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Holocaust Survivors, Gaza, and My Uncle the Instigator

Peter Himmelman | Posted 07.24.2014 | 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 07.18.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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...

The VRWC, ODS, and Now CDS?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This month seems to be now be marking a turning point, to perhaps what might be called a new and virulent "Clinton Derangement Syndrome." Or, more prosaically, what we're now seeing can be said to be the real start of the 2016 presidential election season.

'Anti-Semitism' vs. Palestinian Solidarity

Cantor Michael Davis | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Cantor Michael Davis

Israel has withdrawn once again from peace talks with the Palestinians. Where, then, are we supposed to put our hopes for a peaceful and just resolution in Israel-Palestine? I have chosen to embrace the Palestinian call for boycott campaigns against Israel.

Financing the Flames -- NIF Parade Fracas Pushes Outraged Jewish Groups to Define Mainstream

Edwin Black | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Edwin Black

The outrage in some American, Jewish, and Israeli circles over the NIF's inclusion in the highly visible parade, formerly known as the Israel Day Parade, may be more than just a passing horn blast.

If We Can Sanction Russia Over Crimea, We Can Sanction Israel Over Palestine

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Regardless of whether one thinks this is a wise or just policy in the case of Russia, this is setting a great political precedent in the United States for considering boycotts, divestment, and sanctions on Israel over its military occupation of Palestine.

Netanyahu Is Mostly Right About BDS -- But BDS Is Not the Issue

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

As one who supports the continued existence of a secure Jewish state, I have no choice but to oppose the BDS movement. So I wasn't offended by anything Netanyahu said about it in his AIPAC speech. What did offend me was Netanyahu's use of BDS as a diversion.

Academic Boycotts and Counterboycotts

David Moshman | Posted 04.30.2014 | College
David Moshman

Many individuals and organizations have strongly opposed academic boycotts of Israel. Some have opposed all academic boycotts. Academic boycotts, they argue, violate the academic freedom of their academic targets. But are academic boycotts always wrong? Consider some recent examples.

Financing Mideast Flames -- Confronting BDS and the New Israel Fund

Edwin Black | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Edwin Black

At a time when boycott, divestment and sanctions is seen as a viable threat to Israel, many are asking where the oxygen for the BDS movement is coming from.

Is it possible to be pro-Israel and pro-Palestine?

Brandon Faske | Posted 04.07.2014 | College
Brandon Faske

Dialogue is the only solution. For Israel, long term viability as a Jewish, democratic state in lieu a two-state solution could be demographically impossible. Two states for two peoples to express self-determination is the way forward.

Sodastream, ScarJo, and the Myth of Benevolent Occupation

Lara Friedman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Lara Friedman

There is no such thing as benevolent occupation. Occupation is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinians, and antithetical to Israel's survival as a democracy and Jewish state.

Boycotting the Boycott: Sanity Prevails

Gail Reiss | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Gail Reiss

College campuses are the natural home of free thought. A boycott not only violates that freedom, it stifles the global dialogue and collaboration that Israeli universities actively engage in.

Paving a Path to Peace and Freedom: In Support of the American Studies Association

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Dr. David J. Leonard

"Repugnant"; "Morally bankrupt"; "Orwellian anti-Semitism"; "politically correct' assault"; "Jihadist professors" ; "Wrong in principle, politically i...

BDS: Biased, Dishonest, Self-Defeating

Rabbi Richard A. Block | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
Rabbi Richard A. Block

Academics are often accused of inhabiting an "ivory tower," blissfully and cluelessly detached from the messy reality of the world. In aligning itself with BDS, biased, dishonest, and self-defeating, the ASA's shameful resolution substantiates that notion.

Boycotting and Cooperating With Israel -- the ASA, EU and China

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The boycott of Israeli universities by the American Studies Association [ASA], just declared this week, is the making of those who are enemies of peace and reconciliation, of those who want to delegitimize one of the parties to the conflict, while claiming to work for a solution of that very conflict.

Israel, Hillel, & Idolatry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.

Iron Like a Lion for Zion: Ari Lesser Sings Truth to Power

Philippe Assouline | Posted 12.24.2013 | Arts
Philippe Assouline

Ari Lesser has made a reggae video that went viral recently. It garnered 100,000 views in one week.

Where The Chips May Fall

Varda Epstein | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Varda Epstein

If Stephen Hawking wishes to join the BDS movement, he must immediately stop using all Israeli-made goods and services, including the chip from his tablet that allows him to communicate his thoughts with the world.

...But You Can't Fool All the People All of the Time: Facts Win Over Caricatures as Divestment Is Rescinded at UC Riverside

Philippe Assouline | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Philippe Assouline

The UC senate voted overwhelmingly to rescind the SJP standard-form-like divestment resolution that it had adopted. The senators committed instead to working on Riverside-specific resolutions that foster dialogue rather than division.

'You Can Fool Some People Sometime': BS Gets BDS a Win at UC Riverside

Philippe Assouline | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Philippe Assouline

The student senate at UC Riverside voted on March 6 to divest from companies doing business in Israel.

#BDSFail!

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Arsen Ostrovsky

If BDS 'activists' are true to their word and want to boycott all things Israeli, then they better become hermits, give up technology and pray to God they never get sick.