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  • Owning up to truths: The UNHRC and its report

    2 weeks ago

    The report on last summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas by a committee representing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) elicited the usual response from the Israel government – even before its formal release on Monday!  Prime Minister Netanyahu declared that the...

  • Concern for UC Jewish students: An open letter to the Regents

    2 weeks ago

    Dear Honorable Members of the University of California Board of Regents,

    We are 32 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of supporters who are deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of Jewish students at the University of California. In light of the...
  • Thinking about BDS differently — and strategically

    3 weeks ago

    Not long ago, along a stretch of Venice boardwalk, I watched a weightlifter stroll over from Muscle Beach to where the chess hustlers play. One of them asked him to sit and play. The bodybuilder complied and was quickly defeated. His failure? He was playing a game chosen by someone...

  • Letters to the editor: Yeshiva grad apologizes, Rohingya Muslims, BDS and more

    3 weeks ago

    Drop the Equivocation

    Rob Eshman (“Sheldon: Improve Israel’s Odds,” June 12), Obama, J Street, New Israel Fund, Peace Now and other Israel critics who pretend to support Israel, would be listened to, and possibly believed more, if they would only at least once support Israel...

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  • Sheldon: Improve Israel’s odds

    By Rob Eshman

    June 11, 2015 | 11:45 am

    I didn’t attend the Sheldon Adelson anti-BDS conclave in Las Vegas last weekend for one good reason: I wasn’t invited.  

    Nope, it was a meeting only of like minds, who convened on the home turf of the Republican Party’s most influential donor to find and fund solutions to the...

  • Regents beware: You are already under attack for calling out “anti-Zionism”

    By Harold Brackman

    June 11, 2015 | 8:44 am

    The 10-campus University of California system is a “Jurassic World” all its own. The UC Regents are even now threatened with a raptor attack if they follow the lead of UC President Janet Napolitano by reducing political correctness through administration of a dose of political...

  • Making ourselves vulnerable to BDS — again

    By Gary Wexler

    June 10, 2015 | 10:10 am

    As they continue to march down their paths to success, are the strategists, creative idea makers and funders of BDS laughing at Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban, Adam Milstein and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach?

    Last weekend, these men led a meeting in Las Vegas that brought together the...

  • Boteach’s Attack on Jonathan Sacks:  More Ego, Less passion.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 10, 2015 | 9:31 am

    Ben Zoma said: Who is wise? He who learns from all people, as it is said: 'From all those who taught me I gained understanding' (Psalms 119:99).

    I have never been a big fan of those who don’t doubt themselves, but a vulnerable letter to his daughter on her wedding in the pages of...

  • What Is the BDS Movement Really After?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 10, 2015 | 2:03 am

    Last week, we were all startled by a statement made by Orange CEO, Stephane Richard, saying he does not want his company to operate in Israel anymore. This statement soon became a reality, when the telecom giant announced it would cut ties with Israel. Even though Richard stated...

  • L.A. Times lets UCLA professor incriminate self again

    June 3, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    The Los Angeles Times has done it again, handing UCLA professor Saree Makdisi space on its commentary pages for another virtually fact-free, anti-Israel column. The third this year (and at least 10th in the Times since 2004), Makdisi’s “Wrongfully treating academic debates as...

  • Why I support SCR 35: An open letter to state Sen. Jeff Stone

    June 3, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Much of the campus climate at UCLA revolves around identities and identity politics. Students champion their identities and their communities in a way that the rest of the world should strive to emulate. This reality, while it adds to the tapestry that is the UCLA community,...

  • Exposing BDS

    By David Suissa

    June 3, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    On March 4, 2009, during a Q&A session at Ottawa University, Omar Barghouti, the founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, made a confession that you can watch on YouTube.

    “I do not buy into the two-state solution,” Barghouti, a Palestinian who studied at...

  • Sheldon Adelson hosting private meeting to stem BDS tide on campuses

    June 1, 2015 | 3:17 pm

    Sheldon Adelson will host a private meeting in Las Vegas of Jewish philanthropists and organizations aiming to counter rising anti-Israel activity on college campuses.

    The meeting to brainstorm and fund strategies will be held this weekend at Adelson’s Venetian casino, the...

  • The L.A. Times lets Saree Makdisi incriminate himself, again

    June 1, 2015 | 1:28 pm

    The Los Angeles Times has done it again, handing U.C.L.A. Prof. Saree Makdisi space on its commentary pages for another virtually fact-free, anti-Israel column. The third this year (and at least tenth in The Times since 2004), Makdisi’s “Wrongfully treating academic debates as...

  • Mega Corporations Such as Google and Facebook Push to the Annihilation of Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 27, 2015 | 8:42 am

    It seems as if Google, who is often being recognized as an Israel supporter, has recently joined the list of corporations who cleared Israel off the map.


    Ynetnews has recently published quite a disturbing discovery: A Google search of leading figures who were born in Jerusalem...

