Author Archives: Alex Margolin

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Daily Beast Points Fingers at Israel

Just three days after Palestinian terrorists carried out the synagogue massacre in Har Nof, the Daily Beast published a story about…Jewish incitement in Hebron. The title of the piece – Inside Hebron, Israel’s Heart of Darkness  - reveals its true agenda. It is Israel and its citizens whose heart is dark, even when Palestinians are

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Why We Are Not in a Cycle of Violence

An emerging narrative about the current outbreak of Palestinian violence – which now includes a massacre of Jewish worshipers in a Jerusalem synagogue – is that it’s all part of a “cycle of violence.” “A new cycle of violence has started, with no prospect of an end in the foreseeable future,” proclaims The Independent in

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BDS “Successes” Now Liabilities

The BDS movement appeared to be on the ascent at the start of 2014 with a pair of campaigns poised to push the movement into the mainstream. It started with the American Studies Association (ASA) announcing an academic boycott against Israel in late 2013. Within a month, the BDS was in the news again for

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Will the BDS End Campaign Against SodaStream? Don’t Bet on It

Even though SodaStream’s decision to close its controversial West Bank factory appears to be motivated primarily by financial considerations, not pressure from the BDS, it’s hard to discount the BDS campaign entirely. SodaStream has been one of the most visible BDS targets during the past year, especially after the company tapped one of Hollywood’s hottest

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Gary Kenzer Brings Media Lessons to All Ages in October

It was a busy month for HR’s North American Executive Director Gary Kenzer, who traveled through three states to train Israel’s supporters in media literacy and advocacy, and to give an in-depth analysis of media coverage of the recent Gaza war. Gary’s first speaking engagement, during the holiday of Succoth, took place at the Northwest

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In BDS, B is For Blacklist, Not Boycott

The BDS movement’s boycott against Israel is, for all practical purposes, a blacklist designed to remove Israel from the world stage. It’s well documented that the movement is primarily a tool for spreading anti-Israel propaganda. It’s time to use language about the movement that reflects its true nature. The calls for boycott of Israel economically, culturally,

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BDS Buster of the Week: Eugene Kontorovich of the Volokh Conspiracy

The biggest BDS fail this week was undoubtedly the desperate, inconsistent, and ultimately self-defeating series of statements and clarifications from the American Studies Association (ASA) to accusations that its academic boycott against Israel is a form of discrimination. The group is preparing for its annual conference in November, and its policy towards Israeli scholars seeking

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ASA: Bibi Welcome at Conference, Just Not as PM

Is there a difference between academics attending a conference as individuals or as “representatives” of the universities where they teach? There is for the American Studies Association (ASA), which is touting the distinction in the face of claims it may be illegally discriminating against Israeli academics on the basis of their national origin. The ASA

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