Justice Prevails in Olympia

The most welcome bit of good news all year comes from Olympia Washington where the Washington Supreme Court not only threw out a punitive (and absurd) six-figure fine imposed on Olympia Food Coop members who brought suit against the Coop, but chucked out the state statute that allowed such a travesty of justice to be […]

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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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RIP Robert Wistrich

It is with unmitigated sadness that I must join the chorus of the tearful mourning the passage of Robert Wistrich who died last night in Rome at the age of 70. Like Barry Rubin, another lion who passed away recently (and far too young), Wistrich was a shocking powerhouse of productivity. But while Rubin’s staggering […]

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BDS Fail at Greenstar Food Coop

In retrospect, many a BDS failure seems inevitable.  For instance, last night’s decision by the leaders of the Greenstar Food Coop in Ithaca, New York simply continues the 100% failure rate of BDS among food cooperatives (or at least those cooperatives where all members are aware of and allowed to participate in debate on the […]

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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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Rules of the Rude

Several years ago, a friend introduced me to the wonderful term “Workocracy” which described a situation in which leadership was established not by rank or popularity, but by the level of effort contributed by people working together on a project. As with everything else they touch, those involved with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions “movement” […]

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BDS Scorecard

I recently read some back-of-envelope calculations that said 20 student government divestment resolutions have been have been presented at 16 campuses this year (I’m presuming the four repeats are at places where the boycotters decided to not take “No” for an answer) out of which 6 student bills have passed.  (Whoops!  Make that 21 campuses […]

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Reconsideration II – See You in Court?

As my regular reader knows, I’ve always been skeptical about turning to the law (either in the form of the courts or legislatures) in order to solve BDS-related problems. Part of this skepticism is purely pragmatic.  After all, in the few cases where organizations were dragged into court for either implementing or not implementing a […]

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Reconsiderations I – Is BDS Still a Loser?

While Israel, it’s friends and allies can be stubborn – even bullheaded – about issues (even when we’re wrong), I still give us the edge over our fantasy-laden opponents who don’t just ignore things they don’t want to hear but have constructed their own version of reality in which to dwell. This is not to […]

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The StandWithUs BDS Conference

So a bear walks into a Dunkin Donuts and says: “I’d like a cup of coffee…” and 45 seconds later… “and a chocolate cruller.” The guy behind the register looks at him for a moment and then asks: “Why the long paws?” That opener (which, like most gags is better spoken than written) is meant […]

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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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