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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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The Role of Money in the Fight Against BDS

The second anti-BDS story I mentioned last time involves a major fundraising effort designed to battle BDS efforts domestically. Despite breathless reports describing a recent meeting in Las Vegas between Jewish organizations and high-level funders as “secret” (vs. merely private or unpublicized), it’s been known for a while that some major philanthropists were interested in […]

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Gilad Erdan and the Fight Against BDS   

As mentioned previously, there have been a couple of high-profile steps taken recently regarding the fight against BDS which have generated news and a fair amount of editorial: Israel’s appointment of a minister to focus on de-legitimization issues and a new effort to fund anti-BDS efforts domestically. The boycotters are predictably claiming that any move […]

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Is Orange Really the New Blackshirt?

Wow!  A lot going on in both the BDS and anti-BDS universes this last week. I’m going to focus on the BDS-related story that’s created the most news and havoc all year, statements (albeit conflicting ones) regarding the European telecom provider Orange and their Israeli customers/partners.  And, in a subsequent piece, I’ll take a look […]

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Justice Prevails in Olympia

The most welcome bit of good news all year comes from Olympia Washington where the Washington Supreme Court not only threw out a punitive (and absurd) six-figure fine imposed on Olympia Food Coop members who brought suit against the Coop, but chucked out the state statute that allowed such a travesty of justice to be […]

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