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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

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...

February 5, 2018 3:06 pm

SPME BDS Monitor: Israel Bans Boycott Groups, More Positive Developments

January was shaped by the Israeli decision to ban high-profile BDS activists from the country -- as well as a series of embarrassing missteps by the...

January 8, 2018 12:46 pm

SPME BDS Monitor: Outrage on Jerusalem

In December, the most important BDS-related developments came in the wake of the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This designation will eventually...

December 5, 2017 5:52 pm

SPME BDS Monitor: Anti-Israel Activity Increases on Campus

The BDS movement advanced nationally in November, with anti-Israel legislation introduced in the US Congress. The results of such resolutions on campus, however, were mixed -- suggesting...


Public Charter Schools Put Benefits of Teaching Hebrew to the Test - Now in its ninth year, the Hebrew Public network of 13...

Hungarian Jews Examine Long-Lost Identity, and a JCC Is There to Help Them - Many Jews in Hungary are discovering their roots for the first...

IDF Enlistment Officer Has ‘Moving Encounters’ with North American Jewish Youths - “That was a real wow for me,” said Lt.-Col. Tzachi Revivo,...


Trump Stands by Saudi Prince Despite Journalist Khashoggi’s Murder

President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia despite saying that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the plan to murder dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi...


On Visit to Golan, IDF Chief Praises Efforts to Keep Iran From Establishing...

Israel will continue to act to thwart the transfer of advanced Iranian weaponry to Hezbollah, the IDF chief of staff...

Middle East

Zarif: Europe Struggling to Set Up Trading Vehicle for Iran

European countries are finding it difficult to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to allow non-dollar trade with Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday, according to...