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Declaring Victory – Anti-BDS Legislation

In 2004, the forces of BDS (which just traveled under the name of “Divestment” at the time) scored their first municipal divestment victory when the Aldermen in Somerville, a city next to Cambridge and Boston, passed a resolution calling on the city’s retirement funds to rid themselves of assets (including stocks and Israeli bonds) with […]

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Betrayal – Bassem Tamimi in Ithaca

Just when you think Team BDS can’t behave more appallingly, they somehow manage to find a way to scrape beneath the barrel. Years ago, the fellow named Ron Francis – the guy behind three years of divestment campaigning in Somerville, MA – decided to make up for his failure to drag the Arab-Israeli conflict into […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Strategy

This longish piece ends (or really capstones) this month-long summer series on Somerville with a set of strategic and tactical lessons that I’ve tried to implement when possible over the last ten years of fighting against BDS.  As Israel’s supports face one of our most challenging years yet, I hope it provides some useful thoughts for […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Jackhammer

A previous essay discussed the closing moves of my favorite professional wrestler, Bill Goldberg.  These included the Spear (a high-velocity head butt) followed by the Jackhammer (dropping an inverted foe head-first to the ring mat).  This Monday, Somerville was treated to something unique in wrestling: the first self-inflicted Jackhammer delivered by the So-Called Somerville Divestment […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Judgement

This longish piece covers the first courtroom battle I know of regarding BDS.  In addition to documenting how the particular 2005 divestment battle in Somerville ended, it also demonstrates why I’m not a big fan of legal remedies to political disputes since – as far as I know – everyone who has brought a suit regarding […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – 4400

This piece was written after the Somerville Divestment Project (precursors to the part of today’s BDS “movement” dedicated to municipal divestment) lost their attempt to sue an anti-Israel tirade onto the official ballot in Somerville, MA.  A blow-by-blow of that court decision will appear tomorrow. With divestment on November’s ballot looking less and less likely, the So-Called […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Mission Creep

As the second chapter of the Somerville divestment story inches to a close, you can see what happened by reading this spoiler that chronicled the first two years of the Somerville BDS story. Not to keep dwelling on the So-Called Somerville Divestment Project (SC-SDP) Web site, but from experience with my own writing on the […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Ruthlessness

Closing in on the finish to a series of postings from many years ago regarding my first encounter with the BDS “Movement” in Somerville, MA, here was my first invocation of Lee Harris and his theories regarding ruthlessness (with a nod towards the kind of fantasy politics that defined the BDS movement that was resurrected in 2009). […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Pantograph

Closing in on the finish to a series of postings from many years ago regarding my first encounter with the BDS “Movement” in Somerville, MA, here was an attempt to draw broader conclusions of what the fight for Israel means to the rest of the world. The pantograph is a centuries old mechanical device used to create […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Links

Note: This is the last week where I’ll be republishing pieces written in the 2000s regarding my first encounter with the BDS “Movement” in Somerville, MA.  The web site for the Somerville Divestment Project mentioned below still exists as a cobweb, with many of the items referenced in this piece departed, but not forgotten. Well […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Reputation

This next set of essays were written during the second year of campaigning against BDS in Somerville, MA (2005) when divestment proponents tried to get a divestment measure they failed to get past the legislature onto the city-wide ballot. A description of how that issue played out can be found here. Few outside of British academic […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Rachels

This next set of essays were written during the second year of campaigning against BDS in Somerville, MA (2005) when divestment proponents tried to get a divestment measure they failed to get past the legislature onto the city-wide ballot. A description of how that issue played out can be found here. “A combined fundrasing event for […]

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