BDS Invents New Ways to Embarrass Itself

BDS activists are starting to sense their isolation.

Although the campus boycott movement just lost a big vote at the University of California, Santa Barbara–16 to nothing, no less–its proponents can take solace in a recent win at that center of authoritative Middle East analysis, California State University-Long Beach. There, a divestment resolution targeting companies that allegedly “take part in the oppression of Palestinians” passed the student Senate on a 15-7 vote.

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BDS Invents New Ways to Embarrass Itself

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