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Boycott Blues

I just had a visit with folks from Sacramento, the location of the food co-op I mentioned earlierthat has decided to severely limit the practice of boycotting products, rather than have to deal with endless calls to boycott Israel disrupting the organization (regardless of the number of times the boycotters are told no). Needless to […]

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No news.. Good news?

I told a person in another forum that I’d post something on the Rachel Corrie affair, about which they were interested in continuing a debate. But truth be told, most everything I’ve wanted to say on the subject I said many years ago in a piece that can be found here. So I’m going to […]

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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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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 – 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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Olympia Co-op Boycott Update

Just two days to go before people gather at Olympia Center in Washington to debate the Olympia Co-op’s boycott of Israeli products, the first forum open to the community since the boycott decision was made several weeks ago. Since I can’t fly out to the other side of the country for the event (and would […]

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Rotten Luck

I’m still trying to find some time to do a little historical unreality fiction at the expense of my old friends at JVP, but in the meantime here’s one missed news story and one observation on the Olympia boycott (something I threw out on the Co-op’s message board that I thought my reader might enjoy). […]

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BDS’s Latest Victim

OK – Another institution has decided to take the plunge into the BDS waters. So let’s all set our watches for what is going to happen next. The Olympia Co-op story is similar to Somerville and Berkeley in that the decision to join the world-wide boycott movement against Israel was made by a group of […]

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BDS Flames Out in Davis

On Monday evening, the forces of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) were handed a major defeat when the Davis Food Co-op, located in Davis California, turned down demands by BDS activists to put a boycott of Israeli goods to a Co-op wide vote. While this story may not be big enough to hit the national […]

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BDS Party Crashers

As with previous pieces I’ve written on what BDS does to civil society, it’ll take a couple of paragraphs to get to a recognizable point. So bear with me if you can stand it… For the fourth year in a row, I attended the variety show at my kid’s elementary school. Neither boy performed (although […]

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