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Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks, author of Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Cambridge University Press, 2005), is professor of politics at Ursinus College. He has written on higher education for Jewish Ideas Daily, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Academics Vote for Embarrassment

In a move that will surprise no one, the American Anthropological Association voted at its annual meeting overwhelmingly, 1040-36, to endorse the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement and to boycott Israeli colleges and universities. The resolution must be voted on by…

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The Snowballing of the BDS Movement

Defenders of the BDS movement often claim, in spite of evidence to the contrary, that it is narrowly targeted. The cultural boycott of Israel, for example, supposedly targets only events or artists commissioned or funded by Israel. But just as…

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BDS Rejected by Episcopal and Mennonite Churches

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has a history of claiming victories prematurely, and Jewish Voice for Peace activist Seth Morrison has supplied us with an amusing example of the phenomenon. Morrison just penned a piece entitled “Does Church Vote Signal…

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Time for Lawyers to Take a Stand Against BDS

​When a United Nations Commission singles out Israel and Israel alone for violating the rights of women, it barely registers. The U.N., when it comes to Israel, has long been a joke. When the American Studies Association singled out Israel…

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Open Hillel: Two Can Play the Shame Game

Last December I wrote about Open Hillel, a movement founded in 2012 to oppose Hillel’s Standards of Partnership. Hillel International is the most prominent campus Jewish organization, with over 500 college and university affiliates. Their standards for sponsoring speakers or…

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An Open Letter to Samuel Fleischacker

  Dear Professor Fleischacker: I read with great interest and sadness your statement on the election results in Israel: “It breaks my heart to say this, but today I don’t feel I can call myself a Zionist any longer.” Your…

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The Controversy over Hillel at Swarthmore

Hillel is an unrivaled center of Jewish life on college campuses. Swarthmore College students decided this week to give up the Hillel name, and thereby break from the organization, because they thought it absolutely critical that its chapter host speakers…

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