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Prof. Mamdani is an outspoken supporter of the BDS movement, and is a signatory to the Columbia University Apartheid Divest faculty petition.[1] In December 2014, for example, the Columbia Center for Palestine Studies hosted Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, and Prof. Mamdani at an event called ‘Palestine’s South Africa Moment? The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.’

In addition to comparing Israel to an apartheid state and claiming that Palestinian academics do not have academic freedom, Mamdani advocated for the destruction of Israel, saying that, “the long term security of a Jewish homeland in historic Palestine requires the dismantling of the Jewish state… Jews can have a homeland in historic Palestine, but not a state.”[2]

[1] Columbia University Apartheid Divest. (2016). Faculty Petition. Retrieved from http://apartheiddivest.org/faculty

[2] Schiffren, M. (December 22, 2014). Dreaming of ‘Palestine’s South Africa Moment’. Front Page Mag. Retrieved from http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/247887/dreaming-palestines-south-africa-moment-mara-schiffren

Associated Organizations:

Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS); Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR – Director since 2010)

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