When the debate visits a campus, it typically leaves behind a campus in shambles: friendships and relationships are severed, people stop talking to each other, and the overall educational mission of the institution is irreparably harmed.
It's no secret that American campuses are becoming extremely hostile to Israel. The growth of Students for Justice in Palestine, BDS proposals, Apartheid Weeks, and so on, mean that all the anti-Israel discourse anyone could want is freely available.
We Jews have a history of implementing unity as a means for social healing. The Midrash, as well as Maimonides, elaborate on Abraham's efforts to unite his fellow Babylonians after seeing their growing alienation.
A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.
Israel's policies can be legitimately criticized by fair-minded observers, but the criticism must be legitimate and it must be fair. And college and university officials must rebuke any campus organizations that pervert support for Israel into a modern-day scarlet letter.
Shfokh hamatkha reminds me to pay attention to the hate that exists in the world, against us, and against others, but because it is said as we open the door for Elijah, it reminds me not to let the fear that hate evokes cloud our vision of what we are called to do to redeem the world.
Israel's supporters are not a special breed of fanatic, "uncritical boosters"; but a diverse lot of thoughtful patriots, confronting dilemmas while also affirming Jewish national dreams and Israel's fundamental rights.
Many Presbyterian leaders do not share the polarizing arguments brought by Zionism Unsettled. Hopefully, the Presbyterian Church will reject any resolution that reflects a one-sided anti-Israel position during discussions at the upcoming Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly in Detroit.
Anti-Semitism has characteristics like other forms of bigotry in terms of stereotyping, alienation from the other, and discrimination. But what makes it different, and which goes a long way to explain anomalous things about anti-Semitism is the core of the anti-Semitic idea.
Now that most nations finally acknowledge anti-Semitism as a scourge, adding criticism of the Jewish State to the list undermines the precious credibility of a hard-fought brand. It clouds rather than clarifies.
If there can be no legitimate disagreement, even acrimony, there can be no dialogue and potential for mutual acceptance and genuine respect. Criticism can be unfair, disingenuous, inaccurate and even offensive, without being anti-Semitic.
To say that anti-Zionism is antisemitism is too simplistic, just as it is a canard to say that Zionism is racism or that Israel is an apartheid state. Scholars have something important to contribute to this debate: to facilitate a more rounded discussion of the new Judeophobia.
Three different incidents this month alone show us, however, that crime in museums is very easy to achieve. Elementary yet different in execution, these recent events allow us to ascertain what motivates people to commit art crimes.
One doesn't spend a quarter-century working in the American academy without coming across all manner of opinionated, irrational and overheated types. None more so than those whose out-of-class activism consists of lambasting the State of Israel.
The Friends Seminary teaches our future leaders. Many Friends Schools around the country have espoused strongly anti-Israel policies for years. Now, they have crossed the line from preaching anti-Zionism to tolerating anti-Semitism.
A recent article in the Nation was at its most preposterous in depicting BDS as a grassroots movement assembling Palestinians, anti-Zionist Jews, and labor unionists in a moral crusade against Zionism.