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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Apartheid

Over the course of August, I’m republishing a series of posts from a now-defunct site that covered the first major municipal divestment fight that took place in Somerville MA between 2004-2006.  A description of how that issue played out can be found here and I hope these essays will continue to be useful for those battling against the BDS propaganda arm […]

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Jay Michaelson’s Journey

I am usually of mixed mind with regard to sympathizing with those who were once part of (or even continue to support) this or that BDS activity who feel they must speak their mind about what they perceive to be the “movement’s” shortcomings. On the one hand, you’ve got kooks like Norman Finkelstein who is too unpredictable […]

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PennBDS – Lessons from South Africa

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series BDS and South Africa

This is part of a series of articles based on the program of the upcoming PennBDS conference.  Check out this landing page to find out more. South Africa is so central to the BDS narrative that it’s warranted considerable coverage on this blog.  While I’ll be consolidating themes written about elsewhere in this PennBDS-related entry, anyone interested in […]

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PennBDS: Delegitimization

This is part of a series of articles based on the program of the upcoming PennBDS conference.  Check out this landing page to find out more. “Deligitimization” is an ungainly word, one which even Israel’s defenders don’t much enjoy using. Descriptively, the term does the job in summing up a set of activities designed to deny to the […]

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Apartheid Oil

There comes a time when the hypocrisy of the BDS “movement” reaches such a level that one must simply stand back and marvel at their sheer chutzpah in stupefied awe. And we recently reached such a crescendo with the advent of the latest pithy phrase in the boycotter’s vocabulary: “Apartheid Oil.” Might this refer to […]

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All BDS Was Not Created Equal

An Internet ally sent some interesting thoughts pointing out that during the decade when the BDS “movement” has been spending morning, noon and night trying to get boycott, divestment and sanctions targeting Israel to stick (to little effect, outside of the occasional naïve rock star or easily-manipulated food co-op), similar efforts targeting Iran have been […]

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BDS and South Africa – 3

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series BDS and South Africa

A BDS debate involving South Africa usually follows certain predictable patterns. BDS advocates claim that those involved in the struggle to topple Apartheid in SA see the Arab-Israeli conflict in the same terms with Israelis serving as stand-ins for the Boers. Various names are dropped, but since most Americans are unfamiliar with the cast of […]

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BDS and South Africa – 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series BDS and South Africa

I’ve always been curious whether certain words create their own power or simply draw upon the power of that which they describe. The term “Holocaust,” which starts with soft vowels implying vastness and ends with knife-sharp consonants, seems like it would be evocative regardless of what it describes. Yet once this term came into general […]

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BDS and South Africa – 1

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series BDS and South Africa

In a way, yesterday’s vote by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to reject a boycott of their Israeli counterparts at Ben –Gurion University is pure BDS: a high-profile boycott call at a prominent institution followed by rancorous debate followed by a “No” vote with enough posing built around the final decision to allow BDS advocates […]

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Speaking of Apartheid

Given that the organizers of this week’s so-called “Israel Apartheid Week” (actually two weeks – they can’t even tell the truth when saying the word “week”) has dedicated itself to my obsession, BDS, I thought I’d cross-post something from my pal Sol’s site here. So, without further ado… Speaking of Apartheid Students who will be […]

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