Comparing occupations? Comparing boycotts?

Peter Beinart has written a very smart analysis of what’s wrong with the AAS boycott:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/17/the-american-studies-association-is-really-boycotting-israel-s-existence.html

And an interesting critique of the EU’s anti-settlement policy by comparing it with EU policies towards Northern Cyprus and the Western Sahara

http://www.timesofisrael.com/why-is-this-occupation-different-from-all-other-occupations/#.Urt3J6eSBxI.email

I’m not convinced because there are distinctive aspects of the Israeli occupation that do account for the EU’s approach.  Still, comparison is always helpful, even if it highlights difference more than similarity.

 

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One thought on “Comparing occupations? Comparing boycotts?

  1. The Peter Beinart link just brings me to a UT computer site.

    Hope you had a good Christmas and post-Christmas.

    Lots of cold viruses floating around here.

    Maybe talk tomorrow…

    Rich

    Richard L. Kravitz, MD, MSPH

    Professor and Co-vice Chair (Research)

    Interim Director, UC Center Sacramento

    Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of General Internal Medicine

    Direct line: 916.734.1248 (UC Davis Medical Center); 916.445.5533 (UC Center Sacramento)

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