New York State's Attempt To Punish Academic Institutions That Favor BDS

On January 28, 2014, The New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would cut all state funding to any university whose faculty used taxpayer money to attend American Studies Association (ASA) meetings or seminars or to pay for membership in the American Studies Associaton.  Why would the State Senate do this?

Why we need Israel AND Palestine

Huffington Post just ran an article about a wave of French Jews who are migrating to Israel becuase of rising anti-Semitism in France.   This is exactly why we need Israel.  We need a state where Jews can migrate to when anti-semitism raises its ugly head, as it has done so many times in the past.  We need a state designed for the protection of the Jewish people.  That does not necessarily mean though, that Israel should always be a Jewish State in the future.  There is a difference between  "a Jewish State" and "a state designed for the protection of Jews".  The first is racist, the sec

Being Against Israel Is Not The Same Thing As Being Anti-Semitic

Every once in a while I run across someone on the internet who insists that Muslims are out to exterminate Jews.  Or they insist that someone who has a "demonic view of Israel" is anti-Semitic.  This is nonsense.  Being against the policies of the Israeli government--even being against Israel as a Jewish State-- is not in itself anti-semitism.

An Open Letter to Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson received a lot of criticism when she agreed to become the spokesperson for the West Bank based corporation SodaStream, one of the more highly visible companies being targeted by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement.  Ms. Johansson's promotion of SodaStream conflicts with her role as a Global Ambassador for Oxfam.  Oxfam published a statement praising Johansson's past work while pointing out its disapproval of her role as SodaStream spokesperson.

Passing the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act Will Lead To War

The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act  is to diplomacy what Sharknado is to meteorology or ichthyology.  Well, that's not a perfect analogy.  Both the NWFIA and Sharknado are jokes, but Sharknado was so bad it was good, whereas the NWFIA is just bad.  The NWFIA would institute a new round of crippling sanctions should we fail to reach an agreement with Iran or if Iran fails to negotiate in good faith.  This in and of itself sounds reasonable--at least to American ears, and it might not nec

Netanyahu: "America is a thing that can be easily moved." (Video)

In 2001, Benjamin Netanyahu boasted about how he helped thwart the Oslo Peace Process.  He did not know he was being recorded when this video was made.  Pay especially close attention to 3:56 - 4:08 of the video where he says "America is a thing that can be easily moved."

 

 

Bibi Netanyahu, Man of Peace--or Polished Liar?

Bibi Netanyahu is a man of peace--or so he would have you believe.  He made a speech in 2009 at Bar Ilan University in which he laid out his vision of two-states, Israel and Palestine, existing side by side in peace.

 

Is the West Bank Occupied? A Response to Danny Ayalon

Those who want to build, build, build settlements in the West Bank and jeopardize any chance of Palestinians having a reasonably contiguous viable state--those who are just fine with forcing Palestinians to live under martial law in the West Bank--those who see nothing immoral with throwing Palestinians out of their homes and off their land, are desperate to deny that Palestinians have any claim to the land.  I want to address two of their biggest talking points in this post.  Before I discuss these issues I want you to watch the following video exchang

The Role of Religious Nationalism in the Palestinian Israeli Conflict

There is a perception by many in the West that Muslims and Jews have been at each other's throats for over a thousand years.  They believe that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been going on forever, and there is no hope for a peaceful resolution because Islam is a uniquely virulent religion.  This fundamentally misreads the situation--the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is relatively recent and is primarily a conflict over land, though the introduction of religious elements into the conflict makes the conflict much more dangerous and difficult to solve.  I will discuss how religion complicates finding a s

John Kerry blasts Israel Over Settlement Construction

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