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        <h1 id="reader-title">Video: BDS challenges Israel and "partners
          in crime," says Omar Barghouti</h1>
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              <p>On Sunday, <a
                  href="https://electronicintifada.net/tags/omar-barghouti">Omar
                  Barghouti</a> was presented with the <a
                  href="http://www.gandhipeaceaward.org">Gandhi Peace
                  Award</a> at a ceremony in New Haven, Connecticut.</p>
              <p>He was recognized for his role as a human rights
                defender and co-founder of the boycott, divestment and
                sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom,
                justice and equality.</p>
              <p>Barghouti was introduced by Rebecca Vilkomerson,
                director of <a
                  href="https://electronicintifada.net/tags/jewish-voice-peace">Jewish
                  Voice for Peace</a>, who cited his role in pushing her
                organization to fully endorse the Palestinian call for
                BDS.</p>
              <p>“Twelve years ago, we were called romantic dreamers or
                worse,” Barghouti said in his acceptance speech,
                recalling the beginnings of the BDS movement. “Today,
                our fast-growing movement is recognized as being so
                strong as to be fought by the full force of Israel’s
                regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid,
                and by its partners in crime in the United States,
                Europe, Canada and Australia, among others.”</p>
              <p>Dedicating the award to <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/charlotte-silver/israel-punishes-hunger-strikers-demanding-their-rights">hunger-striking
                  Palestinian prisoners</a> and Palestinian refugees,
                Barghouti said the monetary sum that comes with it would
                be equally divided among Black Lives Matter and four
                other US organizations that work for Palestinian rights.</p>
              <p>Watch the whole speech in the video above.</p>
              <h2>Israel lobby upset</h2>
              <p>In a sign of how fearful major US institutions remain
                of offending Israel’s powerful lobby, Yale University,
                where the ceremony took place, issued what a local
                newspaper <a
href="http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20170423/nader-israel-critic-barghouti-given-gandhi-peace-awards-in-new-haven-yale-disavows-views">called</a>
                “an unusual statement distancing the university from
                endorsing the Gandhi event.”</p>
              <p>By contrast, the university has <a
                  href="http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3787486,00.html">openly
                  honored</a> Israeli leaders such as Tzipi Livni, who
                is <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/did-war-crimes-summons-force-tzipi-livni-cancel-brussels-trip">wanted
                  for questioning by prosecutors</a> in several
                countries over her role in war crimes in the Gaza Strip.</p>
              <p>On Monday, <em>The New Haven Register</em> published
                an <a
href="http://www.nhregister.com/opinion/20170424/forum-honoring-those-like-barghouti-will-make-enduring-peace-much-less-attainable">article</a>
                by leaders of local Israel lobby groups attacking
                Barghouti and smearing the BDS movement.</p>
              <h2>Israeli harassment</h2>
              <p>Barghouti’s attendance at the Yale ceremony had been in
                doubt. As part of its effort to crush the BDS movement,
                Israel has targeted him for harassment.</p>
              <p>In the past year, Barghouti has been subjected to a <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israel-temporarily-lifts-travel-ban-bds-co-founder-omar-barghouti">travel
                  ban</a> and open threats by Israel’s top ministers.</p>
              <p>During a “Stop the Boycott” conference held in
                Jerusalem last year, Gilad Erdan, Israel’s public
                security and strategic affairs minister, <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/eu-envoy-refuses-condemn-israeli-threats-against-bds-activists">vowed</a>
                that BDS activists “will know they will pay a price for
                it.”</p>
              <p>Singling out Barghouti, Erdan, who is responsible for
                spearheading Israel’s assault on the global BDS
                movement, added, “We will soon be hearing more of our
                friend Barghouti.”</p>
              <p>During the same conference, which was attended by EU
                and US diplomats, Israel’s intelligence minister Yisrael
                Katz called for the thwarting of the BDS leadership,
                using the same Hebrew term used by the military for
                “targeted killing,” or extrajudicial execution.</p>
              <p>In the latest chapter of that campaign, in mid-March,
                Israeli authorities <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israeli-allegations-against-omar-barghouti-fabricated-boycott-movement">detained
                  and interrogated Barghouti</a> over several days in a
                tax fraud investigation.</p>
              <p>Barghouti has <a
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/under-israeli-gag-order-omar-barghouti-urges-more-bds">condemned</a>
                the investigation as part of Israel’s “McCarthyite witch
                hunt” and denounced the “vicious lies published by
                Israel’s regime against me.”</p>
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