Additional Information on Omar Barghouti

* In 2009, Barghouti — who already held a master’s degree in philosophy from Tel Aviv University in Israel — commenced a doctoral program at that same school, though he would never complete it. When the newspaper Ma’ariv asked Barghouti whether he was being hypocritical by calling for academic boycotts of Israel while benefiting from that nation’s educational institutions, he replied: “My studies at Tel Aviv University are a personal matter and I have no interest in commenting.”

* In a 2010 interview, Barghouti said: “In the BDS movement, we don’t say we are against violent resistance, we’re saying what we’re doing is by definition non-violent resistance.”

* In 2011, Barghouti published Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, described by Haymarket Books as “a manifesto for winning Palestinian civil rights.”

* Barghouti currently lives in Israel with his wife, an Israeli Arab who holds a degree in sexuality counseling from New York University.

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