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Omar Barghouti

Co-founder of BDS movement, championing Palestinian rights and freedoms.

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Why Featured?

Omar Barghouti is best known as a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. His efforts have been central to promoting Palestinian rights and opposing Israeli policies considered unjust by supporters of the Palestinian cause.

Brief bio

Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian activist who has played a pivotal role in the global movement to challenge Israeli policies through economic and cultural boycotts. He is a co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the BDS movement. Barghouti has been a vocal advocate for Palestinian rights and has gained international recognition, including receiving the Gandhi Peace Award in 2017.

Major Milestones


  • Early Life and Education (1982-1993): Moved to the United States for education, earning a master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University.

  • Co-founding BDS Movement (2005): Played a key role in establishing the BDS movement.

  • Academic Achievements: Received a master's degree in philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University and pursued a PhD.

  • Gandhi Peace Award (2017): Honored for his role in nonviolent resistance to Israeli policies.

  • Global Advocacy: Instrumental in advocating for Palestinian rights on the international stage...See More

  • Academic Boycott: Key in promoting the academic boycott of Israeli institutions...See More

  • Cultural Boycott: Advocated for the cultural boycott of Israel as a form of protest...See More

  • Nonviolent Resistance: Emphasized the importance of nonviolent methods in the Palestinian struggle.

  • Awareness and Mobilization: Played a major role in raising global awareness and mobilizing support for Palestinian causes.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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