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  • When the Knesset tries to muzzle free speech

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Jews, Muslims, UCLA

    By Rob Eshman

    March 10, 2015 | 4:59 pm

    Two weeks before it was a twinkle in the eye of The New York Times, the story of Rachel Beyda appeared on jewishjournal.com and in the pages of our newspaper. Following a tip from a colleague and a report in the Daily Bruin, our reporter Jared Sichel investigated how a routine...

  • Johannesburg pro-Israel event draws threats from protesters

    March 9, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Protesters including a government official shouted anti-Israel epithets and threats outside a pro-Israel event in suburban Johannesburg.

    “You think this is Israel, we are going to kill you,” protesters from the Israeli Apartheid Week and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement...

  • Charges dropped against Ohio U. anti-divestment protesters

    March 9, 2015 | 10:47 am

    Charges were dropped against four Jewish Ohio University students who disrupted a student senate meeting with a protest against divestment from Israel.

    The charges were dismissed last week following motions filed by lawyers for the students, who were charged with a fourth-degree...

  • Israeli Apartheid Week 2015 - when anti-Semitism takes over.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    The Israeli Apartheid Week, currently taking place in campuses worldwide, has taken a frightening anti-Semitic turn. This radicalization had led Jewish pro-Israel students to refrain from standing up to this “Hate Fest,” and worse - to hide their identity because they fear of being...

  • UCLA judicial board nom questioned for Jewish background

    By Jared Sichel

    February 24, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    At a Feb. 10 hearing of UCLA’s student government, four of nine representatives raised concerns that the Jewish background of Judicial Board candidate Rachel Beyda could present a conflict of interest and make her unfit to serve impartially as a judge in the student government’s...

  • Stanford president: No topic “more divisive” than BDS

    February 20, 2015 | 10:28 am

    At a Feb. 19 meeting of Stanford University's Academic (Faculty) Senate, Stanford University President John Hennessy addressed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS)  issue that has roiled the Stanford campus in recent weeks. Here is his statement:

    This past Tuesday evening,...

  • How Bibi could surprise the world

    By David Suissa

    February 18, 2015 | 10:02 am

    When the eyes of the world are on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu on March 3 as he speaks to the U.S. Congress, he’ll have an opportunity to shock them all – Congressmen, Israeli voters, the foreign press, European leaders, Arab dictators, the United Nations and...

  • Boycott tests depth of Palestinian market

    February 17, 2015 | 11:23 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Responding to Israel's decision to withhold tax and tariff revenue it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian officials have initiated a boycott against products manufactured by six leading Israeli...

  • The case against academic boycotts of Israel

    February 16, 2015 | 12:00 pm

    Cary Nelson and Gabriel Brahm, in less than a year, were able to assemble, edit, index, and bring to press a 500-plus page thoughtful volume of essays, outlining many of the problems with boycotting (some would say blacklisting) Israeli academic institutions (and, as the book...

  • What BDS Overlooked: Sponsors of terrorism within the University of California Endowment

    February 11, 2015 | 9:17 am

    On February 8th, the University of California Student Association Congress voted to divest holdings in the UC endowment from specific companies operating with or within Israel. The association also called for divestment from holdings in the governments of the United States, Mexico,...

  • War on campus

    January 23, 2015 | 10:56 am

    The spring semester on American campuses is beginning. On some campuses anti-Israel groups will be preparing for another round of the so-called Israel Apartheid Week, which will unfold as the aftershocks of this past summer’s Israel-Hamas war are still being felt. 

    Back in August...

  • Finding the silver lining in another BDS loss

    By Jared Sichel

    December 18, 2014 | 10:19 am

    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

    December 16, 2014 | 10:31 am

    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

    December 10, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    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

    December 10, 2014 | 11:05 am

    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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