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  • Israeli NGO quits BDS case against Sydney academic

    18 hours ago

    An Israeli legal group abandoned its racial discrimination case against an academic in Sydney over his support for the boycott of Israel.

    Shurat HaDin-the Israel Law Center will withdraw its case against Jake Lynch, the director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the...

  • Student committee votes 10-0 to delay confirmation of Jewish UCLA student to Board of Regents

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    A group that represents the University of California’s student body further highlighted how this state has become the flashpoint for the Israeli-Palestinian debate on American campuses when it requested that the powerful UC Board of Regents delay its confirmation of Avi Oved, a...

  • Does the Presbyterian divestment have widespread support among pastors? ‘Hell no’

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    In Rev. Drew Sams’ Sunday sermon before his congregation at Bel Air Presbyterian Church on June 22 — just two days after the national umbrella organization of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) endorsed divestment from three companies that do business in Israel — Sams registered...

  • Presbyterians vote 310-to-303 for Israel ‘Occupation’ divestment

    3 weeks ago

    The American Presbyterian church voted Friday by a slim 310-303 margin to divest itself of holdings in three companies accused of supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

    The measure, which is a victory for the boycott Israel movement, means the church will sell...

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  • Halls of Ivy

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 5, 2014 | 5:23 pm

  • As Presbyterians again weigh divestment, Jewish groups lobby, warn and worry

    June 3, 2014 | 7:14 pm

    Which way will Presbyterians go this time?

    That’s a question Jewish groups and their Presbyterian allies are nervously asking as they work to head off divestment efforts within the church targeting Israel. The fear is the efforts could pass this time after a narrow defeat two...

  • UCLA and the anti-Israel students, should we be worried?

    May 23, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    As I sat waiting to testify at Sunny Singh’s hearing before the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) undergraduate student judicial board on May 15, it occurred to me that on college campuses today, students seem to want to hear only from people with whom they agree. And I...

  • BDS is backfiring at UCLA

    May 20, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Over the past year, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has turned the UCLA campus into an intense battleground over Israel’s legitimacy and public image. The local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), an active supporter of BDS, has waged an...

  • J Street’s real failure

    By David Suissa

    May 14, 2014 | 10:52 am

    Just when J Street’s reason-for-being, a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, fell into a deep coma, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations gave the “pro-peace, pro-Israel” group new life by rejecting its bid to join the umbrella...

  • BDS widely debated in SoCal campus halls

    By Jared Sichel

    April 30, 2014 | 10:59 am

    The movement on Southern California campuses to pressure university administrators to divest from Israeli companies and many non-Israeli businesses that contract with Israel’s government scored a victory on April 23 with a resolution at University of California, Riverside.

    Two...

  • How serious a problem is BDS, and what are Jewish organizations doing about it?

    April 30, 2014 | 10:41 am

    [Related: Should we fear BDS?]

    The authors reached out to a number of leading Jewish organizations, asking each the same two questions regarding the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: How serious a problem is BDS, and what is your organization doing about it?

    American...

  • Should we fear BDS?

    April 30, 2014 | 10:40 am

    The movement to promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), is both old and new, simple and complex, effective and a failure, a danger and an opportunity. 

    While various Arab-led initiatives to boycott Israel go back decades, BDS was born 13 years ago, in the summer of 2001....

  • Campus divestment votes surge, but pro-Palestinian activists don’t get many wins

    April 30, 2014 | 8:56 am

    On Twitter, pro-Palestinian activists dubbed it “DivestApalooza.”

    Student governments at three Southern California public universities all voted on divestment resolutions targeting Israel in a single day.

    The April 23 votes were part of a surge in student governments at...

  • ‘Under the Skin’ sets Scarlett ablaze

    By Melissa Weller

    April 9, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    Scarlett Johansson has had a very busy year, least of which from dealing with the Oxfam and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions hoopla we’ve covered so extensively. With two box-office smashes opening last weekend and fresh from her role in the Oscar-contended Her, Johansson is...

  • Diplomacy is back in action, Pharell Williams is HAPPY with Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 7, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is saved!

    The 11-day Foreign Ministry strike that closed embassies abroad and prevented high-profile visits both to and from Israel ended on Wednesday evening as the Treasury and the ministry’s workers committee signed a labor agreement. This ends...

