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Members Of Congress Blast Academic Boycott Of Israel

01/20/2014
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A bipartisan slate of 134 U.S. Congress members wrote a letter to the American Studies Association protesting its decision last month to boycott Israeli universities.

Hillel On The Spot At Swarthmore

Dialogue open with rogue group, but new CEO says guidelines on Israel must be enforced.

12/18/2013
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Facing a growing debate over the boundaries of student discourse on Israel, the president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Campus Jewish Life said he is not concerned about rebellion in the ranks after the small chapter at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania openly scorned the organization’s guidelines.

Swarthmore Hillel’s Joshua Wolfsun and Hillel CEO Eric Fingerhut

Hillel Warns Swarthmore Chapter Over Rejection Of Israel Guidelines

12/11/2013
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Hillel International warned its Swarthmore College chapter that it cannot use the Hillel name if it flouts the international Jewish campus group’s Israel guidelines.

American Studies Leaders Endorse Israel Boycott

12/05/2013
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WASHINGTON — The American Studies Association leadership endorsed a boycott of Israeli universities, but also sought the approval of the body’s 5,000 members.

All Quiet At Brooklyn College’s Most Recent Anti-Israel Talk

But criticism over departmental cosponsorship renews debate over propaganda versus free speech at academic institutions.

11/19/2013
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When activist Ben White spoke at Brooklyn College last week on the topic of “Israel: Apartheid, not Democracy,” there were no evictions, no disruptions, no names mysteriously left off the list of RSVPs. Unlike a similarly controversial event there last year, there won’t be any investigation concluding that student’s rights were violated on the basis of their political views, or reports of an administrator who did nothing in a situation that seemed to suggest an intervention. This time around, the peace held.

Abraham Esses, left, a senior at Brooklyn College, talks to Ben White. Via brooklynsjp.com

Rihana Defies BDS, Plays Tel Aviv

10/23/2013
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Rihanna sang before a crowd of 50,000 in Tel Aviv at Israel’s largest performance venue, Yarkon Park.

Fans paid $100 and up for Tuesday’s show, part of the pop star’s “Diamonds” world tour and her second performance in Israel. She played Israel three years ago.

U.C. Berkeley Opens Jewish Studies Center

The College's new program is launched amid a campus known for its anti-Israel activism.

10/22/2013
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U.C. Berkeley has announced the opening of a new Center for Jewish Studies, JWeekly has reported. The literary scholar Robert Alter is set as the Center's founding director, and the University has allocated $1 million to jumpstart the program.

Ari Lesser Raps About BDS

"We're not perfect but if you think we're the worst, first take a look at the rest of the earth," says rapper Ari Lesser, taking a musical look at countries around the world that have yet to arouse the ire of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions crowd.

 

Biggest Campus Threat Is Jewish Disunity, Not BDS

10/01/2013
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Reports on the status of Israel on campus from two major Jewish Israel advocacy organizations — The David Project and the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise — have documented the relatively marginal influence of anti-Israel groups and their efforts on campuses in the United States. They note that while BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) efforts may continue on some campuses, Israel is not under siege by these efforts on campuses in the United States. Both reports were met with a measure of skepticism, in part because so much communal concern has been invested in combating these marginal groups, and in part because no amount of statistical data can outweigh the impressions made by videos of demonstrations and by singular events that mold North American Jewish public opinion.

Larry Sternberg

Belgian Students Join Academic Boycott Of Israel

05/31/2013
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A Belgian student association passed a motion in favor of an academic boycott of Israel.

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