South Africa And Israel: Some Positive Signs

03/30/2016 - 13:56

The month of March is not an easy one for pro-Israel activists around the U.S. and the world. It is usually marked with a variety of anti-Israel events on campuses, as activists and members of the BDS boycott movement against Israel take to the stage to paint the complex shades of the Middle East and Israel with a one-colored brush, mainly blaming the State of Israel for all of the region’s malaise. This movement, opposed to the very existence of a Jewish state and to the mere idea of a peaceful co-existence between Israel and the Palestinians, makes heavy use of the South African experience and narrative in order to smear Israel’s reputation by employing simplistic portrayal of the current situation.

Shahar Azani

Progressing Backwards: Tough Times For Israel On Campus

04/29/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I have a good friend, a professional in the financial world and a mensch: soft spoken, kind and a scholar. Beyond being a true expert in his field, he has a passion for world affairs in general and the State of Israel in particular. Therefore, he spends a lot of his free time studying the nuances and complexities of the region (yes, it's not all black and white, despite what you may have heard) and enjoys sharing his views with peers, community members and even government officials at times.

Shahar Azani

Keeping An Eye On PA Hate Messaging

12/15/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Itamar Marcus is director of Palestinian Media Watch, a nonprofit that examines Palestinian ideology and policy. He founded it in 1996, and three years later the Israeli government appointed him its representative in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on incitement. Born in New York and now a resident of Efrat on the West Bank, he was interviewed here while on a speaking tour for the pro-Israel group StandWithUs. This is an edited transcript.

Itamar Marcus: Monitoring the Palestinian media indicates what will happen on the Palestinian “street.”

Toronto Transit: Yes On Pro-Israel Ads, No On Anti-Israel

10/21/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Toronto Transit System on Monday rejected four advertisements, sponsored by the Montreal-based Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East and depicting Palestinians’ “loss of land” at the hands of Israel, as “inaccurate and misleading,” according to JTA.

Super Bowl Ad For West Bank Manufacturer Spurs Boycott Calls

01/31/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

SodaStream, an Israeli maker of devices that carbonate beverages with a manufacturing plant in the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, plans to run a TV commercial during Sunday’s Super Bowl, prompting calls for a boycott of the product by the Interfaith Boycott Coalition.

SodaStream has a factory in the West Bank. Fotolia

Westchester Billboard Battle, Round Two

Israel advocacy group hits back with MetroNorth campaign after ‘biased’ pro-Palestinian ads.
08/06/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The billboards that line the Metro-North commuter railroad routes between New York City and Connecticut are again a battleground in the Middle East public relations war.

For the second time in two months, ads on the billboards are focusing on the respective positions of Israelis and the Palestinians.

This time it’s the Israelis’ turn.

The pro-Palestinian billboard, above, along Metro-North routes, spurred pro-Israel billboards, middle and top, sponsored by the

Israel Advocacy on Campus Gets New App

In response to a changing attitude toward Israel on college campuses, the Israel advocacy group StandWithUs lauched in 2001. Its goal was to serve as an informational guerrilla unit of sorts and work with established campus organizations like Hillel to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel propaganda. With calls for universities to divest from Israeli companies still occurring on campuses across North America, StandWithUs has found itself growing in recent years and working harder to reach more college students.

StandWithUs releases new mobile app as it continues to educate about Israel on college campuses
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