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  • Boycott or buy Israeli etrogim during shmita year?

    By  Orit Arfa

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Resolutions Alone Won’t Protect Jewish Students From Campus Anti-Semitism

    April 22, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Breaking news from Palo Alto: Stanford undergraduate Molly Horwitz, a candidate for the Student Senate, was vetted by the Students of Color Coalition about her fitness for office. According to Horowitz, she was asked: “Given your strong Jewish identity, how would you vote on...

  • 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...

  • Stanford student’s impassioned op-ed says she was unfairly questioned during endorsement interview

    By Ryan Torok

    April 14, 2015 | 4:55 pm

    The Stanford Daily on April 13 ran an op-ed by Molly Horwitz, a Stanford University junior, titled, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” in which she gives her account of events that transpired on March 13 when, she says, the Students of Color Coalition asked her, a...

  • Stanford student candidate files complaint over Jewish faith questions

    April 14, 2015 | 10:34 am

    A candidate for the student Senate at Stanford University filed a complaint after she was asked how her Jewish faith would inform her decisions.

    Molly Horwitz, a junior, filed the complaint with the student elections commissioner shortly after the March 13 endorsement interview...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    By Jared Sichel

    July 4, 2014 | 12:48 am

    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...

  • Presbyterians delete sale of anti-Zionist tract from website

    June 30, 2014 | 10:08 am

    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) removed the sale of an anti-Zionist tract from its website.

    The move comes a week after the church voted to divest from three companies that do business with Israel’s security sector in the West Bank.

    “Effective immediately, the publication...

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

    By Jared Sichel

    June 24, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    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...

  • Netanyahu, speaking to Jewish journalists, slams Presbyterian divestment

    June 23, 2014 | 9:32 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) vote to divest from three companies that do business with Israeli West Bank security forces.

    Netanyahu, speaking Sunday to Jewish journalists from around the world at the inaugural Jewish...

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

    June 20, 2014 | 6:39 pm

    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...

  • Presbyterian Church committee advances divestment resolution

    June 18, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    A committee of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) passed a resolution endorsing divestment from three U.S. companies that “profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.”

    The Middle East Issues Committee, in a 45-20 vote on June 17 at the church’s 221st General Assembly,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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