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#AMF2015 Tackles Politics, Religion, Ethics, Innovation

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.16.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Toss some hot political issues, mix in religious extremism, factor some ethical considerations and blend in innovation to produce the most sought-after ticket in Arab media events.

Ivy Covered Lies: Genteel anti-Semitism Is Still Jew Hatred!

Gil Troy | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Gil Troy

The new anti-Semitism violates core academic values of encouraging openness toward others, in all their diversity; of seeking truth, in all its complexity; and of fighting for freedom, with all its messiness.

Anti-semitism at My Alma Mater

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Three weeks ago I received a strange email. "Did I know," my friend wondered, "about the antisemitism brewing on the Stanford University campus?"

The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Alex Cacioppo

The tenth anniversary of the BDS movement is fast approaching, inspiring hope and fear to the respective opponents and proponents of the ongoing domination of Palestinians.

Anti-Semitism on Campus: Old Wine in New Bottles

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.29.2015 | College
Abraham H. Foxman

Jews in America have made too much progress over the last half-century to cause us to overreact. Still, we cannot afford to be complacent. We have to address these campus issues now before they expand further and spin out of control, truly creating a widespread worrisome atmosphere.

Jessica Schulberg

Congress Votes Against European Boycotts of Israeli Settlements

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday evening, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously voted in favor of an amendment to discourage European participation in t...

Israel's Independence at 67: Living Up to the Ideals of Its Founders

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.23.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

On this important day, I can live with these dual feelings: an immense pride as a Jew in the glories of the Jewish state, and a realization that the challenges facing Israel are profound and require new initiatives.

Samantha Lachman

After Israeli Election Disappointment, Two-State Supporters Plan Their Next Moves

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict weren't too discouraged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanya...

Israel Cannot Reform Itself and Needs Some Tough Love

Bob Herbst | Posted 05.24.2015 | World
Bob Herbst

The time has now come for American and Diaspora Jews the world over to open their hearts and mouths, to speak out, and to act. It is time to administer some tough love, to persuade the Israeli people and their government that the occupation must come to an end.

Israel and Palestine: The Civil War Solution (DD versus Bibi Part 3)

Mitchell Cohen | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
Mitchell Cohen

"I am all for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations," said DD, the imaginary Israeli Defense Dove, when she contacted me again.

As Stanford Falls to BDS, It's Time to Strike Back

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The dominoes are falling one by one. The student governments of major and highly prestigious universities, comprised of giant Jewish student populations, are voting to divest from major companies doing business with Israel.

Why I Went to Israel

Haroon Moghul | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Haroon Moghul

I did not go imagining I would single-handedly solve anything, nor did any of us go presuming to speak for or represent Palestinians. I went to better understand, and to invest in a relationship we see far more promise in -- that between American Muslims and American Jews.

Activism in the Academy: #Ferguson2MLA and BDS

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 03.14.2015 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

Younger scholars are both energized by the new forms of knowledge they are discovering and producing, and also more activist and engaged, less complacent in their academic lives. They also see the direct connection their academic subjects have with real life crises.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Union Weighs Boycott Of Israel

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a looming vote that already has stirred passions on California campuses, a labor union representing graduate students in the state un...

Ferguson and Palestine: Different Issues, Same Problem

Abraham Gutman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Abraham Gutman

These struggles are intertwined, and the core of the issues is very similar. It is the distorted view by the majority of a population that other people are a threat. No individual should be treated differently than anyone else in their community, not in Ferguson, not in Palestine, and not anywhere else.

Princeton's Faculty Petition to Divest from Israeli Occupation

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Usaama al-Azami

It remains to be seen what sort of response this petition elicits both in its favor, and in opposition; and whether it encourages comparable petitions at other institutions, academic or otherwise.

This Is How an Academic Boycott of Israel Actually Works

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

Even one of the mainstay journals of American academia, the Chronicle of Higher Education, is not immune from inaccuracies and misstatements. This points to an inability, and perhaps unwillingness, of the mainstream media to treat the issue of the academic boycott of Israel in a fair-handed manner.

A Reply to Nathaniel Zelinsky: 'Anti-Israel' Professor Shouldn't Have Been Fired

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 10.11.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

Critics of UIUC's action do so not to defend someone critical of Israel -- it is to defend all scholars against the capricious will of administrators to deny employment to faculty who hold unpopular beliefs.

Boycotting, Divesting From and Sanctioning Israel

Ahmed Moor | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Ahmed Moor

Israel has waged three wars against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in the past five years. Those wars, and every war before them and every war that will come, are an outgrowth of a deep injustice.

Holocaust Survivors, Gaza, and My Uncle the Instigator

Peter Himmelman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Himmelman

If you can say that Israel has the right to exist, than you must, in the same breath say that it has the right to defend itself from a fanatical religious cult that is hell-bent on its destruction.

Yes, American Studies Includes Gaza

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 09.17.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

At this juncture in history it is critical for our country precisely to reassess its relations, to reappraise the knowledge with which we discuss and debate the bombardment of Gaza. If this means reconsidering with whom we build institutional relations (recall that the resolution says nothing about individual scholars), then this is a critical time to do so.

Bibi's Dilemma

Amir Handjani | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Amir Handjani

Much to Netanyahu's dismay, the United States has to now work with Iran to combat ISIS advances in the Middle East. The US and Iran share a common enemy in Al Qaeda and ISIS. The US can no longer view Iran as the greatest threat to world peace or be spending so much diplomatic capital nursing the peace process.

Do the Presbyterians Expect Jews to Be the World's Only Christians?

Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen

On June 20, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 310 to 303 to divest its financial holdings in three American companies which do business in Israel because they "profit from non-peaceful pursuits."

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church Makes Controversial Move Against Israel

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

The largest U.S. Presbyterian church narrowly voted Friday to divest from three multinational corporations that it said supply Israel with products th...

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church's Next Move Could Be A Tipping Point In The Israeli Divestment Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

When thousands of leaders of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination meet this week for the church's biennial General Assembly, they'll pore th...