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A personal problem with boycotts

A problem with this boycott is that it gets played out personally; the abstract political relations are made concrete and distort the way we relate to people who otherwise might be friends. They erase all the empathy and nuance with … Continue reading

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A call from within

The Quakers in the UK are boycotting settlement goods. Norman Finkelstein has suggested that it’s best to focus on the boycott of settlements at present, as the campaign against the Occupation has to concentrate on getting people to take action … Continue reading

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Israel hunts BDS supports

Democracy Now mentions a report from Ha’aretz that ‘Israeli military intelligence has begun collecting information about left-wing organizations abroad that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement’. So it’s worth mentioning that although I’m agonizing about whether a boycott is … Continue reading

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Who benefits from EU-Israel academic cooperation? David Cronin, The Electronic Intifada, 10 March 2011 http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11851.shtml Although I’m currently unimpressed by the content of Ali Abunimah’s objections to Chomsky, empirical evidence is relevant to assessing whether the boycott is justified, and … Continue reading

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Practical significance

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=211524 Eini to US Jewish leaders: Don’t underestimate BDS movement By JORDANA HORN 10/03/2011 Chairman of the Histadrut labor federation says that the boycott movement against Israel is “doing a good job all over the world.” NEW YORK – Ofer … Continue reading

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Challenging Noam Chomsky’s opposition

Notes on Ali Abunimah and Jeffrey Blankfort interviewed on KPFA’s show Voices from the Middle East and North Africa (audio here). Excerpts of Chomsky’s previous interview given: he distinguishes ‘feel-good’ and ‘do-go’ actions; the former might do harm to the … Continue reading

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Starting with revision

It’s late in the day to start thinking about the ethics of a boycott of Israel, since debate swelled originally in 2003, as the article this is all about shows. Still, it’s as well to start with revision of what … Continue reading

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