Series Archives: Lessons Learned

BDS Lessons Learned – We are not Alone

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

One of the first lessons I learned when I became involved with fighting against divest-from-Israel campaigns is that, unlike other forms of anti-Israel propaganda, BDS involves more than just Israel, its foes and their mutual supporters.  For a third party is always required for a BDS campaign to have any meaning. Think about it for […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Who Are We Dealing With?

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

I apologize if the Lessons Learned articles I’m writing as the run up to the 500th (and final) posting to this blog will sound familiar to long-time readers. But as I noted when this wind-up/wind-down period began, Divest This was created to extract lessons from observing, analyzing and fighting against the BDS “movement.”  And since […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Strategy and Tactics

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

The sociopathic nature of the BDS movement, which makes it impossible to work with, and challenging to confront using the normal tools of politics, also explains the nature of the tactics they use in their own political operations. Strategy and tactics have been such an important concern at this site that I made an effort […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Who are We?

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

Some current goings on in the world of academic divestment (at Oxford University as well as the University of California system) provide insight into the next lesson I learned while studying the BDS “movement,” a lesson regarding the nature of the organizations supporting and opposing BDS propaganda programs. I’ve already talked about the sociopathic and […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Responding to Setbacks

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from covering and writing about the BDS “movement” over the years is how to deal with setbacks.  And, ironically, this is a lesson that’s been taught to me by the BDSers themselves. For example, when students in Oxford overwhelmingly voted down BDS by a margin of 7:1 […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Paradoxes

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

The final major lesson I learned from this four-year research and writing exercise related to BDS is easily the most paradoxical one. It starts with an understanding of just how massively the deck has been stacked against the Jewish state in its struggle for survival. As Ruth Wisse has pointed out, the current war against […]

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