Matthew Kalman is a foreign correspondent and filmmaker based in Jerusalem. He is the co-director of Circumcise Me: The Comedy of Yisrael Campbell and author of The Murder of Yasser Arafat (DeltaFourth). His latest book is Psychobibi (DeltaFourth). Matthew tweets @MatthewKalman.

Bastardized Boycott?

Recent statements by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas—that the Palestinian leadership does not support the boycott of Israel, but does back the boycott of settlements—threatened to transform the boycott from its self-image as the principled projection of native Palestinian policy to the bastard foreign child of freelance troublemakers, says Matthew Kalman.