The Case for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: A Conversation with Dr. Jess Ghannam

Saturday, March 19 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM: THE CASE FOR BOYCOTTING ISRAEL: A Conversation with Dr. Jess Ghannam

Dr. Jess Ghannam is an accomplished Palestinian-American psychologist and professor who is active in numerous non-governmental organizations and in carrying out humanitarian work, particularly in the Gaza Strip. He is a clinical professor and the Chief of Medical Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco, and also practices at the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Jess Ghannam

Since the early 1990s, Dr. Ghannam has worked extensively in the field of medical development in the occupied Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He is a board member of the Gaza Community Health Clinic, and has established medical clinics in towns and cities across the Gaza Strip, including Gaza City, Khan Younis, Jabalia and Deir el-Balah.


Dr. Ghannam is also the former president of the San Francisco chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and a member of the international executive committee of Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition.

Dr. Ghannam will be speaking about the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).

USACBI is a U.S. campaign focused on a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions, responding to the call of Palestinian civil society to join the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel. USACBI believes it is time to take a public, principled stance in support of equality, self-determination, human rights (including the right to education), and true democracy.


Dr. Ghannam will present an update on the current conditions in Occupied Palestine. After his presentation, there will be a discussion on how local activists can support the Palestinian struggle for equality, freedom and justice.

Watch Dr. Ghannam’s TEDxSF talk:


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