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UCLA Chancellor Slams Anti-Israel Pledge

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block spoke out firmly against measures that would bar those elected to UCLA’s student government from taking part in trips sponsored by certain pro-Israel organizations. Prior to the recent student council elections, various pro-Palestinian groups asked candidates to sign a pledge that they would not take educational trips to Israel sponsored by

College Trips to Israel Unethical?

UCLA students running for their student government are being asked to sign a pledge that they will not travel to Israel on trips sponsored by certain pro-Israel organizations if elected. The UCLA student newspaper reports that pro-BDS groups Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, helped draft the “Joint Statement on Undergraduate

A Slap to the BDS Bullies

One of the most insidious elements of the BDS assault on Israel’s legitimacy is the high profile targeting of culture figures who agree to visit Israel or speak out positively about Israel. BDS gains undeserved headlines every time it browbeats a celebrity to forego visiting Israel. In recent times, however, the group has been getting

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Sky News Misreads Mainstream Israelis

In an analysis for Sky News, Middle East News Editor Tom Rayner examines John Kerry’s “apartheid” remarks and writes the following: The two-state solution mantra is that Israel cannot remain both “Jewish” and “democratic” if it fails to cut a deal creating an independent Palestinian state. The reason is demographic – if the Palestinian Territories and Israel

Media Minimizing Hamas Impact on Negotiations

There’s plenty of discussion over which side bears the most responsibility for the breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. One crucial aspect that appears to be downplayed in some media is the impact of the announcement of  the reconciliation deal between the PA and Hamas. According to Israeli sources, talks with the Palestinians on returning to negotiations

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