Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS)

Political Supersessionism

Last spring I attended a conference at the newly established St. Olaf Institute for Freedom and Community, which is dedicated to “free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues.” The institute invited four professors to talk about…

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Israel is fighting BDS the wrong way

Israel’s government has greatly ramped up efforts recently to combat international efforts to impose boycotts and sanctions on Israel and delegitimize its very right to exist. To this end, it recently budgeted approximately a quarter of a billion shekels ($72 million), a…

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The Role of Entertainers in BDS: Engine or Caboose?

What role do entertainers play in the cultural boycott campaign against Israel? Is this an artist movement or a grassroots political campaign? And what part does the nationality of the artist play? Are artists the engine of the boycott, divestment,…

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The Unexpected Response to BDS

In recent years, the government’s investment into efforts to minimize delegitimization campaigns against Israel has been on the rise. Thus, the BDS movement and similar organizations exercise a minor effect on the Israeli economy, which is in very good shape…

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BDS: It’s Not Economics, Stupid!

Recently, the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS)’s editor-in-chief, Jonathan S. Tobin, wrote that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is simply an “annoyance to Israel.” Tobin claimed that BDS has done little damage to Israel’s prosperous economy,” and other articles at JNS — and in…

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BDS Monitor Live – Feb 14, 2018

With the spring semester underway BDS tactics on campus have become more deceptive and its hijackings of other movements and causes continue. And as the second year of the Trump Administration begins, the larger political context for BDS has also…

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