In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call. Members of the Milwaukee chapter of this movement have approached the Riverwest Public House asking the business to join. The Board of Directors deemed a public speaking event to be useful in allowing members and neighbors to deliberate whether the Public House should participate.
The Public House currently has no official position on this issue. It presently carries no Israeli products, and has not hosted any Israeli academic or cultural institutions. An informal, non-binding vote among members will follow the presentation.