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Alan Parsons to Roger Waters: Don’t ‘Meddle’

Alan Parsons to Roger Waters: Don’t ‘Meddle’

Musician Alan Parsons gave his former colleague Roger Waters a sharp slap in the face this week over BDS, letting Waters know that he will share his music with anyone who wants to hear it. In the process, Parsons drew attention to the immoral nature of the BDS, which is bent on punishing the people

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What Universities Can Learn from Israel’s Status on Campus

Cherryl Smith, PhD, is professor emerita in rhetoric and composition at California State University, Sacramento. Her blog is Framing Israel. In the post-modern university where, at least in the social sciences and humanities, facts are no longer, well, factual, the country of Israel fares badly.  Rather than information about the actual country, an abstract idea of

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Saying No to BDS: Academic Group Rejects Last-Minute Effort

The BDS bandwagon continues to roll through the world of American academia, but this week’s vote from the American Historical Association proves it may be hitting some bumps in the road. The association flatly rejected an attempt to add two resolutions condemning Israel. A group called Historians Against the War tried to push new anti-Israel agenda

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BDS “Successes” Now Liabilities

The BDS movement appeared to be on the ascent at the start of 2014 with a pair of campaigns poised to push the movement into the mainstream. It started with the American Studies Association (ASA) announcing an academic boycott against Israel in late 2013. Within a month, the BDS was in the news again for

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Will the BDS End Campaign Against SodaStream? Don’t Bet on It

Even though SodaStream’s decision to close its controversial West Bank factory appears to be motivated primarily by financial considerations, not pressure from the BDS, it’s hard to discount the BDS campaign entirely. SodaStream has been one of the most visible BDS targets during the past year, especially after the company tapped one of Hollywood’s hottest

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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 that 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,

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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

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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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