Faculty Forum July 2021

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Dear Colleagues:

As I am sure you have observed, following the ceasefire that was announced on May 21st after the latest war between Gaza and Israel more than 100 departments, programs, and faculty groups issued condemnations of Israel. Stereotypically the accusations were focused on “genocide,” “ethnic cleansing,” being a “settler-colonial state,” endorsing the “Palestinian right to return,” and equating Palestinians with African-Americans.

Moreover and equally concerning are the findings of a latest poll conducted by the Jewish Electorate Institute which states that 28% of those polled – and 38% of those under 40 – agreed with the statement that “Israel is an apartheid state”; 23% of those polled and 33% under 40 agreed that “Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians”; and fully one-fifth of American Jews under the age of 40 agreed with the statement that “Israel doesn’t have the right to exist.”

All of the above illustrate how much antisemitism is on the rise all over the world yet the debate about antisemitism continues and in many circles getting a pass for just being “anti-Israel” excusing or belittling the problem will not make it go away.

As always, we would love to hear from you and welcome your feedback and article submissions.


Asaf Romirowsky, PhD

Faculty Forum July 2021

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Asaf Romirowsky

Asaf Romirowsky PhD, is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). Romirowsky is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and a Professor ​[Affiliate] at the University​ of Haifa. Trained as a Middle East historian he holds a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London, UK and has published widely on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict and American foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as on Israeli and Zionist history.

Romirowsky is co-author of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief and a contributor to The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel.

Romirowsky’s publicly-engaged scholarship has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, The American Interest , The New Republic, The Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Ynet and Tablet among other online and print media outlets

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