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A Role for Hysteria in the Fight Against BDS?

The motto “Don’t panic, don’t be complacent” continues to be my mantra when dealing with BDS and other variants of the propaganda war (masquerading as a “peace movement”) targeting the Jewish state. After all, panic can lead to handing the BDSers mountains of free publicity, especially if we get worked into a media-covered frenzy over […]

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BDS Breakthrough!

Having spent a decade and a half getting one food coop to stop selling Israeli ice cream cones (leading to every other coop in the land saying “No” to similar boycotts), getting a handful of student governments to vote for divestment that will never happen, and getting little known academic organizations to pass boycotts they’re […]

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BDS, the Trade Protection Act, and Israel

Given the amount of ink that’s been spilled over toothless student council votes taken place in less than 1% of US college campuses, it’s surprising that the biggest BDS story of the year (if not the last several years) has gotten virtually no coverage. I’m talking about the Trade Protection Act, a bi-partisan piece of […]

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The Peoples Poet

They can try to hoodwink the public with press releases declaring their latest fake victory. They can interrupt ballet performances by shouting and blowing bullhorns (and turn the entire audience into Zionists in the process). They can even show up in the comments section of this blog demanding answers to irrelevant questions and never respond when we […]

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Sorry about that… Sacramento

Figures that, just as I chose to get off the grid to commune with nature (and the family) for a few days, some Divest This postings start generating the kind of comments you’d expect from a “real” blog. It looks like most of the exchanges to the last two pieces have to do with the […]

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The Silent S

Two recent BDS stories, which have gotten categorized in the Twitosphere around the ever-popular hashtag #BDSFail, highlight a theme discussed a while back on the challenges facing those advocating for the “S” of BDS: Sanctions. Boycotts can be done by individuals, although in the case of BDS the goal is to get sellers to boycott […]

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News, News, News

Boy, it’s been a busy news week in BDS-land (which must explain why Captain Israel has decided to become involved right now). First off, the latest attempt to sacrifice academic freedom for political posing has come a-cropper in Germany. About a week or so back, the organizers of an academic event in Deutschland decided they […]

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Be With Us

A large part of the BDS project is built around ensuring that wherever you go in life, and whatever you do, the Arab-Israeli conflict is in your face. If you walk through a busy square in Cambridge or Boston or San Francisco at rush hour, at some point you’re sure to see a group of […]

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Sanction What?

While this site has been pretty busy tracking the failures of Divestment and the success of counter-Boycott, the S of BDS (“sanctions”) seems to have gotten short shrift. Partly, this is because no institution that could apply sanctions (economic or otherwise) against Israel is even remotely considering doing so. But it’s also because an analysis […]

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