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No Veganwashing Israeli Crimes!

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A panel responds to the use of veganism to propagandize the occupation. Organized by Animal Liberation Currents and Vegans for BDS

For over a decade, the nation branding campaign Brand Israel has sought to “wash” the crimes of occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing by carefully crafting the image of Israel as a progressive, forward-thinking oasis of modernism in the Middle East. The campaign has appropriated elements of both the LGBT and environmental movements to advance these goals. Such “pinkwashing” and “greenwashing” are unique in the world of state-sponsored propaganda campaigns.

Over the past several years, veganism has increasingly been weaponized for the same ends. Animal advocates across the West have been influenced by various claims of a vegan/ animal rights “revolution” in Israel and even participated in aspects of veganwashing. By contrast, the emerging animal rights movement in Palestine – like all social movement struggles – has suffered greatly under Israel’s occupation and violent expansionist agenda.

What notion of veganism is being appropriated here and what are the realities of animal rights in Israel? How prevalent is Zionism in the global animal advocacy movement? What are the realities of animal liberation struggle in the Palestinian context? What are the possibilities of Palestinian solidarity work in the global animal liberation movement? Vegans for BDS, in conjunction with Animal Liberation Currents, organized this panel discussion on the recent history of veganwashing, the need for a comprehensive response from the animal liberation movement and the politics of BDS organizing.

Moderated by Suzie Wadi. Presentations by:

  • Emmy Legge
  • John Riddell
  • Ahlam Haroun (via skype)
  • Michael John Addario
  • Danielle Williams