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Jewish Law Day Analyzed BDS Within Legal Scope

Eugene Kontorovich prefers to not call the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel a movement at all. “It’s called the BDS movement for a reason: to make it sound like there’s a movement behind it,” he said, “like…

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Jewish students need defense training against BDS movement

In 1966, while attending the University of Illinois, Chicago campus, I came across an opportunity to register for the course in “Black-American History” under the direction of Professor Arna Bontemps, a highly respected black poet. For the first time in…

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The Middle East Studies Establishment Goes Full Warrior

It’s only to be expected. My colleagues and I at the Middle East Forum have for over two decadescriticized the decline of Middle East studies; so now, its syndicate, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), has for the first time…

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Anti-Israel blacklisters complain they are unfairly being blacklisted

A war has been declared on Israel on campus by faculty and students supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The rallying cry is to blacklist those acting on behalf of Israeli academic institutions or participating in “normalization” events, such…

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Academic Boycotts and Professional Responsibility

I was invited to speak on this panel, having been reassured that it would be devoted to academic boycotts in general, but I cannot say that I was surprised to discover that half of the titles here advocate one and…

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Outsized Outrage: American Anthropologists and the Gifts of BDS

In 1947, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) presented its Statement on Human Rights to the United Nations, a document widely viewed as an embarrassment over the nearly seven succeeding decades.[1] AAA members should consider this history when they vote, beginning…

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