Israeli Filmmaker Uninvited from Film Festival

Anticipating backlash from BDS supporters, the university withdrew its invitation to Shimon Dotan to screen his documentary on settlers in Israel.

09/20/2016 - 16:28
Editorial Intern

Award winning Israeli filmmaker, Shimon Dotan, was recently uninvited to present his newly released documentary “The Settlers” at Syracuse University’s ‘The Place of Religion’ film festival after faculty became worried of a backlash from BDS supporters, reported The Atlantic.

The Settlers documentary poster. Screenshot/IMDB

Thank You NY City Council For Standing Up To BDS

09/15/2016 - 11:41
Special To The Jewish Week


Even here in New York, where so many Jews make their home and are politically active, it takes a fair share of courage these days for politicians to take a bold, principled stand on matters relating to Israel. Criticizing Israel has become a blood sport on college campuses, and often in political circles as well. Nowhere is this more evident than with the BDS movement– the move to bring Israel to her knees via economic boycott and divestment and sanctions in international arenas and organizations


After Months Of Mulling, Stephen Levin Chooses Sides On NYC Anti-BDS Bill

Progressive Councilman opens up about why he — like so many — are conflicted over BDS, and what factor tipped the balance.

09/14/2016 - 14:13
Editorial Intern

New York City Councilman Stephen Levin has become the 14th and final member of New York City Council's Jewish caucus to cosponsor a motion condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

The full text of Councillor Levin's statement explaining his decision, is published below:


September 14, 2016

Statement from Council Member Stephen Levin:

Stephen Levin asking a question at last week's public hearing on the BDS bill. Screenshot/NYC Council.

City’s Progressive Pols Walking The BDS Tightrope

On eve of vote on Israel boycott measure, liberal council members taking heat from both sides.

09/13/2016 - 22:52
Deputy Managing Editor

On the eve of the City Council’s vote on a resolution condemning BDS, pro-Israel council members were on pins and needles, not about whether or not the bill would pass — 34 out of the body’s 51 members have signed-on as cosponsors — but about what the nine still-uncommitted members of the council’s progressive caucus would do.

BDS supporters use twinkle fingers to show support, before the chaos began. RENEE HARARI/JW

Ibiza Advocates for BDS Movement Against Israel

Municipality within the island party-destination calls for space “free of Israeli apartheid.”

08/10/2016 - 16:06
Editorial Intern

Ibiza, the Mediterranean nightlife capital off the coast of Spain, assumes an admonitory tone regarding Israel through the mouthpiece of a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign endorsement on the island.

Tourists enjoy the sunset on an Ibiza beach. Jaime Reina/Getty Images.

Threading The Needle On Black Lives Matter

Jewish groups slam Israel language in platform but generally don’t break with movement.

08/09/2016 - 21:39

Last month, in the wake of the murders of five police officers in Dallas at a Black Lives Matter rally, Jewish groups sought to strike a delicate balance between support for law enforcement and for the goals of a movement that has shined a light on police brutality and mass incarceration.

A Black Lives Matter rally in New York.  Getty Images

`You Are Promoting A Message Of Hatred’

08/05/2016 - 12:10

To the members of the Black Lives Matter Movement:

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Black Lives Matter Platform Says Israel An ‘Apartheid State’ Committing ‘Genocide’

08/04/2016 - 13:57

The wide-ranging new platform of a coalition growing out of the Black Lives Matter movement includes harsh criticism of Israel, which it describes as an “apartheid state” that, it claims, perpetrates “genocide” against the Palestinian people.

Black Lives Matter protestors at City Hall Park in New York City, Aug. 1, 2016. JTA

Coffee Shop Singer Covers Matisyahu and Gets Unexpected Duet

The reggae star, who was in Hawaii for a gig, sang along to the cover of his 2008 hit "One Day"

08/03/2016 - 12:34
Editorial Intern

Kekoa Alama was performing a small gig in a Maui coffee shop, performing the gold-certified single by Matisyahu, “One Day,” when a bystander began singing along with him. At the end of the song, Alama approached the tall, blond-haired man and congratulated him, saying “you have a beautiful voice, man.” Only then did the man reveal himself to be Matthew Paul Miller, better known as Matisyahu, the original writer and singer of the track.

Matisyahu with Kekoa Alama after the song. Screenshot.

Israel’s Choice Is Not Between Occupation and Peace

07/15/2016 - 12:49
Special To The Jewish Week

Reports from the recent Herzliya Conference have sparked renewed debate over whether the pro-Israel community should partner with J Street in the fight against BDS on America’s campuses. Those who support this partnership highlight Israel’s collapsing popularity among young progressives and argue that only J Street can provide the left-wing connections and credibility needed to compete for this cohort.

David Brog
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