So before you call Israel illegitimate, you must first list every state that also is illegitimate and state exactly why.
And before you demand a boycott against Israel, you must explain why it deserves to be boycotted, and also why other states deserve to be boycotted, and why, broken down state-by-state.
OK, no problem.
The BDS movement will get back to you in 20 years, after properly studying each of the world's states and their histories. (Assuming that Palestinians will continue to have the leisure time, electricity, and computer resources to do this research).
Funny how the civil rights movement never was asked to go through this massive research undertaking.
But that's OK!
See you in 20 years, and sorry for bothering you with all that BDS talk without doing this important research first.
Let's accept the premise that there are "many Arab students who speak out and do it quite well".
I don't see them in any public sphere demanding the boycott of Israel.
This is proof that they have resigned themselves to read nice blogs like Mondoweiss, attend nice conferences, meet nice people like yourself, graduate from college, raise families, and so pass their lives under the radar.
After many years of watching the so-called BDS community, I am afraid that is the outer limit of their aspirations.
They want the company and safety of their friends and family.
They do not, repeat, do not want to march for any action against Israel because they fear it will destroy their future academic and career prospects, and put them "on a list."
They also do not want to associate with anyone who openly demands any action against Israel, for the same reasons.
This is the cold truth. This puts BDS in the hands of a few non-Arabs who have an extremely limited ability to mobilize anyone, and who are happy with very limited forms of BDS.
Imagine if the entire civil rights and Black Power movement consisted of white liberals. That would be pretty weak, wouldn't it?
That is the current state of the BDS movement.
When Rachel was murdered, the Wayne State University Student Council passed a resolution demanding total divestment against Israel.
Today, who will be the first campus to do the same?
Text of Wayne State University’s Student Council Divestment Resolution:
Approved on April 17, 2003,
“WHEREAS, the Student Council of Wayne State University has grave misgivings about financing violent ethnic cleansing, racially directed against millions of occupied Palestinian civilians, who are both innocent and helpless,
“WHEREAS, those millions of Palestinians suffer long-term malnutrition, are surrounded by Israeli army bulldozers, tanks, soldiers, and by jet bombers, all of which have killed thousands of occupied Palestinians,
“WHEREAS, on Sunday, March 16, 2003, an American college student, Rachel Corrie, was killed in plain sight, while dressed in bright orange, while waving, and while shouting at an Israeli Army bulldozer through a megaphone, by that same Israeli Army bulldozer, in the Occupied Gaza Strip,
“WHEREAS, that Israeli Army bulldozer ran her over twice,
“WHEREAS, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged us all to divest from Israel due to its violent and humiliating apartheid policies,
“WHEREAS, Israel was a long-time, close ally of White Apartheid South Africa,
“WHEREAS, the Wayne State University Board of Governors (“the Board”) has knowledge of University investments, including what governments our University is paying taxes to by means of investment, and has the authority to seek such information from its fund managers,
“THEREFORE IT IS RESOLVED, that we ask the Board to immediately divest (dis-invest) our university from Israel,
“THEREFORE IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that we ask the Board for a report this semester, on its progress in divesting the University from its investments in Israel, including divestment from all companies doing business in Israel, and divestment from all stocks and pension funds which include those companies.”