BDS used by American Muslim organization in bid for publicity, community leadership. Pushback from pro-peace advocates blunts campus impacts. European regulations cut Israeli imports from West Bank

Introduction BDS in September built on the summer’s conflict in Gaza, with a variety of efforts to condemn and isolate Israel in academia. European economic threats against Israel in order to force Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have also intensified after the…

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BDS? Beneath the Dignity of Scholars

With the start of the academic year just around the corner, it is time for us to prepare ourselves for the Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) controversy that has hit many campuses and academic bodies. In 2005, the BDS movement…

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Philosophers For Hamas!

The Haaretz headline says it all: ‘Well-known Italian Philosopher: “I’d like to shoot those Zionist bastards”’. Gianni Vattimo is Italy’s ‘most famous philosopher’ according toHaaretz’s reporter in Milan, Anna Momigliano. And now the world knows he is also a bigot and a…

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Israel’s Morally Impossible Self-Defense

Seeming to give credence to Orwell’s observation that “Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence,” the world’s attention has turned once again to the…

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Rampant Anti-Semitism Is Flourishing across the World

Sitting in my office almost forty floors above ground level in midtown Manhattan last week, I was astounded to be drawn away from my work by chants of “Free free Palestine” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will…

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BDS, MLA, and One Rockin’ Shavuot Night

The Rolling Stones’ first concert in Israel began as the holiday of Shavuot ended, and quite fittingly, too. When better for rock-n-roll royals to journey to the Holy Land than during one of Judaism’s three festivals of pilgrimage? Moreover, when…

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