SPME in the Media

New faculty group at U.C. Davis steps up for Israel

Students aren’t the only ones opposing anti-Israel activity at U.C. Davis. Approximately three dozen university professors have banded together to fight what they consider unfair treatment of Israel on campus. Davis Faculty for Israel is a newly formed organization that…

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First-of-its-kind conference on BDS showcases diverse pro-Israel strategies

I was privileged to attend and participate in a recent conference organized by StandWithUs in Los Angeles, entitled “Combating the Boycott Movement Against Israel (BDS)—Understanding the BDS Movement’s Strategies and Tactics.” What was unique about this first-of-its-kind conference was how…

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Los Angeles Conference Confronts BDS Financing and Tactics

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement is said to have ignited in earnest in 2005. It was propelled by significant funding from the Ford Foundation, which poured millions of dollars into anti-Israel NGOs working in Durban, and later…

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New book probes the growing impact of BDS on academia

BOSTON — As more student governments take up votes to divest from Israel, the BDS movement’s roots in American academia are probed in a newly published essay compilation, “The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel.” The 32-essay collection takes particular aim…

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How to fight the academic boycott more effectively

How can the academic boycott of Israel be fought more effectively? This question becomes increasingly relevant as anti-Israeli forces, whether on various campuses or within professional associations, push for actions against Israel. The anti-Israeli boycott campaign among academics started in…

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Outrage over top German politician comparing Hamas to Israel

BERLIN – The Social Democratic Party of Germany has stepped up the rhetoric against Israel. Rainer Arnold, a defense expert and deputy for the SPD, told the SPD party newspaper Forward in September that “radical forces in both camps” –…

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Pro-Israel Groups Question Federal Funds for Middle East Centers

A coalition of Israel advocacy organizations concerned by what they describe as the prevalence of anti-Israel programming at federally-funded Middle East studies centers are lobbying for changes in the Title VI program that would 1) “[r]equire recipients of Title VI…

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