Are We at Peak Boycott?


USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer was quoted by the Intelligencer in an article about the use of boycott, divestment, and sanctions tactics in the movement for Palestinian rights.

On the role of social media in boycott actions:

“While I think that social media has been revolutionary as a tool for activists to take collective action, the states and corporations are getting in the game and understanding how to use the tool themselves,” Munayyer said, “and apply[ing] repressive techniques in a world where activists are using social media.”

On the effectiveness of boycott, divestment, and sanctions:

When asked whether the boycott actually does anything to the Israeli economy, or if that is even the point, Munayyer pointed to the court of public opinion. “The U.S. is suddenly beginning to have conversations that absent these tactics would have never happened,” he said. “I think it has played a role to shift public opinion on this issue.”