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Looks like Beirut university nixed Steven Salaita hire

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:00am 4/14/2016 at 10:00am

Steven Salaita, you may recall, was the controversial anti-Israel professor whose hate-tweeting caused the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to decline to hire him for a tenured position. The University asserted that Salaita only had a contingent offer subject to Board approval, and that approval never happened.

Salaita is active in the Boycott...

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Unitarian Universalist Association joins anti-Israel divestment effort

http://www.uua.org/ga/program
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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:15pm 4/10/2016 at 7:15pm
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In a recent post, we highlighted how Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) is being promoted in America’s liberal Protestant churches.

As we discussed, a malicious strain of anti-Israelism has taken root in these progressive churches largely because of a deep-seated organizational dysfunction:

A vocal and strong minority within the church have led the...

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San Francisco State: Yet another shout down of Israeli speaker (Update)

https://youtu.be/2ooaH7nKYz0
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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 1:00pm 4/7/2016 at 1:00pm
https://youtu.be/2ooaH7nKYz0

We have been documenting a clear shift in tactics by anti-Israel campus activists, led by Students for Justice in Palestine joined by other groups.

The shift is towards disruption of Israeli and pro-Israeli speakers on campus in order to create a hostile campus environment. We have reported on several such recent disruptions, including...

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VIDEO: When Does Anti-Israelism Turn Into Anti-Semitism?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:00am 4/6/2016 at 7:00am

On March 28, 2016, I gave a lecture at the University of Chicago Law School, When Does Anti-Israelism Turn Into Anti-Semitism. The lecture was sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Louis D. Brandeis Center, Inc.

The video is embedded below and includes PowerPoint slides, which also are...

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ALERT – CUNY Doctoral Student Council to vote on Israel academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:15pm 4/5/2016 at 4:15pm

We wrote earlier about the upcoming academic Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) vote at the New York University graduate student union.

In that context we mentioned similar efforts underway at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Columbia. Well, it didn’t take long!

The Doctoral Students Council at the CUNY Graduate Center...

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British gov’t cuts funding to pro-BDS charity

https://twitter.com/nuritbaytch/status/569252324021014528
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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9:00pm 4/2/2016 at 9:00pm
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British civil and governmental societies are undergoing a soul searching as to the role Britain plays in funding terrorism against Israel and the BDS movement.

As Jonathan reported, Britain Rocked By Revelation Of Taxpayer-Funded Palestinian Terror:

Great Britain’s Foreign Office and Department for International Development (“DFID”) have funneled million of Pounds, at least, to...

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ALERT – NYU Grad Student Union BDS Vote Mid-April

https://www.facebook.com/NYU.SJP/photos/pb.133873936678292.-2207520000.1459375201./434018656663817/?type=3&theater
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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 8:35pm 3/30/2016 at 8:35pm
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We reported previously on the deceptive anti-Israel Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign at NYU, in which BDS supporters try to co-opt unrelated divestment movements, such as fossil fuel.

This campaign has now morphed into a boycott petition at NYU’s Graduate Student Union (GSOC-UAW Local 2110). Meanwhile the deceptive tactics continue.

This episode...

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Illinois Names Names under anti-BDS law

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 10:00am 3/24/2016 at 10:00am

Illinois has become the first U.S. state to identify specific companies it will no longer invest state assets in because they engage in the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (“BDS”) campaign.  LI has discussed various state anti-BDS laws here.

The Illinois Investment Policy Board included eleven companies on its new “Prohibited Investment List”...

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UC Regents condemns “anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 4:00pm 3/23/2016 at 4:00pm

In a post on Monday I noted a Report (pdf.) suggesting “Principles Against Intolerance” and containing a condemnation of anti-Semitism, was coming up for vote today at the University of California Board of Regents, UC Regents should seize its Moynihan moment on anti-Zionism.

The key language in controversy was both the general condemnation of anti-Semitism,...

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Vassar Prof: “Anti-Jewish speech off and on campus is very real”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 8:00pm 3/22/2016 at 8:00pm

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at Vassar College has been unusually ugly and aggressive in the two-plus years I’ve been covering developments there.

In my first post on March 27, 2014, Anti-Israel academic boycott turns ugly at Vassar, I detailed — based on interviews with professors who witnessed the events first-h...

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UC Regents should seize its Moynihan moment on anti-Zionism

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 21, 2016 at 10:30am 3/21/2016 at 10:30am

On November 10, 1975, the United Nations General Assembly passed the infamous “Zionism Is Racism” Resolution 3379:

“Determines that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination”

The Resolution came on the heels of the failed 1973 Yom Kippur attempt by...

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Anti-AIPAC protest turns ugly and violent

https://twitter.com/joelgriffith/status/711673328768065536
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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 9:50pm 3/20/2016 at 9:50pm
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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is holding its annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. There are 18,000 attendees.

Today was a rally for Palestine, and the marchers (200-300 based on the videos posted online) marched to the AIPAC conference location where protesters heckled people trying to enter. There also were...

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Dangerous highway blockade tactic used against Trump in Arizona

https://www.facebook.com/FoxNews/videos/vb.15704546335/10154151510956336/?type=2&theater
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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 3:00pm 3/19/2016 at 3:00pm
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Shutting down major highways as a protest tactic is extremely dangerous.

Not only does it create the possibility of car accidents, it also traps motorists behind the road blockage, making it impossible for emergency vehicles or vehicles with people in distress to pass.

This tactic was used by anti-Israel protesters who hijacked a...

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Study documents correlation between campus anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 14, 2016 at 8:30pm 3/14/2016 at 8:30pm

At one level, you could put this post in the “tell me something I don’t already know” category.

For several years I have been documenting anti-Israel activity on campus, typically part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and carried out by groups like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

At the...

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UC-Davis: Protesters shout “Allahu Akbar” and “Long Live Intifada” at Israeli speaker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hQlC0NxWnc&feature=youtu.be
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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:30am 3/11/2016 at 11:30am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hQlC0NxWnc&feature=youtu.be

Disruption of Israeli or pro-Israel speakers and events is becoming all too common on college campuses, including by groups like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and similar groups. The purpose is to make sure that Israeli and pro-Israel points of view cannot be presented without incident, and to create a...

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The Legal Case for Israel’s ‘Settlements’

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:45pm 3/10/2016 at 5:45pm

Most people around the world firmly hold to the view that Israel’s residential housing communities built in Judea and Samaria/the West Bank are “illegal”.

For years, this fictitious claim has fed a wild campaign of incitement and ‘lawfare’ against Israel, based on the myth that Jews have no legal right to live...

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UT-Austin rejects discrimination claim by anti-Israel students who disrupted event

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 9:10pm 3/9/2016 at 9:10pm

You may recall the disruption of an Israeli Studies event at UT-Austin on November 13, 2015, which we have covered extensively. (See list of posts at bottom.)

The event was led by well-known and highly-regarded UT-Austin Professor Ami Pedahzur, who is Israeli, and the guest speaker was an Israeli professor teaching at Stanford...

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