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Prof. Singh is an ardent promoter of the BDS movement. In 2009 he was a signatory to an open letter to President Obama, calling Israel the perpetrator of “one of the most massive, ethnocidal atrocities of modern times.”[1] During a 2012 interview, Singh alleged that Jews have no historical connection to the city of Hebron, and went on to state that Jewish ties to Israel are “bogus historical claims.”[2]

In a 2012 personal account of a USACBI delegation “fact finding” trip to Israel and the West Bank entitled “Palestine Diaries,” Singh, for example, described the road to Ramallah as “characteristic of the geography of apartheid.” He alleged that “no Palestinian life is permitted” in Area C, and that garbage and debris is allowed to accumulate on the roadways as an “apartheid infrastructure [that] daily mocks the dream of a ‘contiguous and viable’ Palestinian state.” In discussing anti-Israel academic Ilan Pappe’s labeling of the 1948 “Nakba” (catastrophe) – describing the formation of the State of Israel – as the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, Singh argues that “it was not a singular event, but a continuous and ongoing process.[3]

[1] Open Letter. (Jan. 12, 2009). Dear President-elect Obama. The Daily Star. Retrieved from http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2009/Jan-12/51647-dear-president-elect-obama.ashx

[2] Talk, A. (2012). Interview with Professor Nikhil Pal Singh on Palestine. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/InterviewWithProfessorNikhilPalSinghOnPalestine

[3] Singh, N.P. (July 6, 2012). Palestine Diaries. Social Text Online. Retrieved from https://socialtextjournal.org/periscope_article/palestine-diaries/

Associated Organizations:

: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS); US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI – advisory board); American Studies Association (ASA – Executive Committee member).

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