Author Archives: Alex Margolin

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BDS Valencia Doubles Down on Matisyahu Hypocrisy

BDS Valencia Doubles Down on Matisyahu Hypocrisy

The BDS campaign against reggae singer Matisyahu vividly demonstrates that what starts with a boycott against Israel will end with a campaign against Jews. But instead of backing down in dignified manner, as the Rototom Sunsplash reggae festival did when it reversed its decision to cancel his performance, the BDS Pais Valencia group dug its

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BDS May Regret Getting Matisyahu Banned from Festival

UPDATE: The Rototom Sunsplash reggae festival has reversed its decision to cancel Matisyahu’s performance. It also apologized to the artist and issued a statement condemning discrimination and anti-Semitism.   If there was ever a case that showed the true face of BDS, the saga of Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu and his ouster from a music festival in

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Farewell and Good Luck, Talia

HonestReporting sadly said goodbye to our social media manager Talia Felix this week. Talia will be missed for her flair with Facebook and Twitter posts, and her initiative opening new channels for promoting HonestReporting’s media alerts, petitions, and educational materials. Talia’s departure, however, is a good opportunity to revisit HR’s social media channels, which have

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Israel Accused of Genocide in Outrageous Cartoon

A political cartoon is one of the most effective tools of communication. People see an image and remember it longer than an article or an essay. Unfortunately, it’s also an extremely effective way of passing misinformation. And that’s the problem with a recent cartoon in Le Monde, France’s paper of record. The cartoon shows an

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HonestReporting CEO: Corrosive Atmosphere on Campus Harming Young Jews

As college campuses across North America become entrenched in battles over Israel led by the BDS movement and other forces of delegitimization, how much hostility is being directed at Jewish students? That’s the question behind a new study released on Tuesday, and the findings are enough to give pause to anyone thinking about the atmosphere

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Frank Luntz Sounds the Alarm on U.S. Support

Members of the Democratic party have been sliding away from Israel for years, but the latest findings by pollster Frank Luntz indicate that bipartisan support for Israel is in grave jeopardy. According to Luntz’s poll, 47% of Democrats believe Israel is a racist country and only 48% believe that Israel wants peace. Only 51% of

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State Department Lashes Out Against Anti-BDS Law

The State Department has sharpened its opposition to Israel’s presence in the West Bank in response to a trade bill signed into law by the White House one day earlier. A part of the new law – known as the anti-BDS provision – requires American negotiators to “discourage politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from

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Cleaning Up a Big Orange Mess

Whether BDS is responsible for the sequence of statements, recriminations, and apologies centered around French telecom company Orange remains disputable. What’s certain, however, is that the matter has given the movement a boost through the reams of publicity Orange has received in recent days. The issue started last week when Orange CEO Stephane Richard declared

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