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ASA: Bibi Welcome at Conference, Just Not as PM

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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Erekat’s Latest Whopper: 96% of Gaza Dead Were Civilians

One has to wonder why any reputable media outlet would invite the truth-challenged Palestinian official Saeb Erekat for an interview. It must be for the entertainment value of the outlandish things he’s bound to say. And his recent appearance on Army Radio did not disappoint. Erekat revealed that a full 96% of all Palestinians killed

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Amira Hass Tossed Out of Palestinian Conference for Being ‘Jewish Israeli’

Haaretz journalist Amira Hass, a radical left winger who often promotes the Palestinian narrative, learned a lesson in Palestinian intolerance this week after being unceremoniously removed from a conference at Birzeit University. According to Hass’s own account of the incident, two Palestinian academics approached Hass during the conference and asked her to leave, citing “a

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Academic Boycott Making Resurgence on Campus

When the American Studies Association approved an academic boycott against Israel late last year, the academic world spoke out against the move loudly and clearly. Presidents of 250 academic institutions signed a letter of opposition. Brandeis University and other prestigious institutions formally withdrew from the association. “We can no longer support an organization that has

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Activist Admits BDS Effect Largely Psychological

Although the strategy of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions conjures an image of an economic war against Israel, the truth is that the psychological effect of the BDS movement is far more insidious. Studies typically show that Israel’s economy is resilient enough to withstand the limited effects of BDS. But every time a boycott is called

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Peter Beinart: I Disagree with the Goals of BDS

Noted Liberal Zionist thinker and author Peter Beinart has never pulls any punches in his critique of Israeli policy, especially where he feels it diverges from his vision for a two state solution. He’s also an outspoken critic of the BDS movement – for essentially the same reason. And as a professor at the City

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CUNY Group Postpones BDS Vote Scheduled for Jewish Sabbath

BDS supporters at City University of New York (CUNY), hoping to sneak a divestment vote through by scheduling it on the Friday night after the start of Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath), were thwarted after news of the maneuver was leaked to the media. Had the move proved successful, it may have inspired more dirty tricks for the

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