âThereâs some reason to believe that soft-power militancy of a sufficient magnitude can lead rational leaders to base their future on a peaceful politics of accommodation rather than rely on hard power dominance,â Falk said, comparing the Palestinian national movement to that of the anti-apartheid campaign in South Africa. He pointed to the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel as evidence that the Palestiniansâ soft-power tactics are gaining traction. Some members of the audience were critical of Falkâs presentation. One accused Falk of being a conspiracy theorist, and another reprimanded him for referring to philosophers who supported Nazism or Stalinism. Noting the audienceâs reaction, a Near Eastern studies graduate student asked Falk what lies ahead for someone who wants to enter academia but also holds views that are critical of Israel. Falk responded by discussing how his opponents have accused him of being anti-Semitic. âTo use that label as a way of intimidating and inhibiting criticism of Israel is a very regressive political development in universities and in societies generally, and I hope those of us who are more secure will not give in to those kinds of intimidations,â Falk said.