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What Would Normal People Do?

A couple of news items and some recent exchanges in the comments section got me thinking again about the vast gulf between BDS and any normal political movement. Starting out with the news of the day (actually, yesterday), an Israeli court finally exonerated the Israeli Defense Forces from charges that they deliberately ran over Rachel Corrie with […]

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Israel Left and Right

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Left vs. Right

There are a number of reasons why I tend to avoid trying to force-fit the whole Arab-Israeli conflict into a Left-Right continuum. First off, the terms “Left” and “Right” have become so all-encompassing, which (if you include all those who insist they represent each end of the political spectrum) means everyone from the Stalin and […]

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Sorry about that… Sacramento

Figures that, just as I chose to get off the grid to commune with nature (and the family) for a few days, some Divest This postings start generating the kind of comments you’d expect from a “real” blog. It looks like most of the exchanges to the last two pieces have to do with the […]

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The Herscovite BDS Moment

Just an FYI that I’ve got a couple of big projects (including an update to this site) cooking over the next several weeks, so postings may be lighter with more “newbrief” type material making an appearance for a while. But before that, I wanted to plug a hole in the narrative about BDS and community […]

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Jay Michaelson’s Journey – Continued

Looking over some responses to my last posting, I realize that I may have been a bit too harsh with regard to Jay Michaelson’s recent article on what he finds wrong with BDS. It’s easy to criticize someone who you think took too long to recognize what the rest of us have known for years, especially with regard […]

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Jay Michaelson’s Journey

I am usually of mixed mind with regard to sympathizing with those who were once part of (or even continue to support) this or that BDS activity who feel they must speak their mind about what they perceive to be the “movement’s” shortcomings. On the one hand, you’ve got kooks like Norman Finkelstein who is too unpredictable […]

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BDS Flops in Sonoma

Well those crazy BDSers failed again, this time in an attempt to drag the government of Sonoma County in California into their propaganda web by trying to make Veolia, the European transportation giant that does business in both the Zionist and West Coast entities, the focal point for one of their “You must do what […]

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Jew vs. Jew II

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Jew vs. Jew

The role played by Jews (and even Israelis) in the defamation of Israel through propaganda programs such as BDS has been in the news lately. Some stories talk about the visible role played by group such as Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) in various church-related divestment votes, although the big story last week featured someone entering the stiff competition […]

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BDSFail at 12 – Continued

It looks like the whole #BDSFail meme is starting to affect the Dear Leaders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions “movement” who just published a piece of extended bombast even more longwinded than my usual postings entitled “BDS at 7 – Celebrating, reflecting and further misleading mainstreaming” (damn keyboard’s sticking). Before subjecting their manifesto of alleged success to some humble critiquing, it’s […]

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BDSFail at 12 – Continued

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series BDSFail

When we left our review of the BDS “movement’s” self-declaration of success, I had just gotten to the subject of ambiguity. Specifically, I was curious why a political project that can list so many large financial and investment firms as firmly in the BDS camp can’t seem to produce statements (at least ones not written in Norwegian) […]

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BDSFail at 12

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series BDSFail

When we left our review of the BDS “movement’s” self-declaration of success, I had just gotten to the subject of ambiguity. Specifically, I was curious why a political project that can list so many large financial and investment firms as firmly in the BDS camp can’t seem to produce statements (at least ones not written in Norwegian) […]

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The BDS Twitocracy

Before giving the Presbyterians a rest for the next couple of years (wouldn’t it be great if the BDSers could ever bring themselves to say/do the same thing?), some momentary reflections on not the content of the decisions made during last week’s General Assembly, but the medium in which those decisions were communicated. As background, […]

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