Congress is the next battleground for the boycott movement against Israel. Some congressmen are leaping to introduce legislation to stem these efforts. And the Israelis are enraged that John Kerry even dignified the boycott movement by mentioning it out loud.
“If [the Abolitionists] did not gain love in the quarters where they might have looked for it, they gained the very valuable hatred of their enemies; for they goaded Southern politicians to fury and madness, of which the first symptom was their effort to suppress Abolitionist petitions in Congress. But above all they educated in their labor of thirty years, a school of opinion, not entirely in agreement with them but ready one day to revolt with decision from continued complicity in wrong.”
I think this insight about educating the public applies also to liberal Zionists Peter Beinart and Tom Friedman, who while forswearing the Boycott-divestment-sanctions movement’s aims have embraced BDS as a tactic to force Israel to leave the West Bank. When there is significant violence in Israel/Palestine (which I regard as inevitable), they will accept BDS as the nonviolent alternative.
Thanks to the same friend who passed along the gem from Hugh Trevor-Roper.