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On May 28, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court struck down the state’s anti-SLAPP law, following an appeal filed by five individuals who are suing the Olympia Food Co-op for boycotting Israeli products. The Israeli advocacy organization StandWithUs immediately hailed the decision as a “BDS Defeat,” “a major setback to the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) campaign,” and an “overwhelming victory.” But in reality the Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of the plaintiffs’ case, much less on BDS.

Phan Nguyen debunks the misreadings of the Salaita report from the University of Illinois, in particular the claim that the report said that donors did not influence the decision to fire Salaita. The record is clear, the report did not establish the facts in that connection and didn’t treat damaging emails showing the Illinois chancellor juggling her schedule to meet an angry donor.