On Thursday, April 2nd, Rebecca Vilkomerson, former Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Khury Petersen-Smith, Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow from Institute Policy Studies, joined a webinar organized by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC).

The event was part of a series of webinars organized for Israeli Apartheid Week which this year was held around March 21st, commemorating the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in South Africa, and organized under the theme United Against Racism.

Khury Petersen-Smith started the event highlighting how important it is in moments like the current one to see which systems fail and which continue to operate. While governments state that there is not enough funding for health systems, the US has increased sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, showing that colonization and imperialism don’t take a break even during a global pandemic.

Khury also highlighted that, while healthcare workers and service providers work in deteriorating conditions, security forces and military action are given top priority.

Read a complete written summary of this webinar is available via the BDS National Committee.

Khury Petersen-Smith is the Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Rebecca Vilkomerson is the former Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace.

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