American Jews and their allies ramped up a campaign this week against a British union promoting an academic boycott of Israel aimed at pressuring it to end its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza — even as some British Jews said the union’s drive was going nowhere.
A friend of Charles Coates at the University of Illinois had some interesting news in early 1935.
"Chuck, they're having a track meet in Palestine," Coates' buddy said.
Coates, a sprinter since his elementary school and high school days in New York City, hadn't heard of the second Maccabiah Games. But an all-expenses-paid trip overseas sounded exciting.