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  • Finding the silver lining in another BDS loss

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Although pro-Israel groups roundly condemned the most recent passage of an Israel divestment resolution in California — this time by UAW 2865, a union that represents 13,000 University of California graduate students — the actual results may depict a student body that tends less...

  • Hummus hits the headlines

    2 weeks ago

    According to a new report by the food and restaurant consulting firm Baum and Whiteman, hummus – the Middle Eastern spread that is central to both Israeli and Arab cuisine — is now more popular in the United States than salsa. Today, 20 percent of U.S. households have hummus in...

  • UC grad students endorse Israel divestment by 30 point margin

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Another domino has fallen in California for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement with the passage of a divestment resolution sponsored by UAW 2865, a union that represents more than 13,000 of University of California's approximately 50,000 graduate and...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel’s nation-state bill, BDS, Chabad, strawberry sufganiyot and more

    3 weeks ago

    Not-So-Blurred Lines

    Until now, I had not paid much attention to the proposed nation-state identity bill, figuring that it stated the obvious but was being done for emphasis (“Red Lines,” Dec. 5). But in reading this article, I discover that part of the bill is to discontinue...

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  • Against our highest principles

    November 24, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    “Bringing down Israel really will benefit everyone in the world, and everyone in society,” Lara Kiswani from the Arab Resource and Organizing Center stated on November 12. Of those who did not share her belief, she later went on to add, “As long as you continue to be on that side,...

  • Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

    November 21, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    I never imagined that a day would come when some of the world’s leading corporations would fund calls for Israel’s destruction, let alone at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. But that is exactly what happened last week at Harvard.

    My invitation to “Harvard Arab...

  • Israeli shipping giant has not suspended operations in Long Beach

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:46 pm

    On Wednesday morning a spokesman for Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. in Israel denied in an interview a previous report that the shipping giant has suspended its operations in Long Beach and Oakland. He said Zim’s operations and shipments have not been impacted by the...

  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

  • All women win as Israel battles breast cancer

    November 17, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    As October Breast Cancer Awareness Month came to an end, the Old City walls in Jerusalem were illuminated with pink lights. But Israel’s promotion of breast cancer awareness is not just for show—Israel continues to be a global leader in breast cancer detection, research, and...

  • Israeli shipping giant Zim suspends operations in Long Beach

    By Jared Sichel

    November 12, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    UPDATE [Nov. 19]: Israeli shipping giant has not suspended operations in Long Beach.


    Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., Israel’s largest cargo shipping company, has temporarily suspended operations at the Port of Long Beach, according to an employee in Zim’s Long Beach...

  • ASA conference revisits the boycott of Israeli institutions

    By Ryan Torok

    November 12, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Nancy Koppelman, an American Studies professor at The Evergreen State College in Washington, is well aware of how passionate things can get on college campuses over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The late pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an...

  • Israelis in the U.S.A.

    By David Suissa

    November 11, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    When your ancestors yearned for 19 centuries to return to their homeland of Israel, and you were fortunate enough to be born there but still decide to move to America, it’s natural that somewhere deep inside, you might feel a little guilty. How could you not? Regardless of how...

  • Everything you need to know about SodaStream’s move

    November 3, 2014 | 12:27 pm

    SodaStream, the Israeli at-home seltzer machine company, announced last week that it would be closing its West Bank factory and moving the facility’s operations to southern Israel next year. Here’s what you need to know about SodaStream, the controversy that has bubbled up in its...

  • Controversies roil UCLA, Berkeley campuses

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 30, 2014 | 9:41 am

    “Leaked emails reveal partnership between Hillel, PR firm,” read the headline on a story that made the front page of Wednesday’s Daily Bruin, the lively UCLA student newspaper.

    The plotline for this story may seem a bit arcane for those not up-to-date on campus politics, but the...

  • South Africans arrested over BDS protest at Woolworths

    October 27, 2014 | 11:43 am

    Some 57 protesters calling for a boycott of Woolworths in South Africa because it carries Israeli products were arrested in Johannesburg.

    The protesters were arrested on Saturday and charged with public disturbance, the South Africa Press Association reported. They reportedly...

  • ADL report: Campus anti-Israel events have more than doubled this fall

    October 27, 2014 | 11:10 am

    More than 75 anti-Israel events have been reported on U.S. college and university campuses this fall, more than twice as many as last year, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.

