Generally, I don’t mince words when it comes to condemning Israel’s various atrocities against Arabs. But boycotting Intel because it has a plant in Israel is just stupid. Once in a while, I see some idiotic anti-American group talk about boycotting all American products, generally coming within an inch of making me call myself pro-American again.
These boycotts don’t achieve anything. They’re too fringe, and too unfocused. I can understand boycotting Israeli products made in the Occupied Territories; that would be like the Civil Rights boycotts of the 1950s and 60s. Boycotting everything made in Israel is more like boycotting every white-owned business in the South.
I’m not even sure they’re supposed to achieve anything. They’re more like a badge of solidarity, a way for a radical pro-Palestinian to show to his peers that he’s part of the in-group, that he structures his lifestyle around The Cause. Every cause produces these idiots – feminism and environmentalism have gotten fairly infamous for that, but anti-Americanism, anti-Imperialism, pro-Palestinianism, and similar movements aren’t any better.
(hat-tip to commenter SLC)