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Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) is not-for-profit [501 (C) (3)], grass-roots community of scholars who have united to promote honest, fact-based, and civil discourse, especially in regard to Middle East issues. We believe that ethnic, national, and religious hatreds, including anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, have no place in our institutions, disciplines, and communities. We employ academic means to address these issues.

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The future of US-Lebanese relations

David Schenker is the Taube Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Program on Arab Politics. Confirmed by the Senate on June 5, 2019, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs through January…

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Antisemitic Rhetoric in Urdu on YouTube: An Analysis

This webinar was held November 22, 2022 and led by Dr. Navras J. Aafreedi. He discussed his contribution on “Antisemitic Rhetoric in Urdu on YouTube” from the recently published “Antisemitism on Social Media” (London: Routledge, 2022). For his work on this chapter, Dr.…

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Middle East Studies Centers Captured by Activists

 This webinar was held October 20, 2022 and led by Neetu Arnold, Senior Research Associate at the National Association of Scholars (NAS). Middle East Studies Centers (MESC) have strayed from their mission to objectively study the Middle East and Islam, a new…

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BDS Monitor Live – Dec 13, 2022

The fall semester ends with BDS and antisemitism roiling campus and national politics. From celebrities like Kanye West and Kyrie Irving, the continuing scandals regarding the exclusion of Jewish speakers by the UC Berkeley Law School student government, to the…

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Alexa: what can be expected from Israeli Elections?

An assessment of the factors triggering this fifth round of voting in the past three and a half years. Donna Robinson Divine is the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Government, Emerita at Smith College where she…

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BDS Monitor Live – Sep 13, 2022

The fall semester begins with BDS at the center of campus and national politics. BDS supporting candidates had mixed results in primaries but key figures were successful and will likely be reelected in November. On campus a series of lawsuits…

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