Omar Barghouti (AP/Nasser Nasser) AP/Nasser Nasser
Omar Barghouti

BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti was invited to speak at a Labour Party festival, despite his history of promoting anti-Semitic conspiracies and support for the Jewish State’s destruction.

By JNS

Palestinian activist and co-founder of the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement Omar Barghouti will speak on a panel at an event taking place alongside the British Labour Party Conference.

Barghouti plans to discuss “British state and non-state actors” using “a variety of methods to suppress the democratic mobilizing of those working for progressive causes” on Sept. 24 at “The World Transformed,” an annual four-day political festival running beside the Labour conference.

One of the “partners” of the “The World Transformed” festival is Momentum, whose parent organization is the Labour Party.

The Labour Conference is not officially associated with the festival, though Labour Party members, including leader Jeremy Corbyn, have made appearances there in recent years.

A spokesman for the festival defended Barghouti’s involvement on the panel, saying, “Omar Barghouti is one of a number of internationally recognized human-rights defenders we have at this year’s festival, which features a range of distinguished speakers representing struggles from across the Global South.

“Mr. Barghouti has spoken extensively at universities, festivals, and events around the world to defend the rights of the Palestinian people as recognized by international laws,” the spokesman added.

Barghouti co-founded the BDS movement in 2005, and two years later, the Palestinian BDS National Committee, which has links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a U.S.-designated terror group.

He has called Israel an “apartheid state,” and according to Canary Mission, has “expressed support for terrorism, promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and regularly demonizes Israel. He opposes the Jewish right to self-determination and Israel’s existence, openly calling for its destruction as a Jewish state.”