16: Solidarity as a tool for defending Palestinian rights
Solidarity is a critical tool in times of increased state and corporate hostility to human rights. For some, the word might simply evoke in-principle support for the struggles of others. But in a more robust version, solidarity may mean mobilizing protest and pressure on grand scale to press for change. The final episode of Season Two takes an up-close look at the increasingly prominent campaign for Palestinian rights, BDS. Co-founder Omar Barghouti recalls the steps leading to the movement’s formation by a large coalition of Palestinian civil society groups in 2005, explains its structure and describes the ways it tries to have an impact. He rebuts accusations that BDS is antisemitic and points to places, including the US and Israel, where support is growing.