  • When the Knesset tries to muzzle free speech

    May 11, 2015 | 12:23 pm

    I am a product of the '60's. I demonstrated against the Viet Nam war, marched for civil rights and against racism. I have boycotted lettuce and grapes, in support of the United Farmworkers; Dow, for manufacturing napalm during the Viet Nam war; Coors, for discriminatory hiring...

  • Tribute outshines controversy at UCLA Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    May 5, 2015 | 5:03 pm

    During the two weeks leading up to a major conference at UCLA to honor the late rabbi and civil rights leader Abraham Joshua Heschel, controversy swirled around one of the event’s two keynote speakers — Cornel West — an outspoken academic who severely criticized Israel during its...

  • Lauryn Hill cancels Israel performance three days before concert

    May 5, 2015 | 10:45 am

    American R&B singer Lauryn Hill canceled a performance in Israel three days ahead of the scheduled concert.

    Hill, who was scheduled to perform in Rishon LeZion on Thursday, said in a statement posted late Monday on her Facebook page that she canceled because she was unable to...

  • Lauryn Hill Cave in to BDS Pressure and Canceled Her Concert in Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 5, 2015 | 8:13 am

    Only three days before Lauryn Hill was set to perform in Israel, the American soul a singer has canceled her concert. In a statement posted on her Facebook page, the "Killing Me Softly" singer wrote:

    Dear Friends and Fans in Israel,

    When deciding to play the region, my...

  • Israeli Soldiers Tour - Putting a Human Face to the IDF Uniform

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 29, 2015 | 8:42 am

    2015 marks the 6th StandWithUs’ "Israeli Soldiers Tour” (Formerly “Israel Soldiers’ Stories”.) This project is one of the most significant counter-attacks of the notorious “Israeli Apartheid Week,” where false information about Israel is being spread by haters across North America...

  • Why did we invite Cornel West?

    April 22, 2015 | 5:34 pm

    The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, together with Hillel at UCLA, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion, and the UCLA departments of History and English, invited Dr. Cornel West (Professor of...

  • UCLA Jewish Studies head stands behind keynote invitation to Cornel West for Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    April 21, 2015 | 7:16 pm

    Amidst objections from some leading Jewish voices at UCLA to an invitation to Cornel West—an author, academic and an outspoken critic of Israel—to serve as the keynote speaker at an upcoming UCLA conference to honor the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Todd Presner, director of...

  • U.C. Santa Barbara student senate votes down Israel divestment resolution

    April 16, 2015 | 3:03 pm

    The University of California, Santa Barbara, student senate narrowly voted down an Israel divestment resolution.

    Following an eight-hour debate, the resolution was defeated early Thursday morning in a vote of 13 against and 12 in favor, with one abstention. The Associated...

  • Israel trip aims to broaden minds of UCLA student leaders

    By Simone Wilson

    April 9, 2015 | 10:07 am

    "In some senses, you’re more on the front lines than I am,” a seasoned Israeli peace negotiator told a roomful of UCLA student leaders. “I have a lot of sympathy for your position.”

    Tal Becker, who has weathered decades of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — beginning in the 1970s...

  • Let’s leave Obama out of our seders

    By David Suissa

    April 1, 2015 | 11:16 am

    Jews have big mouths. Put those big mouths in a society that reveres freedom of speech and it’s a sight to behold. On the whole, it’s a wonderful attribute. We analyze everything, we criticize endlessly, we kvetch, we yell, we do everything but shut up. It’s as if we’re taking...

  • Loyola U. students push for new divestment resolution

    March 20, 2015 | 10:27 am

    One year after a divestment campaign on campus failed, students at Chicago’s Loyola University are again seeking to pass a resolution urging divestment from some corporations doing business with Israel.

    On Tuesday, a divestment resolution was introduced at a meeting of Loyola’s...

  • At UCLA, Zionophobia trumps anti-Semitism

    By Judea Pearl

    March 18, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    Portions of this article originally appeared in Haaretz.

    In what should rightly be considered a major victory for Jewish students at UCLA, the undergraduate student government at its March 10 meeting unanimously passed “A Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism,” which specifically...

  • Northeastern student senate rejects divestment resolution

    March 17, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Student leaders at Northeastern University rejected a resolution that had the Boston school divesting from companies doing business with Israel.

    On Monday, the Student Government Association voted down the measure, with 25 senators opposed, nine in favor and 14 abstaining. The...

  • Hillel, we are not your tools but your partners

    March 16, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    When Hillel International President Eric Fingerhut announced his decision to withdraw a commitment to speak to over 1,000 students at the upcoming J Street National Conference, he expressed only one major regret.

    In his statement last week, Fingerhut lamented that he would miss...

  • UCLA Jews: Stop fighting and start winning

    By David Suissa

    March 11, 2015 | 4:55 pm

    When someone punches you in the face, there are three ways you can fight back: One, you can punch him back. Two, you can complain to authorities. Three, you can drive him crazy.

    Unfortunately, pro-Israel groups on U.S. campuses are very good at complaining, but very bad at...

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