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The pro-Israel camp - and some supporters of the Palestinian cause - are viewing the Scarlett Johansson / SodaStream saga as a defeat for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. I fundamentally disagree.

Yes, the actress refused to bow to pressure to stop being the poster girl for the Israeli company, which has a factory on occupied Palestinian territory.

February 10, 2014

Gaza children paint a mural against a siege that the EU helps to finance.

(Mohammed Asad / APA images)

Has the European Union finally confessed that it is footing the bill for the occupation of Palestine?

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ONCE derided as the scheming of crackpots, the campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, widely known as BDS, is turning mainstream. That, at any rate, is the fear of a growing number of Israelis. Some European pension funds have withdrawn investments; some large corporations have cancelled contracts; and the American secretary of state, John Kerry, rarely misses a chance to warn Israel that efforts to “delegitimise” and boycott it will increase if its government spurns his efforts to conclude a two-state settlement of its conflict with the Palestinians.

February 8, 2014

JERUSALEM — IF Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to revive talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority fail because of Israel’s continuing construction of illegal settlements, the Israeli government is likely to face an international boycott “on steroids ,” as Mr.


The New York Legislature is moving to pass a bill that would bar state financing for academic groups that have taken official action to boycott higher-education institutions in Israel. The initiative, which last week passed the State Senate, is now pending before the Assembly. It should be voted down by lawmakers, or, if they prove feckless, Gov.

February 3, 2014

By now you have likely heard about the controversy over Hollywood star Scarlett Johannson and her love triangle between SodaStream, an company that manufactures products in an Israeli settlement and OxFam, an international NGO that opposes settlements.

January 31, 2014

Israel's reflexive defenders have reverted to their customary blunt cudgel: the charge that critics of Israeli policies are anti-Semitic. Their recent target was the 5,000-member American Studies Association, which voted in December to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

The ASA vote mirrors an international movement promoting comprehensive boycotts, sanctions and divestment against Israel to compel its respect for Palestinian equal rights.

January 30, 2014

The growing movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israeli universities has struck a chord in Israel.









Roger Waters in occupied Palestine. (Image via

The intellectual dishonesty of Israel’s supporters is appalling. But in some odd way, is also understandable.

January 16, 2014

At the height of its military - particularly nuclear - and economic power, Israel is feeling uncharacteristically vulnerable; but this time the threat is ironically coming from a nonviolent movement anchored in international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

December 23, 2013