How divestment conversations helped to unite the pro-Palestinian protest movement


In a recent CBC article, journalist Jonathan Montpetit tracks how conversations about divestment have helped to unify the pro-Palestinian protest movement across many Canadian campuses. Montpetit discusses how boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) demands in the early 2000s were met with criticism by Canadian politicians and major postsecondary institutions. However, the author explains that the recent wave of campus encampments set up in Canada have effectively used some of the language of BDS–as well as that of newer concepts like settler colonialism–to unite solidarity groups and “shift” the conversation to one that more people can and will engage with. The article points out that while this language is by no means universally accepted, it has served as an entry point for some activists who are new to this cause.