Friday, September 24, 2010

BDS: Tale of Two Cities

The very excellent blog, Divest This, tracks the BDS campaign as it makes its desperate journey to all points on both American coasts where it thinks it may have a chance to coerce progressive-seeming organizations to join the Israel boycott. One type of organization they target is the food co-op. Should be easy right? Bunch of hippies running these things, surely they're up for sticking it to The Man. Well, it hasn't worked out that way, though BDSers spin it otherwise.

So, I urge you to check out this site and read about the BDS failure at the Port Townsend Co-op and the unfortunate-but-negligable success at Olympia Co-op. Follow the links to reports of both boycott attempts and learn about how BDS works and to how challenge their attempts.

In the meantime, for your entertainment, please enjoy this video of Howard Jacobson, the British novelist, as he trounces the idea of an academic boycott of Israel at an event organized by Engage. The British university unions attempt such things on an annual basis and it may happen that American unions will start drinking that same BDS Kool-Aid. Better to arm ourselves just in case. At any rate his critique applies to all delegimization efforts.



Divest This: http://www.divestthis.com/2010/09/port-townsend-what-went-right.html
Engage: http://engageonline.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/some-engage-classics/

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