  • Facing chaos - Two Israeli soldiers found themselves under the attack of anti-Israel activists

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 2, 2014 | 9:19 am

    In recent years, Israel haters spread anti-Israeli propaganda via social networks and during IAW, which is filled with false information and contains mainly lies about the IDF. Truth is, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have over 700,000 citizen soldiers and reservists, who are...

  • A chance at the World Cup,The Rolling Stonen, Free HIV treatment and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 31, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Speaking out

    Former Miss World, the Israeli Linor Abargil, is leading a global campaign against sexual violence. Abargil, who was raped at knifepoint only six weeks before being crowned as Miss World, has inspired other Israeli women to break their own silence and in the process,...

  • Loyola student gov’t president vetoes Israel divestment resolution

    March 27, 2014 | 9:24 am

    The president of the student government at Chicago’s Loyola University vetoed an Israel divestment resolution that was passed twice.

    Pedro Guerrero, president of the Loyola United Student Government Association, on Tuesday rejected the measure that calls on the university to...

  • Save the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 26, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Last week, Tel Aviv University took political science students - including me - on a field trip to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, in order for us to examine the various possible career paths there. Since high school, it has been very clear to me that my future would...

  • An unsettling Presbyterian ‘study guide’

    March 19, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    The recent release of “Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide” by the Israel-Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church [PC(USA)] threatens irreparable damage to Jewish-Presbyterian relations. The document takes aim at the ideological, moral and historical...

  • British PM Cameron offers support for Israel in Knesset address

    March 12, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    British Prime Minister David Cameron told Israeli lawmakers that his country would work against international boycotts and sanctions against Israel.

    “You have a British prime minister whose belief in Israel is unbreakable and whose commitment to Israel’s security will always be...

  • Rashid Khalidi and Judith Butler object to boycotting the boycotters

    March 7, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Judith Butler and Rashid Khalidi are circulating a letter objecting to retaliation against those who support boycotts of Israel.

    Both Butler and Khalidi recently had events canceled at Jewish institutions after critics raised objections to their views on Israel. Butler, a...

  • Anti-Israel speakers and Jewish self-hatred

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    The global center of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is, when you think about it, South Africa. BDS, as an attempt to sound more reasonable and less hateful, rarely compares Israel to Nazi Germany, the way, say, arch-anti-Semite Roger Waters of Pink Floyd does....

  • When the Israeli Apartheid Week takes place in Israel, there’s a lot for us to worry about

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Last week, the 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) launched in over 200 cities worldwide. This international series of events which includes rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings and multimedia displays — exposed many people who are clueless about Israel...

  • Johansson in post-SodaStream interview: I am not a role model

    February 27, 2014 | 4:11 pm

    Actress Scarlett Johansson said in her first interview since the SodaStream blowup that she is not “a role model.”

    “I don’t see myself as being a role model,” she said in an interview published Thursday in Dazed and Confused magazine, adding that she “did not want to step into...

  • A victory against anti-Israel BDS

    February 26, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Israelis and supporters of Israel are increasingly concerned about international pressure — and with good reason. There was last year’s directive from the European Union, which threatened important Israel-EU cooperation; the recent uproar about SodaStream, which brought Israel...

  • Letters to the editor: Holocaust comparisons, Mr. Mom, BDS and laughter for all

    February 26, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Mixed Feelings on Holocaust Comparison  

    Danielle Berrin’s piece (“Will America Re-Examine Its Shame?” Feb. 21) certainly has its virtues about what needs to be recognized as America’s sin, shame or national disgrace of 350 years as a house of bondage for black people — a story...

  • UCLA student council rejects Israel divestment resolution

    By Ryan Torok

    February 26, 2014 | 10:05 am

    On Thursday, Feb. 26, in a decision that represents a victory for those who oppose any kind of boycott against Israel, the UCLA undergraduate student government voted 7-5 to strike down a proposed “Resolution to Divest from Companies that Violate Palestinian Human Rights.”

    A...

  • Israeli Apartheid Week 2014- is this the beginning of the end?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 25, 2014 | 11:15 am

    Israeli Apartheid Week is now at its peak, but this year, unlike any other year before, it is followed by a wind of change.

    As these words are being written, people in over 200 cities worldwide are being exposed to bigotry, deception, and shallowness as part of the 10th annual...

  • Ambassador Samantha Power condemns BDS

    By Rob Eshman

    February 25, 2014 | 9:47 am

    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel hurts the chances of a just and lasting peace in the region, Ambassador Samantha Power, the permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations, declared Sunday evening, Feb. 23, at UCLA.

    Delivering the 12th annual...

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