[Marxism] Row over NYC Palestine Activists' Critical take on BDS

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 19:19:56 MDT 2015

I know the players all too well, and the BDS groups in Palestine were
entirely correct in their criticism of the "NYC SJP" statement, which is a
sectarian, ultraleft attack on the movement.
Are any or all of the former groups class struggle revolutionaries? That's
worth exploring.
But the Maoist sect behind the denunciation of BDS and the
mischaracterization of the movement's goals and leaders are narrow-minded
bullies. (I know, having faced their wrath myself.)

On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 8:10 PM, A.R. G via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> NYC Students for Justice in Palestine, a coalition of radical anti-colonial
> Palestine solidarity organizers, just released this statement calling for a
> more critical understanding of the growing BDS movement, seeing it as a
> tool rather than an end in itself, and criticizing the increasing
> dependence of the movement to defer to bourgeois elements of so-called
> Palestinian Civil Society.
> https://nycsjp.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/the-bds-ceiling/
> Surprisingly there was an almost immediate response from a handful of
> initiatives in Gaza, in turn megaphoned by the Ramallah-based BDS National
> Committee, accusing the students of attacking and mischaracterizing BDS.
> http://www.bdsmovement.net/2015/palestinian-student-groups-in-gaza-respond-to-attacks-on-bds-by-nyc-sjp-13309
> The latter statement is, in my view, highly contradictory for reasons I am
> willing to elaborate on personally, but as I am not privy to the details of
> this row I'd rather just post it here for discussion. I know Louis and
> others on the left have been critical of BDS for lacking class analysis and
> being overly deferential to "international law". I think those are
> legitimate areas of criticism for a movement that has an increasingly
> liberal and bourgeois character and is largely represented by Western NGOs
> rather than the Palestinian civil society.
> As tensions continue to rise in occupied Palestine and others speak of a
> third intifada, I think it is time we begin to have a more critical
> discussion of exactly whom in Palestine peace activists, Marxists, and
> leftists should align themselves with and whether or not many of the
> international efforts for Palestine are being appropriately accountable.
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