Author Archives: Alex Margolin

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Academic Boycott Making Resurgence on Campus

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


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


Academic: Gaza War Started When Israel Fired Back

UK-based Israeli academic and longtime Israel critic Avi Shlaim has weighed in on the Gaza war in the Guardian’s Comment is Free section, and predictably, he unleashed a scathing critique of Israel. To do so, however, Shlaim invokes a logic so twisted, it’s hard to believe he himself subscribes to it. For example, he insists


BDS Buster of the Week: 14-Year Old Shelly Dvir

Never underestimate what can happen when you speak out against Israel haters. That’s the lesson we learned this week from Shelly Dvir, a 14-year old heavy metal fan from Ashkelon, who stopped a band she loved from cancelling an upcoming show in Israel with…a heartfelt comment on Facebook. According to Ynet, the BDS movement nearly


Fighting BDS with Buycotts

In an effort to look at successful strategies currently being applied to the fight against BDS, HonestReporting interviewed Sara Saber-Freedman, Executive Vice President of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and one of the initial group up of activists who founded BUYcott. 1. HonestReporting: Since the BDS is primarily a tool for turning hearts and minds