Series Archives: Strategy

A series providing in-depth discussion of the strategy needed to fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) “movement.”

Strategy and Tactics: Language

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Strategy

Before the academic year comes to a close, I thought it might be useful to discuss topics regarding strategy and tactics in the fight against BDS. I’m kicking off a week-long series on the subject with some thoughts on language. When talking about a political clash between two opposing sides, it’s inevitable that language gets […]

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Strategy and Tactics: Numbers

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Strategy

When dealing with a “movement” like BDS which thrives on anecdotes, numbers are a great way to pierce the fog and get to the real truth. After all, what tells us more about the success vs. failure of boycott and divestment: the story of a Danish retirement fund selling a few thousand dollars worth of […]

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Strategy and Tactics: Organization

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Strategy

What do the French, Russian and Iranian revolutions have in common? Among other things, they each involved world historical changes that came about due to the activities of small but highly organized, highly disciplined minorities of motivated individuals. One doesn’t need to pick such charged examples to see that strength of organization has much more […]

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Strategy and Tactics: Tactic(s)

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Strategy

With the sides in the BDS conflict outlined in terms of numbers and organization, I’d like to turn the conversation over to the tactics used by those seeking Boycott, Divestment and Sanction against Israel. Even through “tactics” appears in the plural, in fact the entire BDS project seems to be built around a single tactic […]

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Strategy and Tactics: Offense and Defense

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Strategy

Whenever I hang out with fellow activists, either officially or socially, a subject that inevitably comes up is offense and defense. “Why are we always on the defensive?” “We can’t win if we just play defense!” “It’s time to go on the attack!” “Even if we win a particular fight, we can’t win long-term if […]

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Strategy and Tactics: Let’s Talk About Us

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Strategy

Over the last week, I’ve tried to lay out some observations about the size, scope and nature of the two sides of the BDS debate. A previous discussion of tactics focused on the other side’s traditional framework for advancing its cause. In this final installment, I’d like to switch to a discussion of our choices. […]

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