Empowered for Their Own Liberation: The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Movement to End the Israeli Occupation


In 2005, Palestinian grassroots organizations issued a unified call to impose economic measures against Israel until it complies with international law. The BDS movement, as it is known, has rejuvenated Palestinian society in their struggle for freedom and justice by adopting a rights-based approach to their political focus. This movement challenges the elites that claim to represent the Palestinian people and puts civil society and grassroots organizations at the forefront.

Speaker: Sandra Tamari

Biography: STL-PSC member Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian American and Quaker peace and social justice activist. She holds a Masters degree in International Development, Arab studies from Georgetown University and was a Fulbright scholar in Jordan. She has worked in the West Bank on political prisoner rights and recently completed a year in Lebanon where she focused on Palestinian refugee issues. She was the assistant director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University for five years before moving to the St. Louis-area where she is raising two children and working at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in their Center for International Programs. She is an active member of the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee and traveled to Cairo, Egypt in December 2009 to take part in the Gaza Freedom March. 

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