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Alex Joffe

Alex Joffe

Editor SPME / BDS Monitor

Alexander H. Joffe is an archaeologist and historian specializing in the Middle East and contemporary international affairs. He received a B.A. in History from Cornell University in 1981 and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona in 1991. From 1980 to 2003 he participated in and directed archaeological research in Israel, Jordan, Greece and the United States. Joffe taught at the Pennsylvania State University and Purchase College, and has been Director of Research for Global Policy Exchange, Ltd., and The David Project, Center for Jewish Leadership.

Joffe's work is uniquely broad. Since 1991 he has published dozens of studies on the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and is a leading figure in contentious debates over the relationship between archaeology and politics in the Middle East. He has also authored numerous works on contemporary issues, including Middle Eastern environmental security threats from pollution and weapons of mass destruction. His work on the problem of dismantling intelligence agencies is widely cited by experts and democratic reformers alike.

In the past decade Joffe has written and spoken on topics as varied as the future of American Jews, the Palestinian refugee problem, and nationalism. During that time as well he has been deeply involved with combating the problems of campus antisemitism, the ‘boycott, divestment and sanctions' movement against Israel, and in educating Jews and others about threats to Israel and the West. His current projects include a biography of a British World War II general and several novels. He and his family reside near New York City.

All stories by: Alex Joffe

BDS motions approved by underhanded student governments during Passover. Intersectional promotion of BDS continues as campus violence and anti-free speech protests expand.

BDS on campus suffered setbacks in April but succeeded when Jews were effectively excluded from debates by the Passover holidays. The passage of BDS resolutions during Passover demonstrates the movement’s underhandedness and antisemitism, while the growing anti-free speech movement threatens…

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Overt antisemitism increases on US campuses as BDS converges with anti-Trump protests. New British antisemitism guidelines shut down ‘apartheid week’ events and local council boycotts.

February was marked by antisemitic incidents both on and off campuses, originating from both the far right and the BDS supporting far left. Neo-Nazi and Islamist antisemitism was evident and BDS hijacking of other movements continued, but new British antisemitism…

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Trump administration confirms opposition to BDS as ‘Woman’s March’ showcases intersection alliance between feminists and Islamist leaders of BDS as academic associations reject BDS.

January saw the new Trump administration articulate strong opposition to BDS. Subsequent protests against the administration and its new temporary immigration restrictions saw the ‘intersectional’ alliance of mainstream movements with BDS advocates and Islamists. Support for, and opposition to, BDS…

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Year ends with BDS faltering on campus, prompting more radical anti-normalization and intersectionality. Obama administration abstains from UN ‘anti-settlement’ resolution giving boost to BDS.

The calendar year 2016 was a bad one for BDS, with setbacks at universities and the state level. But the Obama Administration’s unexpected decision to abstain from a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli ‘settlements’ has the potential to…

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British BDS protesters turns violent as US universities increase direct training for BLM and BDS movements. Leaked emails show Clinton was advised not to mention Israel publicly but organized against BDS privately.

The first violent BDS protest of the fall semester has now occurred, as Midwestern colleges and universities begin offering direct support to campus activists, including the BLM and BDS movements, through training programs. The growing trend to regard Palestinians as…

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BDS, Political Religion, and the Crisis of the Global Left

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The BDS movement against Israel is a microcosm of the global Left. Both are political religions that sanctify secular entities and demonize their opponents, weaponizing liberal principles in order to create retributive “justice.” The BDS movement fuses Muslim…

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Academic year begins with BDS mainstreaming in courses and Capitol Hill, stealth BDS by faculty, disruptions of campus pro-peace events, and usurping Native American causes. But BDS failures show value of vigilance and speaking out.

The 2016 academic year began with BDS activities moving into new areas on campus, Capitol Hill, and the progressive movement, spreading rejection of Israel in both intellectual and academic terms. The conclusion that BDS itself is a ‘settler colonial’ movement…

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