Author Archives: Alex Margolin

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In BDS, B is For Blacklist, Not Boycott

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┬áthat 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,


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


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


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


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


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


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