Prof. Dan Rabinowitz teaches Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University. A former President of the Israeli Anthropological Association, he is a cofounder of Anthropologists for Dialogue on Israel and Palestine.
The American Anthropological Association’s BDS proposal could have far-reaching consequences: strengthening Israel’s right wing and abetting BDS’s rhetorical pretense regarding its true aims.
For the BDS campaign’s narrative of Israel as a radically essentialized evil to work, those most amenable to nuance and dialogue – like Israeli academics and my late friend Edward Said - must be the first to be boycotted.
A courageous Israeli leader would declare a unilateral cease-fire and launch an intra-Palestinian dialogue that could bring quiet to Gaza.