While trying to follow events at last night’s performance in London by Israel’s Habima Theatre – remember? The performance the BDS movement sought to have boycotted, but failed – we couldn’t help come across what seemed to be a cyber-war of sorts going on alongside the issue. Seems that Israel’s London Embassy were found to have been trying to coordinate some Twitter activity in support of the performance and the more general theme of allowing artists to be heard, something which known anti-Israel hatemonger Ben White at the Electronic Intifada website called them out for. Funny thing is, though, that the very same Electronic Intifada reported at great length in early March as to the importance of planning Twitter campaigns, noting that recent campaigns that had brought international attention “did not do so by chance”.
Never missing an opportunity to remind us never to lose our sense of irony, we find the BDS movement once again caught in the inescapable contradictions of their mission and their identity: they claim universal rights for some while denying them to others; they claim to speak for the masses when they are by their own admission a narrow caste seeking to manufacture the image that they are “trending” in popularity; they claim to be being muzzled even as they seek to muzzle others; and they claim victories even as they are dealt yet another defeat.
We guess given the high profile that their call to boycott Habima received, it’s not that surprising that they’re now trying to distract attention from their defeat by focusing on what goes on on Twitter instead of what goes on in the real world the rest of us live in.