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  • UCLA judicial board nom questioned for Jewish background

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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  • The case against academic boycotts of Israel

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • 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...

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