My Mideast Punchlines: pure bull…

It has been discovered that a number of groups that promote boycotting of Israeli goods and products are using WiX, an Israeli Web technology, on their websites. One of these is the Cornell University’s Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) group “Students for Justice in Palestine.” It came out with a long, nonsensical, convoluted justification for their BDS inconsistency. You don’t need to read all fifteen hundred words of the gobbledygook, but here are a few choice phrases: BDS is a tactic, not a principle, let alone a call for abstention… The idea that supporters of BDS must avoid contact with anything Israeli not only misconstrues the nature of BDS, but also contorts the idea of politics in general… Those who call us hypocritical for not adhering to a rigid logic of separation simplistically insinuate that if one believes in boycotting Israel, one must do it absolutely and deprive oneself of all the innovative benefits of the “Start-up Nation.”; Since one is opposed to Israel, one must not be in contact with anything Israeli. This separation in turn supports the misguided idea of two clear “sides” to the conflict. It is a troubling binary: on the one side, Israel, a plucky, can-do Zionist spirit, innovation, technology, modernity; on the other, Palestine, poverty, backwardness, violence.

Well, what did the original 2005 BDS charter say? Well. actually, it says that anyone can Boycott Israeli goods, simply by making sure that they don’t buy produce made in Israel or by Israeli companies. (BDS) campaigners and groups call on consumers not to buy Israeli goods, and on businesses not to buy or sell them.

Let us be clear, says Cornell: BDS is not abstention, nor an absolute moral principle.

Small FistWell, that’s okay then. They want to boycott Israel, but they only want to ban products that they would never use anyway! If you’ve forgotten already, I just want to remind you what BDS stands for: the Bullshit Dissemination Society.

 

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