Israel Musings January 5, 2015: American Historical Association (AHA) rejects anti-Israel resolutions at meeting

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American Historical Association (AHA) rejects anti-Israel resolutions at meeting

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Historians gathering at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in New York City voted on Sunday evening, Jan. 4, 2015 against adding to their agenda a vote on two anti-Israel resolutions with an overwhelming vote of 144…READ MORE

Israel Advocacy Op-eds May 24, 2013: Asaf Romirowsky: The voices of BDS

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The voices of BDS

Source: YNet News, 5-24-13

Op-ed: Pro-Palestinian groups hijacked narrative of peace and justice, yet in reality they yearn for Israel’s destruction

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement’s biggest success is rooted in its ‘soft power.’ The ability to influence behavior through values, policies, institutions and culture, as opposed to ‘hard’ or coercive power exercised through military or economic pressures, plays a tremendous role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News May 23, 2013: McGill University Honorary degree recipient Judith Butler a controversial figure

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Honorary degree recipient Judith Butler a controversial figure

Source: Montreal Gazette, 5-23-13

Philosopher and academic Judith Butler has courted controversy wherever she goes to receive awards because of her perceived anti-Israel activism, and her upcoming appearance at McGill University to receive an honorary degree is no different….

The leading theorist on gender and sexuality is to receive an honorary doctor of letters on May 30, to be conferred by the faculties of arts and religious studies. The decision has already sparked opposition from Hillel McGill and McGill Students for Israel (MSI)….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News April 24, 2013: Defending Israel against campus attacks

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Defending Israel against campus attacks

Source: New Jersey Jewish News, 4-24-13

This past month has seen an intense increase of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activity on North American campuses, especially in California. Motions brought by anti-Israel students to their student governments calling for the divestment….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News April 9, 2013: Yeshiva University Law School Group Incites Fury With Choice to Honor Former President Jimmy Carter

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Law School Group Incites Fury With Choice to Honor Carter

Source: NYT, 4-9-13

The editors of a journal at Yeshiva University’s law school have set off a major conflict by bestowing a peace award on former President Jimmy Carter, who has harshly criticized Israel….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News April 1, 2013: York University Federation of Students endorses Israel boycott

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York Federation of Students endorses Israel boycott

Jewish students say they’re victims of discrimination

Source: Macleans, 4-1-13

The York Federation of Students has endorsed the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign at York University, causing an uproar from those who disagree with its aims.

This decision was made during a meeting called by the YFS’ executive members on March 21, when a motion was put forth to endorse the campaign, resulting in a vote of 18-2 in favour….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 12, 2013: The Shame of Israel Apartheid Week

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The Shame of Israel Apartheid Week

Source: Arutz Sheva, 3-12-13

The blood libel seems to have gained respectability in the halls of academia now that Israel Apartheid Week has become an annual rite on college campuses across North America….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 11, 2013: Israel Apartheid Week at Carleton University quieter this year, students say

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IAW at Carleton quieter this year, students say

Source: Canadian Jewish News (blog), 3-11-13

Speaking before the week’s activities, Emile Scheffel, Israel advocacy co-ordinator at Hillel Ottawa, said he wasn’t expecting IAW to be as loud as it has been in the past on campus….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 8, 2013: Positive activities counter “Israel Hate Week” on Illinois campuses

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Positive activities counter “Israel Hate Week” on Illinois campuses

Source: Jewish United Fund, 3-8-13

Every year campuses throughout the country, including Illinois, are confronted with an organized week of events aimed at delegitimizing Israel. Labeled “Israel Apartheid Week” and arranged by anti-Israel organizations….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 7, 2013: Jewish Harvard University Students Receive Mock Eviction Notices as Part of Israel Apartheid Week

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Jewish Harvard Students Receive Mock Eviction Notices

Jewish students at Harvard University receive mock eviction notices in light of “Israel Apartheid Week.”

Source: Arutz Sheva, 3-7-13

The campaign, organized by the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee, distributed notices at the beginning of March which read, “We regret to inform you that your suite is scheduled for demolition in the next three days”, a reference to the group’s views regarding Israel’s treatment of the Arab population….READ MORE