But columnist Larry Derfner believes things might be changing. At +972 magazine, he has collected evidence showing that pressure is mounting on Israel. He points in part to Thomas Friedman’s June 4th column, in which he wrote that the BDS movement “is creating a powerful surge of international opinion, particularly in Europe and on college campuses, that Israel is a pariah state because of its West Bank occupation.”
Derfner goes on to list numerous other cases in which he sees BDS working, including the recent decision of British physicist Stephen Hawking to skip a conference in Israel. The evidence is largely anecdotal, but taken together it does suggest that those who took comfort in the belief that BDS was symbolically significant but practically irrelevant might need to take a second look.