The 2021 spring semester is concluding with BDS as a full blown political issue not only on campuses but in US state and local elections. At the same time concerted efforts to push back against the IHRA antisemitism definition that includes mention of Israel. Some faculty and students forcefully reject IHRA while alternatives from Jewish intellectuals attempt to legitimize sometimes extreme criticism of Israel. SPME’s Live Briefing Series covers recent BDS developments and gives listeners the opportunity to ask questions to SPME staff.
BDS Monitor Live Speaker: Alex Joffe
Dr. Alex Joffe is editor of SPME’s monthly BDS Monitor. He is an archaeologist and historian specializing in the Middle East and contemporary international affairs. Educated at Cornell University and the University of Arizona, he is also a Shillman-Ingerman fellow of the Middle East Forum. Among other topics he has written extensively on the BDS movement and contemporary antisemitism.