If you read my comments carefully, you'll see that I never compared Mrs. Thier's "comments about BDS to Mr. Chomsky’s", because, as you said, it wasn't discussed. What I suggested was that she would, imo, make a more effective board member than Mr. Chomsky for the reasons that I outlined.
"I think my anti-Zionist comments on this website and this lady’s anti-Zionist comments illustrate that JVP members offer a damn sight more than a minimal critique if you care to listen and stop cherrypicking. "
This is not a personal critique of you, Hostage. Whose "panties are in a wad?" But I do think that anyone who claims to support BDS should respect the movement and it's founders and support the full three-point BDS platform. Omar Barghouti is the BDS movements's leading figure, and as such, deserves the respect and support of all who claim to support this movement. He labels those who cherry pick from the points, "the Zionist left."
Who cares where they grew up and were educated? imo, that's irrelevant. Gandhi was born in India, educated in London and was an expatriate lawyer in South Africa before leading India to freedom.
"Chomsky was pointing out to Barat that these and many other leaders and spokespersons for the BDS movement do not reflect the views of many Palestinians. In some cases the organizations don’t even have offices or a mailbox in occupied Palestine."
If, that's the case, then that's for the Palestinians to state. imo it's presumptuous of Chomsky or anyone else to speak for them. They seem quite capable of speaking for themselves. Really, Hostage? A BDS office in occupied Palestine? And what do you think would happen to that? Maybe you and Mr. Chomsky go and live in Palestine for a month. I haven't been there, but I can visualize it and empathize-visualize myself as the other. It happened for Mrs. Thier and it changed her outlook and maybe even her life. Because in the end, enforcing laws can create justice and equality, but after that, in order for people to live together peacefully, imo, the key is empathy, which requires opening of the heart and humility.
"Nice straw man, but telling fellow BDSers that one of their tactics is wrong-headed or that they might do more harm than good, at a given point in time, doesn’t mean you don’t acknowledge the Palestinian narrative or support their rightful demands."
Not a "straw man." No distortion or misrepresentation.
"fellow BDSers"? Who are you referring to? Noam Chomsky? Now you're distorting my words and intent. Why shouldn't "BDSers" disagree with each other? We're not a homogenous group. We comprise people from all over the world-many cultures, nationalities and languages.; however, I agree with Jamie Stern-Weiner:
"It quickly becomes apparent that the article’s operative definition of BDS-friendly activities is sufficiently expansive to encompass campaigns whose objectives run directly contrary to the BDS platform, and which are organised by individuals and organisations directly contrary to the BDS platform, and which are organised by individuals and organisations who emphatically reject BDS. As examples of such “targeted support for BDS” the authors cite, ...Norman Finkelstein, NOAM CHOMSKY [my emphasis], ... If these diverse groups and individuals do not endorse the BDS platform, the authors insist, they nonetheless support “BDS methods.” But then, in what sense do their actions constitute “targeted support for BDS”? Indeed what makes their methods “BDS methods”?
And I agree with Omar Barghouti who "dismisses anything short of support for the full three-point BDS platform as mere “boycotting acts” of the “Zionist left.”
I don't think we're going to agree on this so why continue the discussion? You're entitled to your opinion and I'm entitled to mine.