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One of the pieces that has gotten the most play on this site is this one which debunks BDS boasts of impending triumph with some figures demonstrating how little the “movement” has accomplished since it got off the ground at the now-notorious Durban I conference in 2001 (not 2005, BTW). I suspect it is the […]

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500 and Farewell

Having written close to half a million words on the subject of BDS over the last four years, it was nice to discover a graphic (actually the Google mashup Barbara pointed us towards) that so nicely sums up one of the key messages of Divest This: the utter failure of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Paradoxes

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

The final major lesson I learned from this four-year research and writing exercise related to BDS is easily the most paradoxical one. It starts with an understanding of just how massively the deck has been stacked against the Jewish state in its struggle for survival. As Ruth Wisse has pointed out, the current war against […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Responding to Setbacks

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from covering and writing about the BDS “movement” over the years is how to deal with setbacks.  And, ironically, this is a lesson that’s been taught to me by the BDSers themselves. For example, when students in Oxford overwhelmingly voted down BDS by a margin of 7:1 […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Who are We?

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

Some current goings on in the world of academic divestment (at Oxford University as well as the University of California system) provide insight into the next lesson I learned while studying the BDS “movement,” a lesson regarding the nature of the organizations supporting and opposing BDS propaganda programs. I’ve already talked about the sociopathic and […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Strategy and Tactics

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

The sociopathic nature of the BDS movement, which makes it impossible to work with, and challenging to confront using the normal tools of politics, also explains the nature of the tactics they use in their own political operations. Strategy and tactics have been such an important concern at this site that I made an effort […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Who Are We Dealing With?

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

I apologize if the Lessons Learned articles I’m writing as the run up to the 500th (and final) posting to this blog will sound familiar to long-time readers. But as I noted when this wind-up/wind-down period began, Divest This was created to extract lessons from observing, analyzing and fighting against the BDS “movement.”  And since […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – We are not Alone

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

One of the first lessons I learned when I became involved with fighting against divest-from-Israel campaigns is that, unlike other forms of anti-Israel propaganda, BDS involves more than just Israel, its foes and their mutual supporters.  For a third party is always required for a BDS campaign to have any meaning. Think about it for […]

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Good News/Bad News

I just realized that I’m less than a month away from publishing my 500th piece on Divest This. I know that 500 posts is small beer compared to some blogs that can turn out that many entries on a good day.  But this site has always been more about using the blog format to explore […]

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Max Brenner – Supremely Epic BDS Fail

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series More Silliness

Hey guys.  I’m thinking of auditioning for The Onion.  What do you think? A group from Northeastern University’s Self-Righteous Asshole community made their presence known last night as they marched in front of Max Brenner’s restaurant and chocolate shop in downtown Boston for close to two hours, demanding that people not buy chocolate on Valentine’s […]

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Sweet and Sour: BDS Visits Max Brenner

It’s not often the forces of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) decide to put their sour souls on display on the sweetest day of the year. Apparently, someone got it into their head that it would be a brilliant idea to picket Boston’s Max Brenner restaurant and gourmet chocolate shop on Valentine’s Day (i.e., tomorrow) […]

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BDS Thought Experiment – Fini

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Thought Experiments

While the “turning the tables” strategy I’ve been describing might initially sound like fun (and justified), think for a minute what such a campaign might involve. First, we would have to find some way to get our hostile political message (that Gaza is an Apartheid state or Islam an Apartheid religion, for instance) to come […]

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