One of the organisers, Ahmed Moor, co-editor with me on a forthcoming book After Zionism, issued the following statement to Inside Higher Ed for critics who won’t understand why advocates can’t find love for Israel in their hearts:
In an era when presidential candidates feel it is appropriate to deny the existence of the Palestinian people, I understand why some may feel threatened by a call for equal rights in Israel/Palestine. In America too, people once feared the consequences of an end to segregation. More recently, Afrikaners worried that enfranchising South African blacks may be a bad decision. But they learned that granting everyone equal rights is nothing to be afraid of. Indeed, their country is better since the fall of apartheid.