Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Following pressure from BDS activists, several main speakers have canceled their appearance at the Israeli first-ever herbal-medicine conference, slated to take place in Poriya (which was built on the ruins of emptied Palestinian villages back in 1948) in Tiberias February 9-11.
The president of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), Bevin Clare, also withdrew from the conference.
Other speakers including 7Song from the US and Danny O’Rawe from Northern Ireland announced that they would not be attending the conference as well.
The event was supposed to host other speakers, including the extremist settler Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum, a native of Denmark, who is a founder and director of Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin: Holistic Torah for Women on the Land.
Siegelbaum, who is an illegal West Bank settler, has previously expressed extreme views, which claimed that the Palestinian people do not exist, the Palestinian refugees are a “myth”, and that the West Bank is just a “major linguistic error” because it is not located exactly on the edge of the Jordan river, which makes it legal for Jews to build settlements there.
Shabina Lafleur-Gangji, an AHG employee and editor of the AHG Journal, was the one who started the campaign to boycott the whitewashing event, posting on her Facebook and Instagram pages to draw attention to the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians and the extreme views of some speakers at the event.