Category BDS

The New-Antisemitism: proof at last?

The Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) has been a relatively sober voice on antisemitism. But its recent interventions – perhaps not coincidentally, co-published with the Community Security Trust (CST) – have pandered to the communal hysteria. A recent JPR-CST paper shows that support for anti-Israel boycotts and descriptions of Israel as ‘apartheid’ are typically […]

Boycotting Palestinian workers: update

I have written before about the ethics of boycotting settlement businesses that employ Palestinians. Data from a recent UNCTAD report ought to give advocates of such boycotts pause: In 2015, nearly 12 per cent of employed Palestinians worked in Israel and in settlements . . . Employment in Israel and Israeli settlements accounted for 16 per cent […]

THE POLITICS OF ISRAEL’S ‘EXISTENTIAL THREATS’

Moshe Ya’alon, then-Israeli defence minister (February 2016): Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon told defense officials attending the Munich global security conference this weekend that Iran is the ‘biggest generator of terrorism in the world’, and saying that the recently implemented nuclear deal with Iran posed an ‘existential threat’ to Israel. Moshe Ya’alon, now out of […]

ON BOYCOTTING PALESTINIAN WORKERS

I have a short piece on the ethics of boycotting settlement businesses over at Norman Finkelstein’s site. In the absence of a mass Palestinian movement, substantially reversing Israel’s policies is impossible; while in the absence of representative Palestinian organisations, it is difficult to establish whether Palestinian workers support boycotts at the price of their jobs. […]

THE PARAMETERS OF MAINSTREAM DEBATE (III)

First published at New Left Project. In a recent article for Truthdig, I examined the transcripts of several European parliamentary resolutions and debates about recognising Palestine. They revealed overwhelming support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, both overall and more narrowly amongst those at the most ‘pro-Palestinian’ end of the parliamentary spectrum. A […]

ANOTHER BDS VICTORY, THAT NEVER WAS

Mondoweiss reports on leading BDS spokesperson Omar Barghouti’s recent visit to Italy: Barghouti also met with leaders of the metalworkers unions of Italy’s three national confederations, FIOM-Cgil, which has endorsed BDS, FIM-Cisl and UIM-Uil, representing altogether over 500 hundred thousand workers. In a joint statement, the unions recognised that the BDS campaign ‘has proven itself to […]