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Shylock and Ponzi Schemers

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

For many, the name, Shylock, conjures all the vicious lies, caricatures and tropes of Jews that pervaded Europe for centuries. It reminds Jews like me that there are hatemongers out there who truly believe that we Jews control international finance.

End the 'Jew Tax'

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 08.21.2014 | World
Michael L. Millenson

My family and many others pay what I've dubbed the "Jew Tax;" that is, the portion of our suburban Chicago synagogue dues that goes for surveillance cameras, alarms and a security guard on duty during services and when kids are in Hebrew school.

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.

No Talks and No Falling Sky

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Secretary Kerry, Israeli Ministers and many others, well-wishers as well as fear-mongers, warned that if the Israeli-Palestinian talks failed, there is no telling to what may happen.

The BDS Movement Is About Dismantling Israel, Not The '67 Occupation

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

The BDS movement is designed to turn the clock back to the time before Israel was created. That will not happen. The solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is two states for two peoples.

BDS: Non-Violent Resistance to Israeli Occupation

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Unless and until Israel ends its brutal occupation of Palestinian lands, grants full equality to all its people -- including Palestinians -- and recognizes the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their land, the non-violent BDS movement will continue to grow and cripple the Israeli economy.

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.

Why I Oppose the 'Boycott Israel' Movement

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Who are we to support punishing all Israelis for the crimes of their government when we ourselves are equally complicit in the crimes of ours?

What Targeting SodaStream Reveals About the BDS Movement

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

The pillorying of this company by BDS activists only reveals the absurdity of their blind campaign, and their misguided refusal to engage in constructive dialogue regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and, at their core, rejection of Israel's Jewish existence and the two-state solution.

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.

Hijacking American Academia

Walter Reich | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
Walter Reich

An American academic organization is poised to begin sweeping a respected segment of American academia into the dustbin of intellectual and moral irrelevancy.

Academic Israeli Boycott: Perspectives From Two Generations in Higher Education

Dr. Devorah Lieberman | Posted 03.01.2014 | College
Dr. Devorah Lieberman

That some of my fellow academics have chosen to take a stand against the very intellectual exchange that we are committed to by definition as academics, I find hard to understand. It is contradictory to our scholarly code of conduct.

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.

Swarthmore College and the Need for Jewish Unity

Aryeh Younger | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Aryeh Younger

Freedom of speech, however, is an essential belief to most Americans, Jewish or not. The very thought of political censorship is enough to turn certain people away from Hillel -- and perhaps even from religion entirely.

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.

An Open Letter to Roger Waters

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Entertainment
Abraham H. Foxman

If you wanted to sincerely address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you could express your support for a two-state solution, and encourage your fellow musicians to embrace the notion of Israel living in peace and security with a Palestinian state.

Preventing Artists from Performing in Israel Prevents Peace

Geri Palast | Posted 09.30.2013 | World
Geri Palast

What kind of peace can be born from inflaming hostilities? In process and in outcome, BDS is no way to pursue a peaceful resolution.

Guess Who's Valedictorian at Israel's Top Medical School?

Diana Bletter | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Diana Bletter

Ali-Selah's academic excellence not only marks her own personal achievement but also proves that an academic boycott of Israel is the wrong approach to solving the Israel-Arab conflict.

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.

Where Is the Feminist Outrage Over Discrimination in Gaza?

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Mitch Wolfe

Why are feminists so angry and hostile to Israel that they cannot rationally bring themselves to criticize Palestinian men who mistreat women? Don't Palestinian women deserve concern and empathy?

#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.

Let's Protest the Real Apartheid State

Mitchell G. Bard | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Mitchell G. Bard

If students were really serious about human rights violators in the Middle East, they'd be holding Saudi Apartheid weeks or Abuse of Arab Women Awareness weeks rather than bashing Israel.

Harvard And The Israel Debate

Aryeh Younger | Posted 04.10.2013 | Religion
Aryeh Younger

When it comes to the topic of Israel, some hawkish members of the secular Jewish community appear to follow in the antediluvian footsteps of the shtetl. That anyone in our broader Jewish community is shunned for holding a nonviolent opinion is a travesty.

Bloomberg Blasts City Council Members Over Controversial BDS Event

The Huffington Post | William McGuinness | Posted 02.06.2013 | New York

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted City Council members who threatened Brooklyn College's funding over a controversial panel the college in...