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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 Monitor – Special Edition

Introduction A potentially important BDS development this month is the appearance of an issue of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Journal of Academic Freedom dedicated to boycott of Israel. This report presents background and analysis regarding this development.…

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SPME BDS Monitor Report, Vol. 3

BDS and Israel generally were overshadowed in September by the rapidly changing Syrian problem. A number of incidents demonstrate how Israel remains the primary focus for BDS activists and selected politicians even as a weapons of mass destruction tragedy unfolds.…

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SPME BDS Monitor Report, Vol. 2

There were a variety of BDS related developments in August, the most significant of which demonstrated the political impact, real, imagined and threatened, of BDS. Other events again demonstrated the mendacious and threatening tactics used by BDS supporters Reports indicate…

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SPME BDS Monitor Report, Vol. 1

Introduction The BDS movement is a complex and constantly changing phenomenon. This monthly newsletter is intended to highlight salient developments in BDS activities and thinking. It provides a series of links to BDS activities, links to publications from the BDS…

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BDS and the Jewish Studies Trap

The recent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) event at Brooklyn College featuring professional Palestinian Omar Barghouti and celebrity anti-Israel academic Judith Butler was true to form. A dual purpose was served. For one, students and staff were treated to calls…

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A Potential Game Changer In Hamas’s Attack Methods

As Operation Pillar of Defense continues to escalate we have now witnessed a potential game-changer in Hamas’s methods. After years of pounding southern Israel, for the first time, Hamas rockets are now aimed at Jerusalem and its surrounding neighborhoods. This begs the…

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Neologism and Nationalism

There has never been agreement about Zionism.  Not only is the idea of Jewish nationalism controversial, the very word “Zionism” arouses unique passions, as a recent controversy highlights.  It was recently reported that the Jewish Federation of North America had dropped the…

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The Rhetoric of Nonsense

For nearly two decades the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been denying Israel’s right to exist, and a recent “Nakba Day” was no exception. In a Gaza speech on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas, his personal representative made the following statement: National reconciliation [between…

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