Series Archives: BDS and South Africa

BDS and South Africa – 1

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series BDS and South Africa

In a way, yesterday’s vote by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to reject a boycott of their Israeli counterparts at Ben –Gurion University is pure BDS: a high-profile boycott call at a prominent institution followed by rancorous debate followed by a “No” vote with enough posing built around the final decision to allow BDS advocates […]

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BDS and South Africa – 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series BDS and South Africa

I’ve always been curious whether certain words create their own power or simply draw upon the power of that which they describe. The term “Holocaust,” which starts with soft vowels implying vastness and ends with knife-sharp consonants, seems like it would be evocative regardless of what it describes. Yet once this term came into general […]

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BDS and South Africa – 3

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series BDS and South Africa

A BDS debate involving South Africa usually follows certain predictable patterns. BDS advocates claim that those involved in the struggle to topple Apartheid in SA see the Arab-Israeli conflict in the same terms with Israelis serving as stand-ins for the Boers. Various names are dropped, but since most Americans are unfamiliar with the cast of […]

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PennBDS – Lessons from South Africa

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series BDS and South Africa

This is part of a series of articles based on the program of the upcoming PennBDS conference.  Check out this landing page to find out more. South Africa is so central to the BDS narrative that it’s warranted considerable coverage on this blog.  While I’ll be consolidating themes written about elsewhere in this PennBDS-related entry, anyone interested in […]

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