Fallout

Catching up on some other BDS news taking place between the PennBDS brouhaha and upcoming BDS fights within the Methodist and Presbyterian churches:

While I refuse to leverage the alleged defection of Norman Finkelstein from the BDS cause, I’m happy to point out an interesting piece that appeared on Jewish Ideas Daily that analyzes part of the story I don’t get to talk about enough, namely what makes up this alleged “Palestinian Civil Society” that supposedly justifies everything the BDSers claim to be doing (from torturing food co-op members to screaming at the top of their lungs at ballet performances).  This is an interesting follow up to the BDS Sewer System Analysis performed by the indispensable NGO Monitor.  Both pieces are required reading to best understand the shop worn rationale behind the current iteration of the BDS “movement.”

And speaking of food co-ops, the Olympia Food Co-op case finally came before a judge last week.  As background, members of the Olympia Food Co-op sued the organization last Fall for implementing a boycott of Israeli products in violation of the co-ops rules.   And supporters of the boycott essentially counter-sued, claiming that the original lawsuit was an example of a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) violation, denying the co-op’s board its right of free speech.

In the interest of full disclosure, I provided expert testimony in the court case regarding whether BDS represents a “nationally recognized boycott” (something required according to the Co-ops rules) which essentially repeats what I said here (without the references to Sponge Bob Square Pants and the Pope).  In further interest of full disclosure, I will also repeat my strong preference for political vs. legal remedies to BDS situations (especially since we’ve been so successful in defeating the boycotters politically to date).

But a court case would be an interesting place for various questions that have floated around the Olympia story to get answered.  These include whether the board has full power to do whatever it wants (regardless of specifics in the co-ops own boycott rules); whether the board’s right of free speech extends to the right to make political statements on behalf of the membership (or, as plaintiff’s attorney put it: “Someone can’t write an article and sign my name to it, and claim free-speech protection”).

Before any of those questions can be answered, the initial anti-SLAPP counter-case must first be decided (which it will be next week) a decision that will likely be appealed whatever side wins.  While I suspect the SLAPP matter will be taken off the table (given the mushiness of the concept in this context – after all, can the Co-op now be hit with an anti-SLAPP lawsuit for using their own anti-SLAPP suit to silence their opponents?), there is still the possibility that this judge will simply tell the members to solve this problem for themselves.

Interestingly, BDSers nationwide are claiming a dismissal of the SLAAP  motion will represent a serious setback for their cause (recognizing what might happen if the case gets to the point where anti-BDS forces get the chance to perform discovery on how the co-op made their original boycott decision).

In the meantime (and just to put the whole thing into perspective), co-ops in Davis, Sacramento and even right up the street from Olympia in Port Townsend don’t seem to be suffering from any fallout whatsoever regarding their decision to give BDS the old heave ho (a point that I hope will not be missed by people making BDS decisions in Park Slope next month).

And as a final bit of news, it turns out that Israel represented the safest investor return in the world over the last ten years, despite war, terror, and endless attempts to isolate, vilify, boycott, divest from and sanction the Jewish state.  Now what else has been going on over the last ten years while Israel became the world’s safest haven for outside investment?  (I’ll give you a hint – it’s got D in the middle, but otherwise just spells BS.)

 

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13 Responses to Fallout

  1. BeautifulSingers February 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    You can read PDFs of the defendants' and plaintiffs' filings here: http://ccrjustice.org/ourcases/current-cases/davis-v-cox

    • Anonymous February 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

      When exactly will we learn of the decision?

  2. BeautifulSingers February 27, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    A decision is due tomorrow, Monday, 2-27-12. This decision will probably only address whether the anti-boycotters lawsuit against the Israel-boycotting Olympia Food Coop Board is a SLAPP suit. If it isn't then the lawsuit will probably continue.

  3. Anonymous February 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    One Olympian response to Jon's “less than honest” representation of our city and it's fine co-op:
    http://www.olywip.org/site/page/article/2011/03/2011-03-BDS.pdf

    • Jon February 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      How the hell did I miss that one? Guess I need to stay on top of the comings and goings of the Thurston (Howell?) Rainbow Coalition?

      Given that this was written close to a year ago, I guess there's no point Fisking a Fisking (even though I appreciate the care that went into the page layout of the WIP piece with all those call-outs.

      But I can't let that horseshit “hundreds of death threats” nonsense pass without pointing people towards my favorite posting and exchange on this subject:

      http://www.divestthis.com/2010/09/courage.html

  4. uncle yo yo February 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Anonymous. Thank you for proving one of Jon's points.

    How is a decision by a Coop Board (what was the yes vote, a total of 4 or 5 or 7?) behind the backs of its members suddenly a decision backed by each and every member of the entire coop and by all of Olympia? Because you pretend it is?

    By your logic, every other coop vote also represents the choice of the entire coop and the city in which it rests. It is nice to know that (per the illogic of BDS), as soon as the Park Slope Coop votes no to BDS, that will mean that the millions of people who live in Brooklyn NY are all pro-Israel by proxy and fiat.

  5. Anonymous February 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    HAHAHAHA, Judge tosses lawsuit that sought to overturn Olympia Food Co-op's boycott of Israeli goods

    Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2012/02/27/2007774/judge-tosses-lawsuit-that-sought.html#storylink=cpy

    Looks like Jon's “expert” testimony was a failure. Sucks to be anti-Palestinian today.

    • Anonymous February 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

      By the way, glad to see that each of the 16 defendants is entitled to $10,000. Thank you all for your very generous donations to our movement.

    • Anonymous February 28, 2012 at 5:03 am #

      …And King Jon is silent…

      • Ben June 12, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

        Took 3 years but your ass is pretty silent now.

  6. Jon February 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Do you mind if I get my kids off to school before coming up with something to say on the matter?

  7. uncle yo yo February 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Anonymous BDSer

    Jon is more pro-palestinian on his worst day than you (and every other BDS member) are on your best day. While you imagine yourself all virtuous and true (in your head), you are condemning and encouraging the actual breathing, living Palestinians to suffer more war, danger, and misery. You are making the Palestinians the collateral damage to your sick twisted fantasies. That is what makes you particularly repugnant. If you are young . . . grow up. If you are old . . . FOAD. Thanks.

  8. Ben February 29, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    Oh my goodness, this is the final and greatest victory in the history of BDS, the legal judgment was so briliant and unimpeachable…
    well, um, not really if you read it closely….
    and there is no further appeals process that could influence the final settling of this matter…
    wait a minute, this wasn't the verdict of the Washington State Supreme Court? OH! That's different.
    I think a group that tends to hail victories that never happened would be wise to also not hail victories that aren't final. Remember the Berkeley divestment issue? If down the line it's a victory for BDS in Olympia, that's not a problem. Right now, nothing's been settled, so unless you want to say that the legal process doesn't apply to anti-BDS individuals as they're clearly not deserving of full citizenship rights, you shouldn't really pour any champagne yet. TO. BE. CONTINUED.

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