Series Archives: Thought Experiments

BDS Thought Experiment – 1

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Thought Experiments

For Immediate Release The worldwide movement to isolate the Apartheid Palestinian Authority and Hamas regimes gained significant momentum over the last year, as hundreds of artists and performers visiting Israel continued to avoid performing in territories ruled by human-rights abusing Palestinian governments whose very existence violates international law. Meanwhile, a year after the murder of […]

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BDS Thought Experiment – 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Thought Experiments

As the previous piece demonstrated, there is really not much skill needed to play the kind of propaganda games we’ve grown accustomed to from those that advocate for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.  Mix one part loaded language with two parts projection of motivation onto others, string a few unrelated events and decisions together […]

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BDS Thought Experiment – Fini

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Thought Experiments

While the “turning the tables” strategy I’ve been describing might initially sound like fun (and justified), think for a minute what such a campaign might involve. First, we would have to find some way to get our hostile political message (that Gaza is an Apartheid state or Islam an Apartheid religion, for instance) to come […]

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ASA and Oxfam – Another Thought Experiment

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Thought Experiments

Time for yet another thought experiment, this one designed to answer the question I ended my last piece with, namely, what makes the nature of BDS so unfathomable to those who (like ASA and Oxfam) become its willing victims? To kick things off, think about a political issue you care passionately about.  Maybe it’s pollution […]

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