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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important reading for people interested in ending Israeli oppression
I would certainly recommend this book for people interested in the logic and rationale of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions as a means of ending Israel's on-going oppression and dispossession of the Palestinians. The book is composed of 26 chapters written by 29 contributors (some of the chapters are co-authored) coming from a broad range of back-grounds. The chapters...
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rrible book for a horrible cause
He's regarded as a prominent 'intellectual' by feckless Brits and American far left,but the author is nothing but a hypocrite,who himself has studied @ Israeli university,and holds Israeli degree passport and citizenship..Yet encourages those who are anti Semitic or at least are not averse to this sinister concept to boycott Israel..Hello!!U make ur money advocating...
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important reading for people interested in ending Israeli oppression, October 6, 2012
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Adam A. Waterhouse (Southampton, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Case for Sanctions Against Israel (Paperback)
I would certainly recommend this book for people interested in the logic and rationale of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions as a means of ending Israel's on-going oppression and dispossession of the Palestinians. The book is composed of 26 chapters written by 29 contributors (some of the chapters are co-authored) coming from a broad range of back-grounds. The chapters are self-contained comments by the individual contributors.

Readers wishing to turn straight away to an explanation of the rationale of BDS should read the chapter by Naomi Klein (ch.19) and Ilan Pappe (ch.20) first. Ilan Pappe describes his decision to support BDS as follows:

"For an activist, the realization that change from within is unattainable not only grows from an intellectual or political process, but is more than anything else an admission of defeat. And it was this fear of defeatism that prevented me from adopting a more resolute position for a very long time.... Supporting BDS remains a drastic act for an Israeli peace activist. It excludes one immediately from the consensus and from the accepted discourse in Israel....But there is really no other alternative. Any other option - from indifference, through soft criticism, and up to full endorsement of Israeli policy - is a wilful decision to be an accomplice to crimes against humanity."

John Berger in his two page chapter (ch.21) provides a short but important analysis of how BDS should be understood and explained:

"Boycott is not a principle. When it becomes one, it risks becoming exclusive and racist. No boycott, in our sense of the term, should be directed against an individual, a people, or a nation as such. A boycott is directed against a policy and the institutions that support that policy, either actively or tacitly. Its aim is not to reject, but to bring about change."

I don't think that the importance of clearly understanding this point could be over-stated. It really is essential for BDS activists to be able to understand and communicate this point clearly if BDS is to be successful in bringing about the change in public consciousness that is required.

The book contains two chapter by South African commentators: Ronnie Kasrils (ch.11), a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, and Ran Greenstein (ch.16), an academic from Johannesburg, both of which I found particularly powerful. Perhaps the most unusual chapter is written by Marc Ellis (ch.14), a Professor of Jewish studies at Baylor University in Texas. Although he echoes the discredited myth that Israel was faced with an existential threat prior to the 1967 war (or at least fails to clearly debunk it) he does make some interesting points, including drawing a parallel between the criticisms faced by 'Jews of conscience' and the Biblical prophets:

"Like the prophets, Jews of conscience who argue for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions are charged with treason. And, again like the prophets, Jews of conscience are seen as imperilling the security of the State of Israel and of Jews everywhere. Those who call for concrete measures against the policies of the State of Israel, especially after the Holocaust, are seen as blasphemers by the powers that be. But then the prophets were seen in exactly the same way."

