What would you do if you were Palestinian? In 1998, Ehud Barak, then in the running to become Israel’s next prime minister, said that if he were a young Palestinian he “would have entered one of the terrorist organizations and fought from there”—a statement that became a flashpoint in the campaign (which Barak went on to to win). Of course the moral problems with killing innocents are obvious, which is one reason terrorism is seldom effective as a political tactic. Yet the fact that Barak’s candor didn’t sink his political career suggests an underlying Israeli understanding of why Palestinians fight to retain their land.
Regardless of what I think about the BDS movement, I fail to see how laws that effectively outlaw BDS can be Constitutional. The people who belong to this movement are using their inalienable rights to protest what they see as an injustice. To tell them that they may not engage in these protests is an injustice (especially considering we are obliged to honor neo-nazis and white supremacists right of free speech).