SPME BDS Monitor

American anthropologists vote to recommend Israel boycott as campus BDS becomes more confrontational and overtly antisemitic. European Union announces labeling for Israel ‘settlement’ products, generating backlash.

The academic BDS scene deteriorated further in November as American anthropologists voted to recommend an Israel boycott to the full membership. At the same time campus tactics are becoming more openly antisemitic and confrontational. European boycott efforts moved forward with…

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BDS supporters back violent attacks against Israelis, as ties with ‘Black Lives Matters’ and the far left increase. British cultural figures make public statement against Israel boycotts while British academics come out in favor.

Escalating violence against Israelis in September was cheering by BDS supporters, especially on campuses and social media. The disappearing pretense of the BDS movement’s support for non-violence demonstrates that, in the manner of Palestinian politics generally, radical voices pull the…

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BDS at universities off to slow start but questions emerge about informal boycotts. European labeling of “settlement” products closer but Iceland boycott partially withdrawn

In September there were a number of international BDS incidents. The Reykjavik city council’s decision to boycott all Israeli products was quickly ridiculed; now only “settlement” products will be boycotted. But European Union labeling of Israeli products from “settlements” now…

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Clinton statement brings BDS into presidential campaign while Kerry threatens Israel with isolation for opposing Iran agreement. European Union BDS threats are balanced by non-binding statements from national leaders. BDS in US churches shows mixed results.

July saw the conclusion of an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program, and focus is being shifted back to the Arab-Israeli conflict. With it are explicit threats that Israel will be blamed and isolated if the US Congress blocks the…

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Campus BDS suffers setbacks; US state legislatures move to prohibit Israel boycotts but Palestinian threats to have Israel expelled from international soccer appear ready to materialize.

Introduction BDS on campuses ended the year with limited gains and important setbacks. The fight has also moved decisively into state legislatures, which are voting in favor of bills prohibiting agencies from doing business with firms boycotting Israel. But internationally…

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Campus BDS intensifies but successes are uneven. European pressure on Israel increases before Israeli elections but proposed American legislation may undercut political use of BDS.

Introduction With the spring semester in full swing BDS activities intensified greatly, with the focus split between student governments and academic associations. And with the Israeli elections quickly approaching, European boycott threats have also increased. But legislation in the US…

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