If that’s being pro-Palestinian, I’m a proud Likudnik

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)

3 Responses to If that’s being pro-Palestinian, I’m a proud Likudnik

  1. SLC says:

    Actually, the tip of the hat should go to somebody with the moniker bernarda who posted a response on PZs’ board in a thread about Starbucks (which is also the subject of the boycott in the website cited).

  2. SLC says:

    How about boycotting products made by enterprises in the so called occupied territories which employ Palestinians?

  3. KH says:

    Only secondarily anti-American. If they lived in Canada, it’d maybe be a Canadian corporation, if in the UK, a UK one, etc. Primarily anti-Israel & anti-corporate. It’s possible to despise fools w/o letting them drive you to defining your politics in opposition to them.

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