    The anti-Israel events have more than doubled in the wake of Israel’s 50-day operation...

  • Open Hillel is a necessary intervention

    October 13, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Four rabbis are engaged in an animated debate about Jewish law. Three of them agree, but the dissenter is adamant that he’s got it right. He cries out: “A sign, God, I beg You, a sign!”

    It begins to rain, but the three in the majority are not swayed. “Another sign, please God!”

    ...
  • Woolworths of South Africa threatens to sue BDS over protests

    October 6, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    Woolworths of South Africa said it may take the BDS lobby to court for threatening its staff and customers.

    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has held more than 40 protests at Woolworths stores throughout the country in recent weeks.

    “Our employees, of all faiths...

  • How Israeli tech survived the war

    By Simone Wilson

    September 23, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    “I know that for some of you, coming to Israel after a very challenging summer might cause hesitation,” Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told a crowd of hundreds of techies wearing neon-pink wristbands and ID necklaces. They sat in an old, restored British train station along the coast of...

  • Lady Gaga rocks TLV, Apple makes an entrance, Holy Land bucket list and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 15, 2014 | 8:22 am

    A dry summer in Israel

    The Israeli tourism industry took a big hit in the summer of 2014 due to the Israeli operation in Gaza <http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4557921,00.html>, making it the weakest summer in incoming tourism since 2007. According to figures released...

  • CUNY grad students to vote on BDS

    September 12, 2014 | 11:20 am

    A student group at the City University of New York is set to discuss and vote on a proposed resolution calling for a boycott of Israel.

    The university’s Doctoral Students’ Council advertised the proposed resolution earlier this month ahead of a meeting scheduled for the evening...

  • Young Americans and Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    September 3, 2014 | 6:15 pm

    The new concern in the American-Jewish community is the number 25. According to a Gallup poll conducted in the midst of the Gaza war, 42 percent of all Americans supported Israel’s action. Among people aged 18 to 29, that number was 25 percent.

    This set off all the usual alarm...

  • Pro-Israel campus groups actively stand up for Israel

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    September 3, 2014 | 11:41 am

    From last year’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association to protests at campuses across the country, it’s apparent that colleges are not the friendliest places for pro-Israeli students and advocates these days. 

    Even before this summer’s...

  • Giant pro-Palestinian, pro-BDS flag hung from New York bridge

    August 21, 2014 | 9:14 pm

    A pro-Palestinian flag is hung from the Manhattan Bridge while pro-Palestinian demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, N.Y. on Aug. 20. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

  • BDS is destructive

    August 21, 2014 | 9:19 am

    I never intended to write about politics, let alone about religion and politics. I usually write about art, sexuality, dating, identity – the issues that generally preoccupy my brain. But when the war broke out in Gaza, it was impossible for me to stay detached. After all, I was in...

  • Pro-Palestinian protesters keep Israeli cargo ship from unloading in Calif.

    August 18, 2014 | 11:43 am

    Pro-Palestinian protesters prevented an Israeli cargo ship from unloading at a California port.

    The protesters gathered Sunday at the Port of Oakland to stop a ship from Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Israel’s international maritime cargo company, from docking and unloading....

  • Standing up for Israel on campus

    By Judea Pearl

    August 13, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    It’s going to be a tough year on campus.

    Anti-Israel rallies nationwide indicate that the atmosphere has turned toxic for all of us who love and support Israel.

    But from many conversations with my university colleagues, I know that, despite what we see and read in the media,...

  • Don’t dismiss California system’s fights over Israel divestment

    July 31, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Experts disagree about who first observed, “academic politics is so vicious because the stakes are so low,” but when it comes to the ongoing student debates about divestment in companies doing business with Israel, the sentence is only half true. The conflicts have been remarkably...

  • Jewish group leads protests blaming Israel for escalating violence

    July 11, 2014 | 8:41 am

    Protests against Israel organized by Jewish Voice for Peace drew 1,000 demonstrators in 15 cities, organizers said.

    Protests took place in Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco, among other cities, according to Rabbi Alissa Wise, a a member of the...

  • Israeli NGO quits BDS case against Sydney academic

    July 10, 2014 | 10:25 am

    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...

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