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Readers’ Choice: Top 10 Posts of 2014

Readers’ Choice: Top 10 Posts of 2014

When rounding up the biggest stories of the year, it’s revealing to look at which posts drew the most viewers. Statistics, of course, don’t tell the whole story. Important stories often fall below the radar of public interest. But there is still no better way to capture the pulse of the HonestReporting community than to see

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December 1, 2014: Attacking Israel with Images from the Holocaust

Listen on Voice of Israel here BDS Supporters will stop at nothing. On Voice of Israel Radio, HR’s Yarden Frankl blasts the photo of Auschwitz victims holding superimposed BDS signs. Enemies of Israel have no problem misusing images from the Holocaust to demonize the country. But the media are supposed to be impartial and do

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Why We Are Not in a Cycle of Violence

An emerging narrative about the current outbreak of Palestinian violence – which now includes a massacre of Jewish worshipers in a Jerusalem synagogue – is that it’s all part of a “cycle of violence.” “A new cycle of violence has started, with no prospect of an end in the foreseeable future,” proclaims The Independent in

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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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Gary Kenzer Brings Media Lessons to All Ages in October

It was a busy month for HR’s North American Executive Director Gary Kenzer, who traveled through three states to train Israel’s supporters in media literacy and advocacy, and to give an in-depth analysis of media coverage of the recent Gaza war. Gary’s first speaking engagement, during the holiday of Succoth, took place at the Northwest

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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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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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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

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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

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