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'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.


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.

Does Austerity In Education Limit Free Speech? | Posted 02.13.2013 | College

On Feb. 6, Yale student activists hosted a panel laying out the case for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement to pressure Israel into recog...

Not About BDS

Kristofer Petersen-Overton | Posted 04.08.2013 | New York
Kristofer Petersen-Overton

There is something particularly poisonous about the kind of political opportunism on display at Brooklyn College right now. The rapid manufacture of a national controversy in this case reveals, once again, the tenuous state of academic freedom on our campuses.

Alan Dershowitz, Defender of Academic Freedom - Heal Thyself!

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

While trumpeting himself as a defender of academic freedom, Alan Dershowitz's actual record calls that self-approbation into doubt.

An Open Letter to Council Member James

Simon McCormack | Posted 04.06.2013 | New York
Simon McCormack

The action you have taken makes it all but certain I will never vote for you, regardless of your other political positions, many of which I wholeheartedly agree with. Your clear effort to suffocate free speech is despicable and indefensible.

Does Brooklyn College Pass the 'Shoe on the Other Foot' Test?

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 04.03.2013 | New York
Alan Dershowitz

There are only two reasonable approaches to what departments should be entitled to do: either they should sponsor and endorse events on all sides of controversial issues, or they should get out of the business of selectively sponsoring and endorsing only one side of such issues.

Misplaced Outrage Over Christian Leaders' Letter on Israel

Lara Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Lara Friedman

True friends of Israel should recognize that Israel is strongest when it is accountable, rather than on the defensive over policies and actions that it knows look ugly, or even indefensible, under the harsh light of public inspection.

California State Assembly Seeks to Stifle Debate on Israel

Stephen Zunes | Posted 10.30.2012 | College
Stephen Zunes

The California State Assembly has just passed a bipartisan resolution by voice vote which constitutes a serious attack on academic freedom and the rights of students and faculty to raise awareness about human rights abuses by U.S.-backed governments.

An Open Letter to Presbyterian Clergy

Rae Abileah | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Rae Abileah

At the General Assembly we watched Christian clergy and laypeople engaging in dialogue on a very difficult topic -- the Israeli occupation of the West Bank -- with respect, grace and open hearts. It is a true blessing to walk the path of peace with you in solidarity.

Why I Work With Christians To Divest From the Occupation

Rabbi Alissa Wise | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alissa Wise

At first glance, my work as a rabbi may look untraditional. Instead of serving a congregation, I do my rabbinic work by organizing for justice and equality for all the people of Israel and Palestine.

How the Split on the Jewish Left Helps AIPAC and What Can Be Done About It

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Myriam Miedzian

Liberal Jewish organizations agree on many issues, but fundamental disagreements remain.

Jaweed Kaleem

Major Churches Consider Divesting From Select Businesses In Israel | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion

A major body within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Friday to recommend that the church vote to stop investing in three companies "until they h...

Six Questions for Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

Jonathan Guyer | Posted 03.11.2012 | World
Jonathan Guyer

I sat down with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the The Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee and discussed the PLO's strategies for 2012.

What Israeli Democracy?

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 09.17.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

The anti-boycott law passed this week has sparked a storm of controversy both inside Israel and within Jewish communities abroad. The legislation effectively criminalizes Israelis who answer the Palestinian civil society call to join the BDS movement.

Arab Freedom and the ADC Convention

Nadia Hijab | Posted 06.11.2011 | World
Nadia Hijab

A storm rages around the ADC's decision that musician Malek Jandali should not perform his song "I Am My Homeland" at its annual convention. As one of the scheduled speakers at the convention, I have been weighing my participation in the event.

The Washington Delusion

Rebecca Vilkomerson | Posted 07.27.2011 | World
Rebecca Vilkomerson

On the same day of Obama's Mideast speech, the Israeli organization Peace Now reported that construction had begun on 294 new homes in settlements, with the approval of Israel's Defense Ministry.

Three Myths of Israel's Insecurity and Why They Must Be Debunked

Ira Chernus | Posted 06.18.2011 | World
Ira Chernus

U.S. opinion-shapers have created an indelible image of Israel as a deeply insecure nation. That image is a major, if often overlooked, factor that has shaped Washington's policies in the Middle East.

Remarks to JStreet on BDS

Rebecca Vilkomerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rebecca Vilkomerson

One of the strengths of the BDS movement is that it is both loose and broad, all sorts of campaigns and targets fit within it, depending upon local priorities and conditions.

Why Is BDS a Moral Duty Today? A Response to Bernard-Henri Levy

Omar Barghouti | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omar Barghouti

Mr. Levy attempts to smear the movement by presenting a number of misleading premises and reaching, as a result, unwarranted conclusions. What he obscures are the real objectives of the movement.

Inshaallah Twitter

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

While it is still too early to call the protests in Egypt a revolution, Cairo has been under siege for 48 hours. The three-decade long rule of a despot -- and the country's role as an American ally -- is being challenged.

Thanksgiving, Tikkun Olam, And U.S. Jews Breaking The Israel Barrier

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Thanksgiving is itself an act of Tikkun Olam. It celebrates the bridging of fierce differences, the coming together of seeming opposites, the idea that helping people takes precedence over barriers of creed.

Another Israel Divestment Hoax

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

Several times, BDS advocates have clumsily spun purely financial decisions as divestment.

Bribing Israel: Enhancing the Swag

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phyllis Bennis

What does Israel have to give up for the $3 billion worth of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters? A one-time-only 90-day partial settlement moratorium in the West Bank, not including Occupied Arab East Jerusalem.

Punishing Israel, Giving a Free Pass to the U.S.: What's Wrong with the U.S. Student Movement's Priorities?

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Myriam Miedzian

Why has so much of the student left's energy and activity focused on divestment from companies involved in the occupation of the West Bank while ignoring companies involved in our murderous wars?