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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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Rolling Stones BDS Bust

The other big BDS news story that broke while I was riffing on Rules for Radicals was the Rolling Stones flipping Roger Waters the bird (figuratively, anyway) as they played to a packed 50,000 person stadium in the Zionist Entity, providing one of the best examples yet of the kind of fun (enjoyed by Jews […]

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A Look Back at 2013: Stephen Hawking

Of the three major BDS stories that broke last year, the only one I didn’t take time out of my hiatus year to write about was Stephen Hawking’s decision to turn down an invitation to Simon Peres’ President’s Conference in Israel. At first, the story piqued my curiosity when there was a possibility that it […]

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BDS-holes

I had neglected one possible mutation of the BDS virus in the wake of dawning realization that the original goals of the “movement” (to get major civic organizations like universities and churches to embrace their “Israel = Apartheid” propaganda message) are growing ever beyond reach. There have always been elements of threats, intimidation, and even […]

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When is a Boycott Not a Boycott?

Apologies to my reader for the uncontextualized reference to a BDS press release in my last posting, one which gave the impression that the boycotters had racked up a win with regard to International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organization (a mouthful that fortunately acronyms to the simpler IGLYO) cancelling an […]

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Give Peace No Chance

A couple of weeks back, the New York Times ran a piece on YaLa, a loose-knit virtual organization of young Israelis and Palestinians trying to bridge the ever-widening gap between their societies using social media like Facebook. I’ll admit to looking at the story a bit skeptically at first, especially given the media’s ability to […]

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Radio Daze

I’m frequently asked what will be the next “target of opportunity” for the BDS “movement.” After years of alienating decision-makers and members of colleges and universities, Mainline Protestant churches, municipalities and unions, they have been left, after all, with only “soft targets” to pursue -such as aging rock stars and food co-ops. Regarding the former, […]

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Wasn’t That a Time

With this week’s tempest in a thimble over whether or not Pete Seeger has joined the BDS “movement,” I think we can safely say that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions has jumped the shark. Just to sum up, on Monday press releases went out on the “Israel-Sucks” portion of the Internet announcing that Pete Seeger, the […]

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Autumn Updates

Time to catch up on a couple of stories from earlier this year. Starting with the forever-coming, but never-arriving “cultural boycott,” I’ve already pointed out that the spillover effect of Elvis Costello’s decision to ditch his Israeli fans didn’t seem to extend to his own bedroom (Costello’s wife Diana Krall played Israel over the summer). […]

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