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For decades Pales­tine and Pales­tini­ans were asso­ci­at­ed with ter­ror and ter­ror­ism. In polit­i­cal dis­course and pop­u­lar cul­ture Pales­tini­ans were often type­cast as blood thirsty killers. As the great Pales­tin­ian-Amer­i­can schol­ar Edward Said once rue­ful­ly observed, Pales­tine is a thank­less cause, one in which if you tru­ly serve, you get noth­ing back but oppro­bri­um, abuse, and ostracism. How many friends avoid the sub­ject? How many col­leagues want none of Palestine’s con­tro­ver­sy? How many bien pen­sant lib­er­als have time for Bosnia and Soma­lia, Rwan­da and South Africa and Nicaragua and human and civ­il rights every­where on earth, but not for Pales­tine and Pales­tini­ans?” There are signs that may be chang­ing. A new gen­er­a­tion of activists has breathed fresh ener­gy into the ques­tion of Pales­tine. The BDS, Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions move­ment, has attract­ed more and more adher­ents. The pen­du­lum is shifting.