Outside the UN, BDS Is Losing Badly

Giving up the ghost.

BDS activists are presumably celebrating the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to warn off companies that do business with Israelis in the West Bank. I’d advise them to enjoy their temporary victory while they can. As several recent events make clear, they’re losing badly outside the UN. And they’re losing for one simple reason: People worldwide are gradually coming to understand that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement isn’t “anti-occupation,” it’s anti-Semitic.

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Outside the UN, BDS Is Losing Badly

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A bubble on the brink?

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She has already cemented her legacy.

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It's not cheating if there is no deal.

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