Isolated diplomatically by its Arab neighbors since its creation in 1948 and shunned economically by some anti-Israel nations and corporations in recent decades, Israel now stands at the precipice of a wide-scale economic boycott.
Fear in Israel that ASA vote is ‘tipping point’ in BDS wars.
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Jerusalem — Israeli university officials say the American Studies Association boycott of Israeli academic institutions is unlikely in the short-term to exacerbate the decade-long “soft” boycott already being felt by many Israeli professors. But they fear that larger, more influential groups will decide to join the boycott bandwagon, with possibly devastating results.
One rabbi turns down a panel discussion, fearing that BDS could have come up, while another is glad to host it.
Jewish Week Correspondent
Promoters of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement have appeared at colleges and universities, churches and other venues throughout the country, but next month may be the first time that some will take the stage at a local synagogue.
When I was a student at Brooklyn College, eons ago, the subjects of free speech and academic freedom were tied into the country’s mortal fear of Communism. One of the most heated issues on campus centered on the firing of Harry Slochower, a well-known professor of German and comparative literature.
Decades ago, while serving on the faculty at Yeshiva University, I publicly voiced my dismay that the late Meir Kahane, a rabbi known for his ugly racism and hatred of Arabs, had been a featured speaker on campus.
The ugly incident at Brooklyn College, where two supporters of the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) were invited to speak on campus last week, was less about freedom of speech, as its defenders claimed, than about the political science department’s sponsorship of a program seeking to delegitimize the State of Israel.
Bold new project is challenging Israel and the diaspora to transform themselves and the world.
Editor And Publisher
A century after the publication of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the anti-Semitic Russian hoax claiming Jews were seeking to take over the world, a small group of Israeli and American Jews — think of them as The Youngers of Zion — has spent the last 18 months formulating what it calls “an audacious plan” to repair the world.
Hundreds of Jewish students will be in attendance at this week's General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans. And these future community leaders are getting real-world training in Jewish activism on campuses across the country.
Inclusion of Jewish Voice for Peace comes amid rising delegitimization fears.
James D. Besser
The Anti-Defamation League’s new list of “The Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups” — which includes a left-of-center Jewish organization that claims to be tapping a growing body of disaffiliated younger Jews — could intensify the debate over exactly what it means to be an enemy of the Jewish state.