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Dr. Alex Joffe is an archaeologist and historian specializing in the Middle East and contemporary international affairs. Educated at Cornell University and the University of Arizona, he is currently a Shillman-Ginsburg fellow of the Middle East Forum, a research scholar at the Institute for Community and Jewish Research, and a contributing writer for Jewish Ideas Daily. His web site is alexanderjoffe.net.

ARTICLES BY: Alexander Joffe

January 31, 2019 10:20 am

Pushing Aside Jewish Concerns About BDS

January saw the BDS-induced antisemitism crisis within the Women’s March reach its peak and a newly elected BDS supporter appointed to the House Foreign Affairs...

January 7, 2019 9:28 am

The BDS Fight Boils Over on Campus and Elsewhere

In December, the BDS movement continued to be a prominent political and campus issue, fully integrated into larger questions of antisemitism, free speech, and the...

November 30, 2018 11:36 am

BDS in Politics and on the College Campus

BDS news in November was dominated by the midterm elections. Several BDS supporters were elected to the House of Representatives, notably Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar,...

November 2, 2018 9:28 am

BDS Debates Rage on College Campuses

BDS news in October continued to be dominated by examples of institutions being subverted and manipulated by the BDS movement. Earlier this year, two University of...

October 3, 2018 8:56 am

Fall 2018: BDS Returns to Campus and Politics

As the academic year begins, controversy over the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism -- which includes demonization of Israel -- has now spread to...

September 26, 2018 11:44 am

Antisemitism in the West

Western political parties are undergoing an astonishing antisemitism crisis. The British Labour Party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn have been exposed as deeply and irrevocably...

September 3, 2018 1:22 pm

The Anti-Israel Effort Intensifies in Politics and on Campus

August’s major BDS issue was the continuation of the British Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis, which began more than two years ago. For instance, it was...

August 1, 2018 3:50 pm

BDS Advocates Try to Split the Jewish Community From Israel

In July, the BDS movement accelerated its efforts to divide the American Jewish community from Israel and intensify internal divisions in the latter. Two incidents in...

July 16, 2018 12:29 pm

Palestinian Sovereignty After Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ recent illnesses have again raised the issue of his successor. This festering problem highlights contradictory aspects of Palestinian political...

July 3, 2018 11:36 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Connections to Terror and Poisoning Jewish Youth

During the summer, the focus of BDS has become the international arena. Israeli officials revealed that most global BDS organizations have connections to terrorism through individuals...

June 1, 2018 10:53 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Antisemitism Rises on Campus

The academic year ended with sudden late pushes for BDS resolutions and associated protests. While there were notable wins for BDS in student government, the...

May 3, 2018 3:30 pm

SPME BDS Monitor: Boycott Efforts Intensify on Campus

April was an extremely active month for BDS thanks to the confluence of Passover, "Apartheid Week," Israeli Independence Day, and Israel’s 70th anniversary. Several BDS...

April 1, 2018 2:28 pm

SPME BDS Monitor: Campus Protests, Labour Party and More

March saw a variety of BDS efforts on campus, some timed to coincide with "Apartheid Week" and the Easter-Passover season. At the same time, BDS-inspired...

March 4, 2018 9:28 am

SPME BDS Monitor: A Rapid Descent Into Antisemitism

Disparate BDS events in February suggest that the anti-Israel boycott movement is being forced to reorient itself due to unprecedented pushback. This included US pressure that...


Israeli Director Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Berlinale

Nadav Lapid's "Synonyms," an anarchic story about an Israeli who tries to suppress his...

Why Matthew Broderick Wanted to Star in a Buddy Film About Jewish Mourning

Matthew Broderick’s comedic talent on screen is unquestionable. But starring in a film...


Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev

JNS.org - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...

Has the US Intelligence Community Misread Iran’s Nuclear Program?

JNS.org - Donald Trump clashed with the intelligence community last week over the...

Israelis Get Inside the Huddle and Embrace American Football

JNS.org - Many Israelis came to work bleary-eyed on Monday morning, having stayed up all night watching the New England...


Hebrew University Distances Itself From Lecturer Who Said Palestinian Kids ...

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem distanced itself from a professor who claimed that the Israeli military was using Palestinian children...


UK and Israel Sign Post-Brexit Free Trade Deal

The United Kingdom and Israel finalized a post-Brexit free trade agreement on Monday. British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox flew to Israel for the signing of the deal,...

Middle East

Netanyahu: Arab Countries Know Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Can’t Be ...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Monday in Jerusalem with a visiting Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish...