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Who Defines the ‘B’ in the BDS Movement?

Recent statements by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas—that the Palestinian leadership does not support the boycott of Israel, but does back the boycott of settlements—threatened to transform the boycott from its self-image as the principled projection of native Palestinian policy to the bastard foreign child of freelance troublemakers, says Matthew Kalman.

Cheerleaders advocating a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel have reacted with understandable dismay to the bombshell remarks dropped by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a press conference in South Africa during the memorial events for Nelson Mandela last week.

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