British media reports about BDS often follow a familiar pattern.
First, they misleadingly characterize the movement as progressive, peaceful and merely focused on ending the occupation. Then, they prominently feature – and fail to critically examine – claims of victory made by BDS activists. Finally, they either downplay or completely ignore all counter evidence – statistics and other examples indicating that the boycott movement is not even minimally achieving its objectives.
The Financial Times (FT) – the British equivalent of the Wall Street Journal, which largely focuses on international business and economic news – is among those publications which follow this tendentious, propagandistic formula, one more befitting Electronic Intifada than a “serious” news site.
Though a decade old, BDS’s message — that
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