As some of you may recall, in 2009 Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and other associated usual suspects decided they would play their then-familiar divestment hoax card with the huge and well-known academic retirement fund TIAA-CREF. Fortunately, this was just the period when blogs like this one were coming online to double check the BDSers claims and catch them with their hands in the cookie jar during a twelve month period of similar attempted divestment frauds.
Demonstrating that such groups have chutzpah (no substitute for integrity, but worth mentioning), they followed up their 2009 hoax with a 2010 campaign to get TIAA-CREF to actually do what JVP just pretended they did one year previously: divest from Israel.
Well, lo and behold, TIAA-CREF decided that you can’t screw someone on Friday and then ask them to do your bidding the following Monday. And so divestment will not be on the CREF shareholder ballot in 2011. As one of my favorite commenters might put it: “Ooops!”
To get a sense of the thinking behind these types of stunts, let me direct you to the most excellent adventures of Sydney and Omar (a little something I posted last year during a slow period).
Party on dudes!