Turning a Corner in Public Opinion toward Israeli Occupation

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by James J. Zogby U.S. supporters of Israel are in a bind: public opinion is changing; there are more actors publicly challenging Israel; and the crude, heavy-handed tactics they have successfully used in the past to silence criticism now only… Continue Reading  

Criticism of Israeli Policy Is Not Anti-Semitic

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by James J. Zogby I was provoked to write this discussion of what is and what isn’t anti-Semitism by an article in Ha’aretz on the “controversy” created by the awarding of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to George P.… Continue Reading  

Stop Abusing State Power to Quash Palestinian Activism on Campus

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by Sahar Aziz The re-opening of a seven-year-old Department of Education (DOE) complaint against Rutgers University alleging anti-Semitism, perpetuates a false stereotype that Israel represents all Jews in America. The 2011 event hosted by Palestinian rights groups, which include Jewish students, featured speeches… Continue Reading  

Fear of an Irish Settlement Boycott

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by Mitchell Plitnick The Irish Senate passed a bill last week that would criminalize doing any business, in goods or services, with Israeli settlements. As with most legislation that concerns Israeli settlement activity, the bill is already highly controversial. Supporters… Continue Reading  

The Natalie Portman Affair

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by Daniel Amir A familiar scene on the Internet and in countless homes in Israel takes place as follows. A non-Israeli resident (or Israeli ex-pat) will make a statement critical of Israel’s foreign or domestic policy. Israelis will inevitably respond:… Continue Reading