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The A Word

Like so much else that comes from the mouths or pens of the BDSers, claims that Israel and its supporters routinely use accusations of anti-Semitism to stifle debate is really a projection of the boycotters’ own behavior onto others. One need only look through the comment section of pro-Israel websites (including this one) to see […]

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Forgetfulness

When Boaz Modai finished his posting as the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, he published an intriguing article in the Irish Independent that talked about the subject of memory. In that piece, he compared his experience to that of Bill Murray in the film Groundhog Day, finding an equivalent between Murray’s continually waking up on the […]

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Iran and the Principle of Charity

Because this site is trying to draw larger conclusions from a deep look at a narrow subject (BDS), I tend to avoid direct commentary on “Big Issue” political matters related to the Middle East, especially since so many others are writing about these topics based on high levels of expertise.  But there are a few […]

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New Church Resource

Many years ago, the leaders of Boston’s Old South Church decided it would be a wonderful idea to invite Naim Ateek of the Sabeel Liberation Theology Center for a public event where he would be given the opportunity to practice his main “religious” activity: the libeling of Israel and her supporters. Given Ateek’s fondness for […]

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Whataboutism

One of the great frustrations when dealing with BDS propagandists is the difficulty getting them (or anyone else) to acknowledge the yawning chasm between their zeal to fight for “Justice for Palestine” when denizens of that land come under Israeli jurisdiction and their complete indifference to the suffering of those same Palestinians (or anyone else) at […]

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And we’re back!

Sorry about the weekend downtime, but I’ve been wanting to do a site revamp for a while and was finally inspired to do so by a reader/web designer who alerted me to how much I was losing by not having a responsive design (i.e., one optimized for reading on tablets and phones). It’s still a work […]

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BDS @ 10

Quick FYI: this site might go dark for a few days sometime in the next week or so as I attempt to do some updates.  So don’t panic if you see a (temporary) maintenance screen the next time you stop by.  A few people have asked about the whole 10-year-anniversary meme the Boycott, Divestment and […]

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Narratives – Theirs and Ours

A commenter on my last post regarding narratives brought up a point made frequently when discussing why Israel and its supporters seem to never be able to provide a compelling and stable counter-narrative to the “Israel=Apartheid” one proffered by BDS propagandists. His point (that Israel and its friends are too longwinded) is certainly well taken […]

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Narrative – Thinking Fast and Slow

One of my favorite reads of the last five years, Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, documents why our reasoning faculties – which should be protecting us from making bad choices based on emotion or instinct – contain flaws that make them the source of many human errors. The book title refers to a model […]

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Peace and Quiet

With the recent choice by Greenstar Food Coop to reject a boycott of Israeli products, I decided to stop by the organization’s web site to see if there was any fallout from the decision. After all, if BDS was a pressing concern for many members of the organization, protests of the decision would be ringing […]

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A Role for Hysteria in the Fight Against BDS?

The motto “Don’t panic, don’t be complacent” continues to be my mantra when dealing with BDS and other variants of the propaganda war (masquerading as a “peace movement”) targeting the Jewish state. After all, panic can lead to handing the BDSers mountains of free publicity, especially if we get worked into a media-covered frenzy over […]

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Going on the Attack

A couple of items on this year’s “War on BDS” news list overlap with a theme I’ve mentioned previously: the efficacy of the “offense vs. defense” paradigm when talking about what to do about the propaganda assault on Israel. At the fundraising event I mentioned last time, one hint of how donors were hoping to […]

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