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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

August 2, 2020 4:33 am

Annexation Proposal Leads to More Support for BDS

In contrast to June, when BDS was focused on alleged Israeli culpability for police violence in the US, in July anger was generated over reports...

July 2, 2020 5:15 am

BDS and Palestinian Propagandists Seize the Moment to Attack Israel

In a sudden shift from blaming Israel and Jews for the coronavirus pandemic, BDS news in June was dominated by the killing of George Floyd...

June 1, 2020 6:26 am

Despite Coronavirus, BDS Debate Continues on Campus and Elsewhere

The academic year ended with colleges and universities locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The impact on BDS activities, especially Israeli Apartheid Week and...

April 30, 2020 7:06 am

Global Antisemitism Rises as Pandemic Spreads

The leading BDS news for April was the movement’s attack on Israel’s response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Following the approach of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, leading...

April 21, 2020 6:12 am

Coronavirus: A Sputnik Moment for Science Education

On October 4, 1957 a 58cm-diameter sphere became the first object launched into space. The Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 satellite transmitted signals to earth for...

April 2, 2020 8:04 am

Coronavirus Temporarily Slows Campus BDS Efforts

The coronavirus pandemic that began in China has now engulfed the entire world. Among the casualties was higher education in North America. Campuses have shut...

March 3, 2020 7:12 am

Fighting BDS at the UN, ICC, and on Campus

The leading BDS event of February was the long awaited publication by the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of a...

February 27, 2020 5:21 am

Bernie Sanders, AIPAC, and Israel

Leading US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has announced that he will not attend the 2020 AIPAC policy conference, saying, “The Israeli people have the...

January 31, 2020 11:01 am

Complaints on Antisemitism Executive Order Highlight Climate on Campus

The new Executive Order extending protections to Jewish students under the 1964 Civil Rights Act has generated a number of complaints to the Department of...

January 7, 2020 9:41 am

Anti-BDS Effort Buoyed by New Executive Order

The most important BDS-related development last month was an announcement by the Trump administration of an Executive Order expanding protections to Jewish and other students...

December 22, 2019 11:06 am

The Implications of the British Election for Jews and Israel - For Britain’s Jews, the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis was a paramount issue. The crisis, which began with BDS in Labour groups on university...

December 3, 2019 1:50 pm

Professors Continue to Advocate for BDS on Campus

BDS activities on campus in November included a number of events sponsored by academic units. Among the most notable was a conference by the “University...

November 22, 2019 2:59 pm

Trump and the ‘Settlements’: A Preliminary Analysis

The Trump administration’s repudiation of established Obama-era policies that considered Israeli communities across the 1949 Armistice Line (the “Green Line”) “inconsistent with international law” has...

November 3, 2019 6:02 am

BDS Returns to Campus

In October, the focus of BDS shifted back to campus. In a demonstration of how BDS has permeated all aspects of campus life, BDS activists...


Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

Masa Israel Journey, a leader in immersive international experiences in Israel founded by the Jewish Agency and government of Israel,...

Checking in on COVID-19 and Jewish Seniors - As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged on, America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of...

Celebrating the Banai Family and the History of Israel in Jerusalem - Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the...


Group Representing Jews From Middle East and North Africa Slams California&...

A group representing Jews from the Middle East and North Africa criticized California’s new proposed ethnic studies curriculum for failing...


Israeli Finance Ministry: It Could Take Five Years to Recover From Economic...

Israel’s Ministry of Finance threw cold water on the possibility of a rapid economic recovery on Sunday, with the publication...

Middle East

Iran Says It Has Detained US-Based Opposition Leader Over 2008 Bomb Attack

Iran said on Saturday its intelligence services have detained a US-based leader of a pro-monarchist group whom it accused of being behind a deadly 2008 bombing and of plotting other...

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