Renowned author and activist Naomi Klein tells Mehdi Hasan that she fully supports the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) pro-Palestinian movement.

BDS, which calls for the boycott of Israeli-made goods, is often criticised for also pressing for the boycott of certain cultural and educational products and institutions. 

Responding to those criticisms, Klein says that she understands the reluctance to support a cultural boycott, but says "it's worth remembering that ... the cultural boycott was incredibly important when it came to South Africa." 

The activist and author says that she does not "pick and choose" what aspects of BDS to support because the movement "comes from a very, very broad cross-section of Palestinian civil society, and with very, very few tactics at their disposal. 

"I respect their right not only to self-determination ..., but also self-determination in determining non-violent tactics that they believe will work, and if they believe these tactics will work, then I support them," Klein adds. 

Watch more of Mehdi Hasan's interview with Klein in which she discusses what she sees as a link between capitalism and climate change.

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Source: Al Jazeera