Among the venues that I tend to read on a regular basis, as I ponder the ongoing Nazi-like racist siege of the tiny Jewish minority in the Middle East by the vast Arab-Muslim majority, is Jon Haber's Divest This! blog.
It is with considerable regret that I wish to inform my readers that Jon has decided to allow Divest This! to go fallow. For those of you unfamiliar with Jon's work I would encourage you go over there and read some of his analyses of the BDS movement. Jon's thinking tends to be a bit more optimistic than my own. He also has a way of sticking very closely to the comings and goings of the BDS movement... as it slithered hither and thither... and then every once in awhile bust out into very interesting philosophical-political musings on the larger genocidal effort against us and on the larger topic of what we might call the "cognitive war."
Having written close to half a million words on the subject of BDS over the last four years, it was nice to discover a graphic (actually the Google mashup Barbara pointed us towards) that so nicely sums up one of the key messages of Divest This: the utter failure of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions “movement” to achieve anything even closely resembling its goals.Jon followed the dingbatish efforts by anti-Semitic anti-Zionists and Israel Haters to get various institutions, including universities, religious groups, and co-ops, to either divest from Israel or to harass retail outfits into stop selling things like the Sodastream make-your-own-soda thingy or Ahava personal body goop from the Dead Sea.
He often analyzed how the Israel Haters would claim defeat as victory even as people would charge into the stores to gobble up Israeli products precisely because anti-Semitic anti-Zionists were encouraging people not to. He notes:
And speaking of popularity, the common wisdom is that BDS and similar de-legitimziation campaigns really don’t care about what they achieve practically, as long as they are introducing a steady drip of propaganda into the bloodstream of the body politic (especially among the young). Yet as this recent story shows, Israel’s popularity continues to hang in that 60-70% approval rating amongst Americans, a figure that doesn’t seem to have moved despite decades of propaganda aimed at smearing the Jewish state.One thing is certain, Divest This! will very much be missed.
Since we are not responsible for the beginning and continuation of this war, we have no ability to make it stop. But we can do our part to ensure such aggression continues to fail in hope that the aggressors finally come to their senses and begin to work for the betterment of their people, rather than enforce their continued suffering.And amen to that.