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Have any campus divestment campaigns been successful?

FAQ #5: Have any campus divestment campaigns been successful? To date, no college or university has divested a single share of stock identified by BDS activists as targets for divestment. In addition, at schools where divestment has been driven by online petitions (such as Harvard and MIT), counter-petitions denouncing divestment have received more than ten […]

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What are the goals of divest-from-Israel campaigns?

FAQ #3: What are the goals of divest-from-Israel campaigns?Because divestment activists represent such a small minority of student opinion (and an even tinier minority of US public opinion overall), their goal is to attach their message (that Israel is an “Apartheid state” worth of economic punishment) to a well known institutions such as a university, […]

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What is the origin of divest-from-Israel campaigns?

I forgot to mention that this information is focused on campus divestment, although other divestment activities (like church divestment) is mentioned. FAQ #2: What is the origina of divest-from-Israel campaigns? Calls to divest from Israel are part of a broader program of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (or BDS) pushed by anti-Israel groups to try to […]

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Campus Divestment FAQ

I’ve been putting some time over the last week into putting together a list of frequently asked questions regarding divestment that I thought could be of interest to readers. I’ll post them one at a time over the next week or so. Starting out with FAQ #1: What is Divestment? Divestment is simply the selling […]

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Enjoying ourselves

While the couscous-vandal-wannabees are howling “you’ve not seen the last of us!,” it turns out that Trader Joe’s has not seen the last of Israeli supporters either. Apparently Hillel’s Angels, a group of Jewish Harley riders are planning to take a motorcycle caravan through New Jersey this weekend to continue our support for Trader Joe’s […]

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Trader Joe’s Value

An interesting piece by Leslie Unger at Electronic Impulse Communications about Trader Joe’s decisions last week (from a business perspective) appears here. Let’s hope the example the company set by not being hoodwinked or bullied (and thus living up to its core values) create lessons that will be spread throughout the business community and beyond.

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Cooking the Boycott Goose

Well, not as many recipe suggestions were posted as I’d hoped, but given the amount of Israeli couscous that’s entered the economy over the weekend, every little bit helps. So for all you fellow Trader Joes fans: I Buy Lots of Israeli Products offers this simple recipe: slice an onion & brown in some olive […]

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The Battle of Couscous

Well results are still coming in, but as far as I can tell the 600 protestors and 30+ anti-Israel organizations who signed up for the “Battle of Couscous” this weekend managed to hold one minor protest OUTSIDE a Trader Joes in Northern California.  No in-store vandalism has been reported, but even if it had been […]

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Jilted Lovers…

The most hilarious divestment story yet just came across my desk yesterday. Apparently, the BDS crew is bragging about their latest fantastic, unbelievably, way-cool “victory” during Caterpillar Tractor’s most recent shareholder meeting. Just as an FYI, before the divest-niks decided, rooster-like, to take credit for the sunrise with Motorola, their primary corporate target was Caterpillar […]

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When all else fails, trash a supermarket

I’ve reported in the past how divest-from-Israel advocates have been attempting to import some of the excesses of their European equivalents into the US, including both an academic boycott movement and campus building takeovers started in the UK. The fact that both imports have flopped has not seemed to discourage boycotters from bringing to our […]

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