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Michael Starr

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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Rutgers professor to Jews: Better dead than Zionist

Asked during a Dec. 13 webinar whether “anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism,” Noura Erakat – no stranger to antisemitism herself—proclaimed the proper reaction to Nazism is not Zionism, but “a class-based response that sought to create class-based solidarity in order to overcome nationalism.” Her unsolicited advice…

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IOC: Countries banning Israel can’t hold competitions

International sports federations must make sure all countries can compete in their tournaments, the International Olympic Committee emphasized, following the cancellation of the World Team Squash Championship in Malaysia due to Israel’s ban. “We urge all [international federations] to be extremely vigilant…

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BDS Monitor Live – Dec 21, 2021

The fall 2021 semester ends with pushback against the IHRA antisemitism definition growing on campus, the promotion of a BDS resolution by the Middle East studies Association, and evidence that university ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ personnel are strongly biased against…

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