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No coincidence that Canadian PM Harper heckled as he skewered BDS

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:10am 1/22/2014 at 11:10am
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Everyone knows that Israel’s Knesset is a particularly contentious place, where views are shouted out with great emotion.  I don’t believe they have the floor brawls that take place elsewhere, but it’s not a place where rhetoric is held back.

But when foreign dignitaries visit, that’s a different matter entirely.

I noted the other...

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Palestinian strategy: Pocket concessions but give up nothing

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00am 1/21/2014 at 7:00am
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According to numerous press reports, the Palestinians have refused any meaningful concessions in the John Kerry-led peace talks.  No compromise on recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, on refugees, on borders, on security arrangements, on anything meaningful.  Instead, they are planning a diplomatic intifada to try to isolate Israel when the...

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Canadian PM Harper: Academic boycott part of “mutation of the old disease of anti-Semitism”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:58pm 1/20/2014 at 12:58pm
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You can now add Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the growing chorus who recognize the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement for what it is — as former Harvard President Lawrence Summers put it, anti-Semitism “in effect” if not “in intent.”

Harper addressed the Knesset today, and voiced unflinching support for Israel (video...

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U. Penn students stand up for Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:00am 1/19/2014 at 9:00am
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Because we focus so much on the Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement on campuses, it’s easy to get the impression that such anti-Israeli students are the majority.

They are not. They are just the loud mouths, who scream, call people names, and built idiotic mock walls and checkpoints — for which they...

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Tzipi Livni’s Boycott panic is a dead-end because it presumes the alternative is peace

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:52pm 1/18/2014 at 5:52pm
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Israel’s Justice Minister (and former Foreign Minister) Tzipi Livni has been sounding the panic button on the international boycott of Israel for at least a year. It was part of her political platform for elections, but her party still managed only a small percentage of the electorate.

Livni’s latest was reported today...

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134 House Members sign letter against academic boycott of Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:55am 1/17/2014 at 10:55am
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A total of 134 Members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter, organized by the offices of Reps. Peter Roksam (R) and Ted Deutch (D) condeming the academic boycott of Israel passed by the American Studies Assoction. The effort was truly bipartisan, with 65 Republicans and 69 Democrarts signing. ...

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Propagandists with Ph.D’s: Month One of the anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:00pm 1/16/2014 at 9:00pm
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It has been one month since the American Studies Association announced that its membership — or at least the small percentage who bothered to vote — approved an academic boycott of Israel.

We have had great success rallying opposition, but even this first month teaches us some important lessons.

The ASA has peddled...

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Israeli Defense Minister apologizes for private comments about futility of peace process and Kerry’s quest

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:35pm 1/15/2014 at 3:35pm
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The columnist Michael Kinsley is reputed to have said that “a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.”

Earlier this week  an Israeli newspaper leaked private comments that Israel’s Defense Minister, Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon made critical of Secretary of State John Kerry and expressing skepticism towards ...

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100 House Reps already have signed onto letter denouncing anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:15am 1/15/2014 at 11:15am
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For background, see my prior posts:

The letter will be finalized tomorrow morning as the House goes into recess Friday and many members leave tomorrow afternoon.  The letter is being coordinated through the offices of...

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Employment Law Firm: Drop American Studies Assn membership or risk Title VII liability

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:15pm 1/14/2014 at 2:15pm
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Based on its Quarterly publication, the American Studies Association as of last year had 80 Institutional Members.

Since ASA announced its academic boycott of Israel, we have confirmed that 6 universities have dropped their Institutional Memberships, while 11 more have denied being Institutional Members despite being so listed.

The updated list appears at the...

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Has your Rep signed Congressional letter against Israel academic boycott?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00am 1/14/2014 at 7:00am
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I reported last Friday on the draft Bipartisan Congressional letter to denounce academic boycott of Israel.

The letter reads, in part:

We write in strong opposition to the American Studies Association’s (ASA) recent decision to boycott Israeli universities and academic institutions. While ASA has every right to express its views on policies pursued...

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Anti-Israel academic boycotters demand Freedom From Criticism

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:18pm 1/12/2014 at 9:18pm
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[Featured image above from Facebook page of anti-Israel academic boycotter.]

The anti-Israel academic boycott by the American Studies Association has given rise to a massive pushback from a broad range of American civil society, including from over 180 university presidents (as of this writing), leading university and faculty organizations, other academics, and...

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Partial victory over anti-Israel efforts at 2014 MLA Convention shows battle winnable

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:15pm 1/12/2014 at 4:15pm
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[WAJ Note: We covered the Modern Language Association anti-Israel effort from afar, gathering tweets from those in the room, including Joel Griffith.  I thought it would be helpful for readers to hear directly from Joel, and he kindly agreed to write a post. Joel paid to join MLA just so he...

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Will accepting Palestinian 1967 “Border” Demand Make Peace More Likely?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:30am 1/12/2014 at 9:30am
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Exhibit A:

In June, 1999, shortly after Ehud Barak had defeated Benjamin Netanyahu to become Israel’s new prime minister, Charles Krauthammer wrote a column title, Clinton Should Have Targeted Arafat Instead.

Krauthammer noted that Arafat was going around the world to lobby support for accepting UN General Assembly resolution 181 as a...

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Modern Language Assn split verdict: Adopts watered-down Israel visa resolution, rejects pro-ASA boycott resolution

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:36pm 1/11/2014 at 6:36pm
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The Modern Language Association House Delegates voted on two anti-Israel Resolutions today. (The Resolutions are at the bottom of this post.)

The main resolution, asking for the State Department to contest Israeli denials of entry visas to traveling academics: “Be it resolved that the MLA urges the US Dept of State to...

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Ariel Sharon dies

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:42am 1/11/2014 at 7:42am
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Ariel Sharon has died, after almost 8 years in a coma.

He led a life that was complicated, and defined by the insatiable Arab desire to destroy Israel.

Sharon, among many others, didn’t let it happen, and in the course of defending Israel made some errors of judgment that are easy for historians...

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NY State Assembly to introduce academic boycott legislation (Update – Text of Bill added)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:30pm 1/10/2014 at 3:30pm
Press Release Sheldon Silver re academic boycott Jan 12 2014

We previously reported that NY State Assemlyman Dov Hikind intended on introducing legislation in response to the academic boycott of Israel.

Now it looks like it will move forward, as Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver (arguably the most powerful politician in the state) has issued this press release (h/t Eric Owens,...

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