BNC Statement

Statement regarding Women For Palestine "interview"

The website Women For Palestine recently published an “interview” that purported to have been carried out with Riya Hassan, Europe Campaigns Officer with the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition of Palestinian organisations that leads and supports the BDS movement. The BNC wishes to make clear that none of its activists have carried out an interview with the Women For Palestine website.

The website Women For Palestine recently published an “interview” that purported to have been carried out with Riya Hassan, Europe Campaigns Officer with the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition of Palestinian organisations that leads and supports the BDS movement.

The BNC wishes to make clear that none of its activists have carried out an interview with the Women For Palestine website. The published “interview” was clearly conducted with an imposter and contained a great deal of -- deliberate -- misinformation and fabrication.

The sham interview was also disseminated by email using fake email addresses to give the false impression that it was being shared by reputable and widely supported Palestine solidarity organisations.

The “interview,” which is no longer online, has all the fingerprints of Israel’s anti-democratic and often illegal intelligence war on the BDS movement.

Israel has made clear that it will go to any lengths in order to smear and tarnish the activities of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights and has set up a “tarnishing unit” to discredit BDS activists. These and similarly desperate and dangerous repressive measures show simultaneously that Israel recognises that BDS poses a significant challenge to its system of apartheid, colonialism and occupation and that it has failed, despite years of trying, to slow down the spread of BDS into the international mainstream.

For more information on Israel’s war of repression against BDS and the wide range of support our campaign against it has received, please see our Right To Boycott page.

Palestinian BDS National Committee


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