Feb. 22, 2016
Palestinian Human Rights Speaker Clashes with BDS Activists – Emily Kramer (Chicago Maroon)
An event featuring Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, abruptly came to an endThursday when disagreements between Eid and members of the audience led to police intervention. Eid is a vocal critic of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS).
Discussing the divisions in the Palestinian leadership, Eid said, “On the division of the Palestinians I will never, ever accuse Israel…. When will we, the Palestinians, start taking responsibility for what is going on?”
In an interview, Eid said that some Palestinian students could only display a sense of nationalism by criticizing Israel, but “I refused to put the blame on Israel.”
On Friday, Eid released a video of the lecture on YouTube, referring to some individuals who asked him questions as “Gangsters of the BDS.” He said, “These people are the coming terrorists. The university must impose greater control on these kinds of events.”
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