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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

ARTICLES BY: Alexander Joffe

April 5, 2017 7:04 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Divestment Stalls, But Antisemitism Thrives

March was a complicated month for BDS efforts, with divestment resolutions, "Israeli Apartheid Week" activities, outbreaks of campus antisemitism and important political developments. Last month, BDS...

March 2, 2017 8:30 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Neo-Nazi and Islamic Antisemitism on the Rise

February was marked by antisemitic incidents both on and off campus, originating from both the far-Right and the far-Left. Neo-Nazi and Islamist antisemitism was evident,...

February 2, 2017 7:27 am

SPME BDS Monitor: A Month of Progress

January saw the new Trump administration articulate strong opposition to BDS. Some of the protests against the administration and its new temporary immigration restrictions saw the...

January 4, 2017 6:05 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Repercussions of the Obama Abstention at the UN Security Council

2016 was a bad year for BDS, with setbacks at universities and the state level. But the Obama administration’s unexpected decision to abstain from a United...

December 2, 2016 3:56 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Far-Left Groups Support BDS; US Congress Pushes Back

In the wake of the US presidential election, BDS supporters have joined some far-left anti-Trump protesters, and a BDS supporter became the leading candidate to head...

November 3, 2016 6:08 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Violence Occurs on College Campuses

The first violent BDS protest of the fall semester has now occurred. At the same time, Midwestern colleges and universities are now offering direct support to...

October 5, 2016 6:20 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Anti-Israel Activists Spring to Life on College Campuses

The 2016 academic year began with BDS activities moving into new areas on campus, Capitol Hill and within the progressive movement -- spreading the rejection of Israel...

September 5, 2016 6:49 am

SPME BDS Monitor: The Movement for Black Lives Officially Joins the Anti-Israel Bandwagon

August saw dramatic BDS developments as the Movement for Black Lives' accusations that Israel committed “genocide” alienated Jewish supporters. Hacked files showing that the Open Society...

August 4, 2016 5:30 am

SPME BDS Monitor: The Debate Comes to the Presidential Conventions

In July, BDS took center stage at the US presidential conventions. But important differences between the Republican and Democratic platforms regarding Israel reflect changes in...

July 4, 2016 6:30 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Boycott Suffers Setbacks, But Advances Elsewhere

The BDS movement suffered important setbacks in June. The membership of the American Anthropological Association voted down sweeping BDS resolutions but by a tiny margin....

June 3, 2016 3:42 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Boycott Movements Thrive on Campus and in Sanders Camp

The academic year closed with dramatic protests to shut down pro-Israel and free speech events. But other developments, the rejection of a BDS resolution and...

May 4, 2016 6:43 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Activists Try to Turn the World Against Israel

April saw confrontations emerge between faculty members opposed to BDS and academic organizations that have adopted BDS resolutions, including legal action, that took place between...

April 1, 2016 7:06 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Presidential Candidates Renounce Boycotts as Antisemitism Spreads

The BDS movement suffered major losses in March as politicians and legislators condemned the movement. Particularly important were condemnations from all remaining US presidential candidates,...

March 2, 2016 6:26 am

SPME BDS Monitor: Antisemitism Rises as States Fight Boycott Efforts

February saw dramatic setbacks for the BDS movement as legislators and politicians imposed restrictions and voiced unprecedented opposition. At the same time, BDS in universities...


New York Times Amends Palestinian Terrorist Barghouti’s Op-Ed Amid Outcry - A day after convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti wrote a New York...


Trumps Pledges to Release Tax Reform Package Next Week

President Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a "massive tax cut" under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week. In an interview with the Associated Press,...


Israeli PM Netanyahu at Jerusalem Meeting With Visiting US Defense Secretar...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that President Donald Trump’s recent actions in the Middle East are “a welcome change.” Netanyahu...

Middle East

Israeli Army Strikes Syria After Three Mortars Hit Golan Heights

The IDF announced on Friday evening that it had attacked the sources of three mortars fired into the northern Golan Heights earlier that day. Friday afternoon, a mortar shell exploded in...