If 2011 goes down in history as the year we "punched back", then 2012 is well on its way to becoming the year we took a pro-active stand. No longer content to merely respond to hate and delegitimation , the local community is leading the way with positive programming, show-casing our pride in our ancient homeland.
The Berkeley conference "Israel through the High tech Lens conference" was met with 2 very bored protesters while hundreds gathered to learn about the "Start up nation", and to take home lessons regarding Israel's culture of innovation.
This unabashed pride in Israel is being seen all over Berkeley, from the streets to the synagogues. Check out the latest offering from Berkeley Hadassah
And, in a gesture than cant help but rub salt into the wounds of the BDS'ers, check out the raffle prizes!
And, in the category of "How's that Boycott coming, btw?" , a quick glance at the local Costco shows the answer is "epic fail"
(Why, yes! That's Israeli cheese!Thank you for asking.)
Even the local Safeway is stocked with israeli goods
Shows that in the belly of the beast, progressive liberal Berkeley, merchants ignore BDS in favor of good old supply and demand.
From Hussein Ibish: "The bottom line is this: if you can't get divestment through UC Berkeley, you're done." Lets take it a step further. If the Zionists in Berkeley of all places are unified and are fighting back, BDS is going down for the final time.