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Alex Shams and Ali Abdi

The Politics of Boycotting Israel while Fighting Sanctions on Iran


As the bombs rained down on Gaza this summer, we were reminded yet again of the failure of peace talks, negotiations, or dialogue to attain meaningful results for the Palestinian people over the last seven decades of Israeli colonialism. Indeed, global demonstrations throughout July and August showed how widespread calls for the boycott of Israel have become, as activists around the world have come out in support of the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for the boycott of ...

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Alex Shams and Ali Abdi


Alex Shams is a journalist based in Bethlehem, Palestine. He received his master’s from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University in 2013 with a focus on gender in modern Iran. He is an editor-in-chief of Ajam Media Collective (, a blog focused on culture and society in Iran and Central Asia.  

Ali Abdi is a PhD student of Anthropology at Yale University. He is one of the founders of Havaar, the NY-based Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions, and State Repression. Before leaving Iran in 2009, Abdi was active in student and women's rights movements.