Petition demands panel discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict at Netroots Nation convention
A petition has been created to have a discussion about Apartheid Israel and Palestinian civil rights at the Netroots Nation convention next July.
The Netroots Nation convention is one of the nation’s largest gathering of liberal progressive grassroots organizers, social justice advocates and bloggers in the U.S. The organization is allowing people to vote for panels that will take place at this year’s convention. So far the Israeli Apartheid and Palestinian Civil Rights has received 107 votes. No other panel has received more than 14 votes thus far.
“Netroots officials do not remember ever having hosted a forum on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians despite being the country’s largest venue for progressives in the country. It is my hope and expectation that we will get a fair hearing to host a panel on this issue,” blogger Daniel Gouldman, who started the petition, said.
The petition requests that the panel be consisted of four speakers—Rania Khalek, Max Blumenthal, Linda Sarsour and a representative from Jewish Voice For Peace—to discuss some of the human rights violations that Israel has been committing over the last 50 years.
With the growing wave of BDS campaigns across the nation, Gouldman feels this is not an opportunity Palestine activists should pass up.
“Bringing this issue to the fore at Netroots is important, because it represents the most influential people within the online progressive community. And every day – more and more Americans are joining the cause for Palestinian equal rights as they are realizing the water is just fine over here,” Gouldman said.
For more information on the proposed panel click here.