My main criticism of this book is that is has no Introduction or Conclusion and so the reader is left to their own devises to try to pull together the themes of the various chapters into a coherent whole. This strikes me as an omission, and is certainly something that I would have appreciated as a reader. I would agree with the other four star reviewer that there is scope for more writing on this subject, and a more broad-ranging analysis of the tactic of BDS than we have been presented with yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naomi Klein nails it, June 24, 2014
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With the continued outrageous behavior by Israel and the daily atrocities committed against the people of Palestine, this book should be required reading by all members of Congress: Sanction the Jewish State
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important anthology of political intellectuals discussing a political scandal of our times, June 13, 2014
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The volume combines 29 authors with very different backgrounds that see in "Sanctions Against Israel" the essential way out of the middle-east peace process-deadlock that favored so far over the last three decades Israel's politics of occupation and ever new settlements. I do not agree with all of the contributor's opinions but many of the arguments for Sanctions presented in the book are convincing. I hope the book provokes a change in the political consciousness of an enlightened public especially in Europe. It definitely is a great anthology of political intellectuals discussing a political scandal of our times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not before time, May 29, 2014
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its about time that someone had the courage to speak out against this apartheid state that has systematically abused maimed and slaughtered the Palestinians not only that but it has ignored more than 4 dozen UN resolutions this book is well written and features not one voice but many .............
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25 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad introduction to BDS, April 26, 2012
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I will keep this as non-political as possible. I picked up the book because I have read many of the authors and although I am not particularly interested in BDS, I am actively involved in the Israel-Palestine issue, so I decided to get it. It has the usual authors about BDS giving short 2-10 page writings about various aspects of BDS. There is much overlap, especially about what they consider successes, and much about what boycott entails. I wish the book was formulated to giving compare and contrast arguments from various authors on the conflict, to give a broader spectrum of opinion on the matter. The book reads more like a hooray for BDS than anything else. There are a few noteworthy articles (about 35 total articles) and some that is hard to understand why they are in there. If you do not know much about BDS, it is a better choice than Omar Barghouthi's 300 page editorial turned into a book "BDS" but it still falls short of what should be written. If you want a hooray for BDS book, this is a good book for you. If you want a critical analysis of BDS, unfortunately this book is not for you, the only counter arguments, left and right, are the authors' interpretations of various arguments.
Hope this review helps, please don't waste time posting comments about BDS itself, this review is about the book, I honestly don't care to have some BDS debate on my review. Thanks
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rrible book for a horrible cause, May 27, 2014
This review is from: The Case for Sanctions Against Israel (Paperback)
He's regarded as a prominent 'intellectual' by feckless Brits and American far left,but the author is nothing but a hypocrite,who himself has studied @ Israeli university,and holds Israeli degree passport and citizenship..Yet encourages those who are anti Semitic or at least are not averse to this sinister concept to boycott Israel..Hello!!U make ur money advocating boycott of the very country that empowered U in a position to international prominence??This is sedition and the book is a nefarious propaganda tool!!This is plain ol anti nationalism and anti semitism,there is no case for BDS or STD or whatever vs the only democracy in the middle east..Western ideals simply are not applicable in Israel,a beautiful country surrounded by 23 savage enemies who,if they could would destroy her in a minute,any given Sunday(But they CANNOT!) and has 20% population as a 'minority',so many members of which want her destruction!!At best the US has 5 people likes (who would wish the same 4 the US,that it's destroyed too,much like 'minority' in Israel which is massive like 20%) of Michael Moore and on the looney left who would do that to the US,EU however is in a much worse position with threats of Sharia looming all over them(they are being paid back for their savage imperialism in last 4 centuries)
Israel is a light to the world with their innovations,medical discoveries,humane medical system and technologies,a democratic spirit in otherwise a very primitive and dark region of the world..
Any1 who supports BDS shld go all around,boycott computers as they use Israeli chips in them(BDS facade would END if that happens because it's propagators are mainly those third class British activists who use social media -again by Israel to spread their anti Semitic bile on the net),BOYCOTT all Israeli medical innovation,go all the way!!
BDS and it's cause is a facade,a propaganda,a blackmail,a sinister threat based on the stereotype of Jewish ppl being greedy,BDS is racist(Y not boycotting Assad instead who has killed more Palestinians than Israelis have over last 67 years??)and this is a movement of degenerates..0 out of 5 stars..
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32 of 113 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars gross nonsense, December 24, 2012
This review is from: The Case for Sanctions Against Israel (Paperback)
Hmm..A case for sanctions against Israel? Sort of like the case for sanctions against European Jews who fought back against the holocaust. Are the Israelis really supposed to be sanctioned for trying to protect themselves against those irrational, self professed murderers who would kill every last Jew if they could? And lets get some Israelis to help the cause like the few self hating Jews who helped the Nazis. Or maybe these folks are writing to curry favor with the "Palestinians" who they are afraid might kill them? Pathetic, one sided nonsense. But very politically correct.
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9 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Uninformed Case, January 7, 2013
This review is from: The Case for Sanctions Against Israel (Paperback)
I typically have agreed with Naomi Klein's positions in the past, however she's got it all wrong when it comes to Israel. If she wants to root for the underdog, then all she need do is purchase a map of the world and take a look at the size of Israel compared to all the Islamic countries around it. One almost needs a magnifying glass to find it. At that point, she should consider the fact that most, if not all of those countries have instituted a state policy of antisemitism, teaching it to their children, and refusing to recognize the Jewish state, which has been around for as long before the creation of Islam as from that time to present. The Arabs have acted with no sense of morality and have been routinely targeting civilians, including women and children with their bombs and rockets. The Israelis have painstakingly taken the moral high road and tried to only protect themselves by retaliating on military/terrorist targets, to the best of their abilities. The Arabs even use their own civilians as human shields to garner international pity. Let's not kid ourselves. This is not a political or nationalistic issue. It is a hatred of Jews issue - one that has been played out by the Christians in the Inquisition, the Russians in the pogroms, and of course the Nazis. The Jews are through running and hiding. They have finally returned to their homeland and will protect it against all terrorists. If Ms. Klein's family was under daily rocket attack as well as suicide bombings, I suspect she would be quick to change her flawed, ideological tune.
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6 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Echo Chamber, not a book, January 7, 2013
This review is from: The Case for Sanctions Against Israel (Paperback)
The contributors to this volume are a cookie-cutter's dream - different ethnicities, both genders, assorted fields of study, and diverse nationalities all united around one core concept - the end of the State of Israel.

Two of the most valuable studies of Islam in the Arab World that help explain its grinding underdevelopment and economic weakness are lost in the clamor of these authors. I refer to Dan Diner's "Lost in the Sacred: Why the Muslim World Stood Still" (Princeton, 2009) and the UNDP's "Arab Human Development Report, 2004" (UN, 2005)

Books about the need for sanctions against Israel offer a perfect ruse and distraction that enables the Arab World and many who write about it to look away or close their eyes entirely.
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3 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is, September 30, 2012
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I try to look at both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I have read No Logo by Naomi Klein. This book follows in a similar manner. It is good from the other side, but I fail to see a point. Worth the money though
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