It's great to see a Ha'aretz columnist writing rationally about the BDS movement. That said, Mr. Burston (unintentionally, I believe), still mischaracterizes the movement and its supporters: 1) Most of the BDS groups with which I have worked are very sensitive to anti-Semitism (or any other form of bigotry) within their own ranks and within the movement, in general. People may hesitate to take a public stand on the issue for fear of playing into the hands of the anti-Israel-is-anti-Semite crowd, but it's not a case of hidden malice. Out of the public eye, there are large numbers of Palestinian, Jewish, and other BDS activists who work diligently to combat anti-Semitism within the movement. 2) The overwhelming majority of BDS supporters I've met have no use for formally Muslim states. I'm not sure what Mr. Burston is reacting to, on this point. 3) There are definitely supporters of BDS who are committed to maintaining Jewish political hegemony in Israel. There are many others who are neutral (myself included) or even sympathetic, in principle, but are opposed in practice, since it can only be done by retroactively endorsing, enforcing, and capitalizing on the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. There is another large group that opposes the idea of ethnic nationalism on principle in all cases. I think there are also some BDS supporters who generally oppose ethnic nationalism, but see Palestinian nationalism as some sort of exception. Finally, I have met some BDS supporters who seem solely concerned with Palestinian rights. The reluctance of many BDS groups to declare a specific political vision is primarily due to this diversity of opinion within the movement.
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