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Asaf Romirowsky

Jackson Richman

Asaf Romirowsky PhD, is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). Romirowsky is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and a Professor ​[Affiliate] at the University​ of Haifa. Trained as a Middle East historian he holds a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London, UK and has published widely on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict and American foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as on Israeli and Zionist history. Romirowsky is co-author of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief and a contributor to The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel. Romirowsky’s publicly-engaged scholarship has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, The American Interest , The New Republic, The Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Ynet and Tablet among other online and print media outlets

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The Message of IfNotNow

Dear Colleagues: As we enter the summer months, we have been observing how the hostile environment on campus pertaining to Israel has trickled down into summer programs such as Jewish overnight camps and birthright trips. In particular, the IfNotNow (INN)…

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Help End Biased Title VI Grants

Dear Colleagues: Many of us have long been aware of the problems within Middle East studies centers. Now in an effort to help end the biased Title VI Grants you can become a peer reviewer. Of late, SPME has learned…

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Iran’s Role in the Boycott Israel Campaign

The Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement, better known by the acronym BDS, targeting Israel has largely been viewed as a Palestinian- and Western European-driven campaign with the alleged goal of advancing Palestinian statehood. Yet the Islamic Republic of Iran’s key…

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Moving Jerusalem from Heaven to Earth

Heaven and earth are said to meet on Jerusalem’s sacred esplanade where the city’s most famous resident is called God. But theological principles travel well beyond the splendor of these precincts turning ordinary struggles for power into battles between good…

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How the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is Taught

At the latest annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) we got a firsthand account of how Jewish pro-Israel groups are perceived on campus from MESA members. MESA has already dropped its original designation as a “non-political learned…

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How the Quakers Became Champions of BDS

In a not-so-earth-shattering move, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has appointed a Palestinian-American, Joyce Ajlouny, as its new Secretary General. Ajlouny is a native of Ramallah and formerly the head of the Quaker school there, a “passionate” advocate for Palestinians and…

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