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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

12/17/2013 - 19:00 | | Opinion

I grew up Jewish. Simply Jewish.

12/16/2013 - 19:00 | Opinion

Drawing the line on what constitutes an ‘open tent.’

Yitzhak Santis, Special To The Jewish Week

How open should campus Hillels be? This is not a trivial question, and should be treated seriously now that the Swarthmore Hillel student board, in line with a national group called “Open Hillel,” voted to defy Hillel International’s guidelines by opening their doors to anti-Israel speakers and groups.

12/16/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

When the World Economic Forum announced the top trends in the “Outlook on the Global Agenda” for 2014, based on responses from its network of world leaders, widening income disparities was No. 2. Inaction on climate change was No. 5.

12/16/2013 - 19:00 | | Opinion

The American Studies Association has voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions. As an American historian who worked closely with American studies colleagues in graduate school and then for two years while teaching at Harvard’s History and Literature program, I am not surprised by this “politically correct” assault on academic freedom, basic logic, and democratic decency. Nevertheless, I feel betrayed. I will now boycott the ASA. I will not sit on a panel, review a manuscript, or deal professionally with any ASA member — to broadcast my contempt for this decision and demonstrate the deleterious effect of academics boycotting one another: one bad boycott provokes others.

12/16/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) decision to drop the longstanding “working definition of anti-Semitism” from its website has drawn considerable attention. Was this an honest error or a malicious act? To understand the controversy we must review the origin and use of this definition, see link:

12/16/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In 2007, I co-led a service trip to Louisiana with NYU’s Imam Khalid Latif for 30 campus student leaders, 15 Jewish and 15 Muslim. It was one of the first such missions in the U.S. Our theory in bringing people together whose views ranged from pro-Hezbollah to pro-settlement was that the best place to start in building a relationship is shared values, community service, and understanding each other’s religion.