"Where does it say that you have a contract with G-d to have an easy life?"

the Lubavitcher Rebbe

"Failure is not the enemy of success; it is its prerequisite."

Rabbi Nosson Scherman

8 Feb 2013

Two different versions

In searching this morning for the speeches presented by Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti at the BDS event at Brooklyn College last night, I only came across Judith Butler's remarks. Does anyone have a link to what Omar Barghouti said?

Judith Butler stated, "I presume that you came to hear what there is to be said, and so to test your preconceptions against what some people have to say, to see whether your objections can be met and your questions answered. In other words, you come here to exercise critical judgment, and if the arguments you hear are not convincing, you will be able to cite them, to develop your opposing view and to communicate that as you wish. In this way, your being here this evening confirms your right to form and communicate an autonomous judgment, to demonstrate why you think something is true or not, and you should be free to do this without coercion and fear."

Below is a video produced by Stand with Us which questions some of Omar Barghouti's statements of the past. So, which side's version of events do we choose as truth?  And what about those members of the audience who only heard one side? 


  1. I went to the talk he gave at UC Irvine on Monday evening. Someone taped it and put up online

    Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dhPN7dt1nJ4

    Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nx5nSW6zZZU

    Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cxnkGoY_0-4

    Part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Hlc1xAssVx8

    Unless you want to repeatedly hear apartheid state and colonial state skip to part 3 for the q & a. The question in part 4 at 3:50 is pretty good at making him look like a doofus.