Tag Archives: BDS


UN Report on Gaza “War Crimes” to Be Deferred

UN Report on Gaza “War Crimes” to Be Deferred

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN team investigating war crimes during Operation Protection Edge wants to defer its report to June. A statement released by the Schabas commission said it needed more time to consider evidence received from Israelis and Palestinians. The team’s report was originally scheduled to be presented to the UN Human Rights


Campus Anti-Semitism Becomes Mainstream Issue

Pro-BDS movements on college campuses have been pushing Jewish students to the margins for a while, sometimes through threats of violence and intimidation. But it took one dramatic incident on a major American campus to push the issue of campus anti-Semitism to the media mainstream. The incident took place in the middle of February. A


Phased Iranian Nuclear Deal Reportedly in the Works

Today’s Top Stories 1. John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif met in Geneva yesterday. According to AP, a “phased” deal is taking shape. The United States and Iran are shaping the contours of a deal that would initially freeze Tehran’s nuclear program but would allow it to slowly ramp up activities that could be used


Daily Beast Lets its BDS Support Show

With A-listers such as Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Alicia Keys refusing to be bullied into canceling their shows in Israel, the BDS has apparently shifted strategies. Instead of launching campaigns against artists after they schedule performances in Israel, which has proven ineffective, BDSers now go after artists who are rumored to come,


Terror Rocks Denmark

Today’s Top Stories 1. Denmark is on edge after a pair of shootings in Copenhagen killed two people and injured five. In the first attack, a terrorist sprayed gunfire on a cafe during a debate on freedom of speech and blasphemy, killing one person and injuring three policemen. One of the panelists was Lars Vilks, who


EU Preparing Fresh Sanctions On Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Fatah cadres pushing for the appointment of a vice president may get their wish at a party congress next month. The Media Line explains why Fatah’s feeling the urgency and Hamas is sure to object: Concerns for the health of Abbas and the law of succession appear to be the driving


PA Begins Banning Israeli Products

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian Authority is dipping its feet into the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). A ban on products from six major Israeli companies is going into effect in retaliation for Israel withholding tax revenue transfers (which was in response to the PA’s membership in the International Criminal Court . .

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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