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Asaf Romirowsky

Asaf Romirowsky

Dr. Asaf Romirowsky is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) and a fellow at the Middle East Forum. 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 The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel.

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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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Anti-Semitism & Charlottesville

Dear Colleagues: The recent events in Charlottesville have clearly raised the ever growing anti-Semitism bar even higher. Charlottesville was an example of how neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan were able to use the statue of Robert E. Lee to…

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The Fight for Zion

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Fifty years after the Six Day War, the American Jewish community is sharply fragmented, with many Jews grappling with where Zionism fits into their Jewish identity. As the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement grows in popularity and…

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The Nature of Quaker Education

Unwittingly, Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, a well-regarded Quaker establishment, has once again come under fire for its ties to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement supported by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). The school operates in accordance…

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What Can Trump Do to Stop the BDS Movement?

In late December, with just weeks left in his administration, former U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a shot in the arm to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, or BDS. Obama instructed the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha…

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BDS is defeated at the MLA

Dear Colleagues: Happy New Year! Over the past few weeks we have witnessed some positive movements and wins regarding BDS. First and most noticeable, was the defeat of the BDS vote at the Modern Language Association (MLA) meeting in Philadelphia ,79 in…

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