held on BDS in Australia, with three keynote lectures, four discussion panels and more than 30 separate talks on a wide array of topics.

It is hosted by the university’s Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and supported by a wide range of community organisations, including the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network. This is the first time a BDS conference has been hosted by an Australian university.

As Israel’s brutal repression of Palestinians strengthens, BDS, now in its twelfth year, has become the focus of the international Palestine solidarity movement.

Modelled on the campaign against South African apartheid, BDS demands an end to the occupation of the West Bank and the siege of Gaza, the recognition of Palestinian refugees’ right to return to the homes from which they were evicted, and full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Read the full article by Kerry Smith at Green Left Weekly.

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