Is boycotting Israel ethical or anti-Semitic?

Jun 17, 2015

ABC - The Religion and Ethics Report

Peter Slezak, executive member of Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network, on The Religion and Ethics Report defended the BDS movement in a debate against Nick Dyrenfurth.

By Andrew West
Presented by The Religion and Ethics Report

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week appointed a minister to fight the growing campaign for the boycott, divestment and sanctions against his country. The campaign says it aims to pressure Israel to leave the occupied West Bank territories. But is there another agenda? And, as critics allege, is it anti-Semitic? A new book by authors Philip Mendes and Nick Dyrenfurth called Boycotting Israel is Wrong argues another path for Israelis and Palestinians. Nick Dyrenfurth debates the issue with Professor Peter Slezak, a philosopher at the University of New South Wales and advocate for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign.

Associate Professor Peter Slezak PhD
Philosopher, University of New South Wales; executive member, Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network

Dr Nick Dyrenfurth
Co-author (with Philip Mendes), Boycotting Israel is Wrong: The Progressive Path to Peace Between Palestinians and Israelis, New South (2015)

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