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News from the Campus BDS Front

Several striking bits of good news on the campus-wars front from both the Right and Left Coasts. Here in New England, it looks like the student body of Bowdoin College shot down an academic boycott measure by a massive margin of nearly 5:1. In this case, the BDS measure was particularly sweeping, consisting as it […]

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Northeastern Beats Back BDS

Given that the topic I and two top-notch StandWithUs activists will be covering at next week’s anti-BDS conference in LA is called “Organizing the Community to Fight BDS” (or something along those lines); I wanted to highlight an example from my neighborhood that shows just what an effective ground game looks like. Last night, the […]

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Ground Game

Years ago, I remember hearing a radio talk-show host chastise someone who had called to complain about a local political issue. The advice the host gave him was that if the caller wanted to see things go his way, all he had to do was run for office and dedicate the time and patience needed […]

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BDS and Student Government – What Next?

As I mentioned a couple of weeks back, one BDS “win” that was a bit of a disappointment this academic year was the string of pro-divestment votes that successfully passed in student governments at various schools (notably some of the University of California campuses where divestment had been voted down previously). One reason it’s been […]

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UC BDS Mayhem

Back in high school, I recall a Model United Nations in which the only committee whose members weren’t stoned for the entire week roused up enough energy and creativity to cast a unanimous vote in favor of the UN starting its own Space Fleet. That memory (which I may have tossed into a previous piece […]

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Comings and Snowings

Well a pair of Snowmageddons (which kept the kids home for four school days out of the last seven) has left little time for blogging.  More annoyingly, it also prevented me from making it to a talk by Matti Friedman that was moved from a snowy Monday to a conflict-ridden Tuesday. For those in the […]

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Campus On Fire 2 – What to Do?

The two pieces of advice that I use as a mantra in the fight against BDS (don’t panic/don’t be complacent) are inexorably linked. Last time (and over the years), I’ve pointed out things that should calm us when we hear stories of BDS and other anti-Israel activity “on the march,” such as the non-existent economic […]

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SJP Thuggery – Are the Campuses Burning?

If any DT readers are in the Boston area, I’ll be part of a panel discussion next week on the subject of Defamation of Israel on College Campuses sponsored by CAMERA.  Other speakers include Richard Cravatts, President of Scholars for Middle East Peace and Gilad Skolnick, CAMERA’s Director of Campus Programming. Unsurprisingly, I’ll be taking […]

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Denormalizing Denormalization

With the Gaza war behind us (for now), things seem to be unfurling on campuses about as expected. While anti-Israel activity is usually more of a second-semester phenomenon, the BDSers have been trying to leverage momentum from last summer’s war (and associated anti-Israel hysteria) to get their propaganda program rolling early at colleges and universities, […]

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Battle Stations!

While life required taking a break from new writing in August, it’s time now to get ready for what is likely to be an ugly year with regard to BDS battles brewing on campuses and elsewhere. One of the reasons BDS hasn’t gone into remission (as it did between 2006 and 2009) is that it […]

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DePaul BDS et al

It’s temping at the end of a school year to play the numbers game: toting up wins and losses on each side to see who’s on top and who’s gaining momentum.  And in a year where student votes have gone against the BDSers 15:3 – or maybe 16:4 after Davis rejected divestment (again) but SJP […]

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University of Washington BDS Fiasco

As most of us in the BDS/anti-BDS subculture (and almost no one else) knows, the you-know-who haters suffered one of the biggest of the umpteen defeats they received this year when the University of Washington BDS vote went against divestment 59-8. The only two newsworthy things about this most recent BDS setback are (1) the ballot […]

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