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The Missing Palestinian Journalist

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:00pm
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In an article focusing on diplomacy, New York Times correspondent Jodi Rudoren wrote about last week’s attack on Israeli journalist Avi Issacharoff.

Avi Issacharoff, a well-known columnist who covers Palestinian affairs, said he and a cameraman were in the West Bank town of Beitunia covering the fallout from Thursday’s killings there when...

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Israel-China tech deal another blow to BDS

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 8:30am
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Two days ago we asked, Did Indian election eviscerate BDS?, noting that election of a pro-Israel party and leader made likely vastly expanded business for Israel in India.  We noted also a massive joint academic research deal signed with China.

It has just been announced that Israel had signed massive trade deals with...

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Did Indian election eviscerate BDS?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11:49am
Narendra Modi Indian Election Victory

I don’t know much about Indian politics, so I haven’t written about the election sweep which threw out the long-dominant Congress Party.

I do know that successive Indian governments have had at times contradictory relations with with Israel; not as crazed anti-Israel as many, but not solidly on Israel’s side either.

Indian-born writer Vijeta...

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Making It Costly To Be Pro-Israel On Campus

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 7:15pm
http://youtu.be/jUGZwLb2XiE?t=3m50s

On Thursday night, UCLA’s student government judicial board heard Students for Justice in Palestine v. Singh and Students for Justice in Palestine v. Rogers, both alleging that members of UCLA’s  student government (USAC) who are against the Boycott Sanction and Divest (BDS) movement  took inappropriate gifts from pro-Israel organizations and should have...

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J Street bars critical student journalist from National Summit

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 16, 2014 at 5:48pm
http://youtu.be/LNanqG-rxYQ

On April 28, 2014, I wrote about how J Street issues media Fatwa against its toughest pro-Israel student opponent:

[Daniel] Mael has been a relentless critic of J Street and its college chapters….

One...

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The firebomb attack (you never heard about) on a bus of Jewish schoolgirls

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:59pm
Palestinian Prisoner Release Celebration Mahmoud Abbas

There is plenty of news about Palestinian “protests” and the Israeli killing of two “protesters.”

But you never hear what those “protests” involve.

It’s not just holding signs and shouting. It’s often potentially lethal firebomb...

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The NY Times’ Nakba Narrative

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:30am
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On May 14, 1948 David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s independence and the modern state of Israel was born. And every year at this time the Palestinians commemorate Nakba.

Not surprisingly, Jodi Rudoren, Jerusalem bureau chief of...

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The Peace Processor’s Blind Spots

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:00pm
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The Los Angeles Times just published The Mideast peace gap: Why Kerry has failed by Aaron David Miller. Miller, a long time peace processor (he served under both Presidents George H. W. Bush and BillClinton) nails the essential problem with the Kerry’s peace process.

Simply put, the maximum that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

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Why Middle East Peace Initiatives Fail

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 9, 2014 at 2:30pm
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Why is it so hard to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians?

Look at the final scorecard of the latest round of Middle East peace talks.

Israel allowed three groups of prisoners – a total of 78 – to go free in exchange for talks.

These prisoners were murderers. When they went to...

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The move to disqualify a generation of pro-Israel students from campus government

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:48pm
(Bobby Dishell speaking at U. Michigan Divestment Debate)

Soon after the defeat of anti-Israel divestment resolutions at U. Michigan and UCLA, I began to see anti-Israel advocates single out pro-Israel students who had gone on trips to Israel sponsored by pro-Israel groups, or had received advocacy training from pro-Israel groups.

These trips and advocacy training are critical because some campuses...

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John Kerry’s Long Knives

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:00am
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For nine months Secretary of State John Kerry shepherded talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Along the way he let it slip that if talks failed Israel could  face a third intifada, further isolation, or international opprobrium. Of course he didn’t want to sound like a bully so he also let everyone...

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Today is Israel Independence Day, and I’m going to Vassar

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:00am
Israel Declaration of Independence signatures

It wasn’t planned this way. It’s just a coincidence. Really.

By the time you read this, I’ll probably be in the car driving to Poughkeepsie, NY, where I will appear tonight at 7 p.m. to give a speech in support of Israel and academic freedom.

And against the Open Letter signed by 39...

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Missing Barry Rubin

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 12:30pm
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It is hard to believe that it has been three months since Barry Rubin passed away.

With all going on in the world, and especially in the Middle East, Barry’s absence is pronounced as there are few who saw things as clearly as he did. Barry’s essays and columns are not disposable,...

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What if Israel has no demographic time bomb?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:58am
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A central thesis in the standard approach to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is that Israel faced a demographic time bomb.

John Kerry used that claim as part of his assertion that Israel could become an “an apartheid state with second-class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel...

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