"The J Street conference in Washington staged a debate yesterday on the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions movement featuring Rebecca Vilkomerson ofJewish Voice for Peace; Bernard Avishai of the Hebrew University, the NY Times and The Hebrew Republic; Kenneth Bob of Ameinu; and Simone Zimmerman, a Berkeley sophomore who led opposition to BDS on that campus. Vilkomerson was the lone voice on the panel for BDS. We'll have more on the panel later, including the arguments against boycott and the inevitable one-state-two-state hopscotch. But here are her prepared remarks.
I just want to take a moment in appreciation of J Street for including this discussion at the conference. It is the most important conversation, in my mind, that we can have at this moment, and I thank you for having it.
I want to take a moment to make sure we all are clear about what BDS is. BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. It’s a Palestinian led, globally active, non-violent movement in support of equality and freedom for the Palestinian people."