The truth about Hampshire

FAQ #6: I heard that Hampshire College was the first school to divest from Israel. Is that true? Hampshire demonstrates the lengths anti-Israel activists will go to obtain a “victory” in their perpetually losing divestment struggle. In the case of Hampshire, student petitions calling for divestment continued for several years after they had ended on […]

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Have any campus divestment campaigns been successful?

FAQ #5: Have any campus divestment campaigns been successful? To date, no college or university has divested a single share of stock identified by BDS activists as targets for divestment. In addition, at schools where divestment has been driven by online petitions (such as Harvard and MIT), counter-petitions denouncing divestment have received more than ten […]

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What are the goals of divest-from-Israel campaigns?

FAQ #3: What are the goals of divest-from-Israel campaigns?Because divestment activists represent such a small minority of student opinion (and an even tinier minority of US public opinion overall), their goal is to attach their message (that Israel is an “Apartheid state” worth of economic punishment) to a well known institutions such as a university, […]

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What is the origin of divest-from-Israel campaigns?

I forgot to mention that this information is focused on campus divestment, although other divestment activities (like church divestment) is mentioned. FAQ #2: What is the origina of divest-from-Israel campaigns? Calls to divest from Israel are part of a broader program of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (or BDS) pushed by anti-Israel groups to try to […]

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Campus Divestment FAQ

I’ve been putting some time over the last week into putting together a list of frequently asked questions regarding divestment that I thought could be of interest to readers. I’ll post them one at a time over the next week or so. Starting out with FAQ #1: What is Divestment? Divestment is simply the selling […]

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Where to put your finger?

Sorry for the hiatus (I’m still coming down from a couscous high, with my last box being eaten tonight, accompanying a veal and spinach dish I’ve yet to figure out, but I digress…). Way back when, I promised to respond to questions left on the comments section of the site, and during the whole Trader […]

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Enjoying ourselves

While the couscous-vandal-wannabees are howling “you’ve not seen the last of us!,” it turns out that Trader Joe’s has not seen the last of Israeli supporters either. Apparently Hillel’s Angels, a group of Jewish Harley riders are planning to take a motorcycle caravan through New Jersey this weekend to continue our support for Trader Joe’s […]

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Wrestling with Cows

My ten-year-old decided he wanted to raise chickens. (Hang in there for a paragraph or two when relevance to the subject of BDS will start to increase.) With my wife and I in firm agreement that said chickens should not live in our backyard, we found a local 4H for our boy to join and […]

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Trader Joe’s Value

An interesting piece by Leslie Unger at Electronic Impulse Communications about Trader Joe’s decisions last week (from a business perspective) appears here. Let’s hope the example the company set by not being hoodwinked or bullied (and thus living up to its core values) create lessons that will be spread throughout the business community and beyond.

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