Palestine ‘the mainstream civil rights movement of our time’

9 Apr

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Prof Bill Mullen, Purdue University, Indiana, USA.

By Jenn Nina, Mondoweiss journal, 8 April, 2014 4

“The struggle for Palestinian liberation has become a mainstream global civil rights movement of our time,” said Bill Mullen, Professor of American Studies and English at Purdue University. “No one who believes in global justice can now stand on the sideline”.

Mullen was part of a panel addressing students, academics and activists at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) last Wednesday evening. The panel discussed boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and academic freedom both within CUNY and in universities throughout the U.S.

Based on the strength and increasing support for BDS nationwide, Mullen said “the battle for Palestine is quickly becoming this generation’s Vietnam”.

In quoting Omar Barghouti, co founder of the BDS movement, Mullen noted that the movement has reached “a tipping point” and added that students in Loyola University Chicago, University of Michigan, UCLA, University of New Mexico, National University of Ireland, Kings College London and York University have also recently pursued boycott resolutions. [Abridged]

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