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December 03, 2009

Fake Boycott Divestment Sanctions Movement Gains Momentum

It seems that while the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement by opponents of Israel has been flagging, a closely related movement has been doing quite well. Efforts by what could be described as Fake Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (FBDS?) movement against Israel have yielded a string of successes, including fake divestment by colleges, tech companies and investment funds.

In the words of Jon Haber, a blogger who wrote about the phenomenon in the Jerusalem Post, there has been "a pattern within the BDS movement to rely on hoaxes in order to create the appearance of political momentum."

One example: The announcement by a pro-Palestinian group at Hampshire College that the school had divested from Israel, and the follow up statement from the school's president that the group was "deliberately misrepresenting" what happened, and that "Hampshire has refused to divest from Israel."

Haber's feature article, which can be found here, is certainly worth a read. (So is his blog, Divest This!.)

Also be sure to check out Dexter Van Zile's in depth discussion of mainline church efforts to divest from Israel, which can be found here.

Posted by at December 3, 2009 11:21 AM


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