We are categorically opposed to all calls to boycott Israel. Firstly, such calls are counter-productive: since they have no real impact on the commercial economy of Israel, they have no effect in terms of persuading the Israeli government to change policy – but nonetheless they risk persuading Israeli citizens that any change of policy is pointless because ‘the whole world is against us.’ These calls to boycott have a perverse effect: when they take aim at cultural and intellectual production, as is increasingly the case, they weaken those very artists and intellectuals who are often the greatest defenders of the rights of Palestinians. And finally, these boycott calls reflect an unhealthy obsession with Israel, which is the only country targeted in this way, even though there are other countries that are just as blameworthy which are strangely ignored by these boycotters.

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