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  • Senate committee passes protective measure to fight BDS

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 30, 2016 | 11:30 am

    The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed the first protective measure to empower states fighting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel.

    The bipartisan “Combating BDS Act of 2016,” introduced by Senator Mark Kirk...

  • 4 pro-Israel NY food co-op members suspended for disrupting 2015 BDS presentation

    June 29, 2016 | 2:53 pm

    A popular Brooklyn cooperative grocery store that has been fighting about Israel boycott efforts for eight years reportedly suspended four pro-Israel members for interrupting a meeting more than a year ago.

    According to the Brooklyn Paper, four Park Slope Food Co-op members have...

  • United Auto Workers rejects NYU graduate student union vote backing Israel boycott

    June 29, 2016 | 1:34 pm

    The United Auto Workers union struck down a vote by the graduate student union at New York University to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

    Last week’s decision came two months after the resolution to support the BDS movement was approved by...

  • Boycott Israel? Nah, not really.

    June 20, 2016 | 3:03 pm

    Dr. Tal Azran, head of the International Communication Program at the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya (IDC), gave his Master’s class on ‘State Branding’ a patriotic assignment: find some way to give Israel a good name around the world. 

    Most students in the class came up...

  • European diplomat: Labeling won’t affect trade with Israel

    November 10, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    The European Commission’s newest guidelines on the labeling of products from Israeli settlements will neither impact trade with Israel nor incur sanctions on non-complying EU states, a senior European diplomat said.

    The diplomat, who spoke to JTA on Tuesday on condition of...

  • Boycott or buy Israeli etrogim during shmita year?

    By  Orit Arfa

    September 24, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    At a citrus farm near Rehovot in Israel, a fifth-generation etrog grower is upset about a boycott, of sorts, of Israeli goods. He’s not referring to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that seeks to boycott any and all Israeli products. This “boycott” is one practiced by...

  • Matisyahu Played, but BDS Racism is Winning

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 23, 2015 | 7:21 pm

    We won the battle, but are losing the war.

    As much as anyone I’m thrilled that Matisyahu performed “Jerusalem” at the Rototom reggae festival this past Saturday night in Spain.

    Organizers had to apologize and re-invite him after they cancelled him.

    The cancellation was...

  • Why we shouldn’t be so upset that Matisyahu got the boycott

    August 20, 2015 | 9:54 am

    The righteous uproar over the Matisyahu fiasco has fled as quickly as it came. Disquieting and galling as it was, we really ought to celebrate: it is one of the few victories we’ve had in a bad streak of stinging defeats.

    The cherry on top is that we didn’t even...

  • One industry that will never boycott Israel

    August 20, 2015 | 9:12 am

    The boycott movement’s plan to isolate Israel may flounder or prosper. Call that a truism.

    Whether boycotters prosper, depends on a certain industry not joining the boycott. Call that a paradox. The harder this non-boycotting industry works, the better for the boycott movement....

  • Clinton says campaign will talk up countering BDS

    July 6, 2015 | 3:04 pm

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said she will speak out against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel during her presidential campaign.

    “I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority,” Clinton said in a July 2 letter to Haim Saban, the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • How one 16-year-old Brit mobilized a mobile app against Israel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 29, 2014 | 6:56 am

    Buycott, a one-year old mobile app that allows consumers to support various social and political causes by purchasing some goods and avoiding others, wasn’t built to facilitate anti-Israel consumer activism. Until recently, its most popular campaign was focused on an effort to...

  • Sinead O’Connor trying to back out of Israel concert

    June 18, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    Sinead O’Connor said she will try to back out of a scheduled performance in Israel because she was unaware that she had been asked to boycott by pro-Palestinian groups.

    “I was not informed by my booking agent, and was unaware myself, that a boycott of Israel had been requested by...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • House bill would defund colleges that back Israel boycotters

    February 6, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    Universities that “significantly fund” groups that boycott Israeli academic institutions would be ineligible for federal funds under legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Under the bill proposed Thursday by Reps. Pete Roskam (R-Ill.), the chief deputy whip...

  • Boycotting settlements is not anti-Israel

    February 5, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    On her way out the door to defend the SodaStream company, the suddenly political Scarlett Johannson threw a grenade at her erstwhile cause, the international aid organization Oxfam.

    According to her spokesperson, “she and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards...

  • Where can I sign up for a BDS marketing course?

    By Gary Wexler

    February 5, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    I want to sit at the feet of the BDS movement. These people, whom I fear and hate, are my marketing mentors. They’re winning. We’re losing. Look what they’ve just accomplished with the Super Bowl, Scarlett Johansson and SodaStream. Absolutely brilliant.

    They grab headlines. They...

  • For some West Bank CEOs, no lost sleep over boycott threat

    February 5, 2014 | 12:45 pm

    Of the 200,000 wine bottles Yakov Burg produced last year, 16,000 went to Europe.

    The possibility of a boycott and repeated rumblings that Europe is planning to label goods produced in the settlements could decrease that number, but Burg isn’t worried.

    The CEO of Psagot Winery,...

  • What does it mean to be a pro-Israel politician?

    February 5, 2014 | 12:38 pm

    As we head into this critical election year, it’s worth pausing for a moment as we begin to assess the candidates to ask ourselves a fundamental question: what makes a politician pro-Israel?

    Too many candidates are happy to play the game the way they think we want them to play...

  • Is the New York State anti-boycott bill dead?

    February 4, 2014 | 5:38 pm

    We’ve reported that the New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill intended to prohibit colleges from using any state money to fund groups that boycott Israeli universities.

    Companion legislation was under consideration in the State Assembly and seemed assured of...

  • Ack! Condemn! Ick!

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 3, 2014 | 2:19 pm

  • Boycott Israel? Not on my campus

    By Judea Pearl

    January 3, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    There are many good reasons to oppose the American Studies Association (ASA) decision to boycott Israeli universities. But there are some bad reasons as well. Many arguments against the boycott play exactly into the hands of the pro-boycott propagandists and give them the...

  • Answering back to the academic boycotters of Israel

    January 2, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Six days after its membership voted to implement an academic boycott against Israeli universities, the American Studies Association’s Caucus on Academic and Community Activism on December 21, 2013 hurriedly issued a defensive appeal for support bemoaning, in the wake of a tsunami...

  • 55 U.S. universities condemn ASA boycott of Israel

    December 30, 2013 | 11:34 am

    At least 55 American universities and colleges have rejected the American Studies Association membership vote in favor of an academic boycott of Israel.

    The number was tracked by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    “This remarkable response is a...

  • PRO/CON: Should U.S. academics boycott Israeli universities?

    December 20, 2013 | 10:34 am

    According to an announcement released Dec. 16, the American Studies Association (ASA), a group of some 5,000 university professors, has endorsed its national council’s call for a boycott of Israeli universities.

    Two-thirds of the 1,252 members who voted approved the boycott,...

  • U.S. academics should not boycott Israeli universities

    By David N. Myers

    December 18, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    According to an announcement released Dec. 16, the American Studies Association (ASA), a group of some 5,000 university professors, has endorsed its national council’s call for a boycott of Israeli universities.

    Two-thirds of the 1,252 members who voted approved the boycott,...

  • U.S. academics should boycott Israeli universities

    December 18, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    According to an announcement released Dec. 16, the American Studies Association (ASA), a group of some 5,000 university professors, has endorsed its national council’s call for a boycott of Israeli universities.

    Two-thirds of the 1,252 members who voted approved the boycott,...

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