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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Jackhammer

A previous essay discussed the closing moves of my favorite professional wrestler, Bill Goldberg.  These included the Spear (a high-velocity head butt) followed by the Jackhammer (dropping an inverted foe head-first to the ring mat).  This Monday, Somerville was treated to something unique in wrestling: the first self-inflicted Jackhammer delivered by the So-Called Somerville Divestment […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Judgement

This longish piece covers the first courtroom battle I know of regarding BDS.  In addition to documenting how the particular 2005 divestment battle in Somerville ended, it also demonstrates why I’m not a big fan of legal remedies to political disputes since – as far as I know – everyone who has brought a suit regarding […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – 4400

This piece was written after the Somerville Divestment Project (precursors to the part of today’s BDS “movement” dedicated to municipal divestment) lost their attempt to sue an anti-Israel tirade onto the official ballot in Somerville, MA.  A blow-by-blow of that court decision will appear tomorrow. With divestment on November’s ballot looking less and less likely, the So-Called […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Mission Creep

As the second chapter of the Somerville divestment story inches to a close, you can see what happened by reading this spoiler that chronicled the first two years of the Somerville BDS story. Not to keep dwelling on the So-Called Somerville Divestment Project (SC-SDP) Web site, but from experience with my own writing on the […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Links

Note: This is the last week where I’ll be republishing pieces written in the 2000s regarding my first encounter with the BDS “Movement” in Somerville, MA.  The web site for the Somerville Divestment Project mentioned below still exists as a cobweb, with many of the items referenced in this piece departed, but not forgotten. Well […]

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Somerville Divestment Revisited – Power

Over the course of August, I’m republishing a series of posts from a now-defunct site that covered the first major municipal divestment fight that took place in Somerville MA between 2004-2006.  A description of how that issue played out can be found here and I hope these essays will continue to be useful for those battling against the BDS propaganda arm […]

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BDS Undone Down Under

Back in April, the big international BDS news story was the reversal of an anti-Israel boycott (voted in by the city government months earlier) in Marrickville, Australia. This was the first major municipal BDS fight since Somerville, MA in 2004 and since the BDSers seem to be showing some interest in focusing on more cities […]

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Mass Update

Catching up to BDS-related stories closer to home, here’s another bit of information that can help put the whole divestment phenom into perspective. According to a new study released recently, relations between Massachusetts and Israeli companies generates $2.4 billion in direct revenue and a total of $7.8 direct and indirect revenue for the Commonwealth, making […]

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I Owe it all to Ron – 3

“Who is Ron?” at least one reader asked, regarding the title of this series on the rise, fall and ongoing self-indulgence of the Once-Called (but now named something else) Somerville Divestment Project (SDP). Actually, Ron Francis was the name of the guy who headed the Somerville BDS group during their oh-for-three season between 2004-2006. Interestingly, […]

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I Owe It All to Ron – Part 2

In the last episode, I talked about the de-evolution of the Somerville Divestment Project (SDP) from an organization that in 2004 came “this-close” to tricking a city government into passing their divestment resolution, only to end up in 2008 flogging an incomprehensible bait-and-switch pseudo-human-rights ballot initiative as some kind of booby prize to their own […]

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I Owe It All to Ron – Part 1

Well this week is flying by. Sorry for the infrequent updates, but that project I’ve been hinting at over the summer is getting close to completion so stay tune for some exciting Divest This news which should be ready to announce next week. In the meantime, I guess I should mention something about the remnants […]

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