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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

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Mick Jagger’s False Quote Spreads Through Social Media

As the owner of tickets for next month’s Rolling Stones concert in Tel Aviv, I’m very much looking forward to seeing Mick Jagger and the rest of the legendary rock band defying both their age and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. It’s not surprising that Israel advocates are trumpeting the Stones concert as

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Amnesty Researcher Admits That Palestinian “Eyewitnesses” Often Lie

This article is cross-posted with the permission of the Elder of Ziyon blog. Donatella Rovera, an Amnesty field investigator, wrote an interesting article about the challenges of fact finding in war situations. One of her main points is that eyewitnesses are often unreliable. For example: In Gaza, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, and other places I interviewed civilians who described what they

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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