BDS

New Directions In Assault On Israel’s Legitimacy

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

There is an old saying that generals prepare to fight the last war. Those of us engaged in defense against the assault on Israel’s legitimacy cannot afford to fall into this trap. We must accurately assess the evolving strategies and tactics employed by anti-Israel activists who seek to portray the Jewish state as a rogue nation, the 21st-century equivalent of apartheid South Africa, often urging the use of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) as punishment for Israel’s misdeeds. 

Martin Raffel

‘Voices’ Divided Over Israel

Blocks away from a food co-op’s BDS battles, a quirky, progressive and not exactly pro-Israel shul grows in Brooklyn.

04/17/2012
Staff Writer

Just a few weeks ago, the Park Slope Food Co-op became ground zero of the global movement to boycott Israel. A whirl of pamphlets, “The Daily Show” cameras and citizen journalists descended upon the Brooklyn neighborhood’s chic streets for a few days, and most of the area’s synagogues were swept into the melée.

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann.

U2's Bono On Surprise Trip To Israel

04/10/2012

 

U2 lead singer Bono is on a personal visit to Israel.

The Irish singer, whose given name is Paul David Hewson, was seen at a restaurant and bar in Jaffa port with friends, surrounded by tight security.

U2 last performed in Israel in 1997; Bono reportedly does not have any current plans to perform in Israel.

Brooklyn Food Co-op Rejects Israel Boycott

03/28/2012

A well-known cooperative grocery store in Brooklyn voted to reject a boycott of Israeli goods. At a special meeting Tuesday night, members of the Park Slope Food Coop rejected by a vote of 1,005 to 653 a proposal to hold a mail ballot referendum for all members on whether to stop selling Israeli goods. The meeting was held at an area high school to accommodate the expected crowd – which ended up exceeding in size any previous co-op meeting, The New York Times reported.

Vilification Has No Place In Debates On Israel

03/27/2012
Special To the Jewish Week

When our Brooklyn synagogue recently hosted two former State Department veterans, Elliot Abrams and Robert Malley, a few congregants and even a local merchant objected to our having invited Mr. Abrams, a known “war criminal.”  

Similarly, when our synagogue hosted Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian academic, others claimed our pulpit now had “Jewish blood on its hands.”  Another congregant asked, “How can you invite Malley?  He and the president hate Jews.”

Rabbi Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.

Norman Finkelstein: From Hezbollah To ‘Zionist Bully’?

02/21/2012
Staff Writer

Norman Finkelstein, the son of Holocaust survivors whose anti-Israel statements and actions got him barred from the country until 2018 for suspected ties to Hezbollah terrorists, has now become the darling of pro-Israel bloggers — sort of — and a traitor to Palestinian supporters.

The Brooklyn political science professor stunned supporters Feb. 9 when in a taped interview at the Imperial College London he derided the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for concealing the fact that it is out to destroy Israel.

Norman Finkelstein, a longtime object of criticism in the Jewish community, is earning praise for his recent comments on the BDS

BDS Goes To Church

To counter Israel divestment, JCPA organizes Presbyterian outreach.

02/14/2012
Staff Writer

The public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community announced this week that it is intensifying a national “organizing” effort against a resolution, likely to be on the agenda of the Presbyterian Church’s national convention this summer, calling for divestment from three U.S. firms that do business with Israel.

Philadelphia Jewish Exponent Blasts BDS Group For Barring Reporter

02/05/2012

Philadelphia’s Jewish newspaper is in a flap with organizers of a boycott, divestment and sanctions conference over the disinvitation of one of its reporters from the event.

Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent published an article on its website Friday reporting that organizers of the National BDS Conference had barred the paper from covering the Feb. 3-5 conference at the University of Pennsylvania -- a charge that a conference organizer denied.

Protestors Rebuffed in Call For TIA-CREF Anti-Settlements Boycott

07/20/2011
Staff Writer

Officials of TIAA-CREF, which manages pension funds for teachers and other non-profit employees, rejected demands from activists Tuesday that they no longer invest in companies that profit from the Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank.

At its annual shareholders’ meeting in Charlotte, N.C., CEO Roger Ferguson said the company had considered the request of the activists, which included some shareholders, and did not believe it would achieve the protestors’ goal.

Film Reviews: "Between Two Worlds" and "Love Etc."

Two documentaries attempt to address complex issues through the experiences of a few, with mixed results.

06/29/2011
Jewish Week Film Critic

If you questioned everyone on the No. 4 bus in Manhattan, you might find enough common threads in their stories to draw some larger conclusion about the lives of New Yorkers, their hopes, dreams, loves, hates and so on. At the very least, you might learn something about mass transit. There is a certain hybrid type of documentary that combines several different storylines in almost that fashion, trying to find some deeper truth reflected in the experiences of the multiple protagonists.

A scene from "Between Two Worlds."
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