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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

February 7, 2021 1:17 pm

Biden’s Foreign Policy: A Preliminary Assessment - It is customary to give new US administrations a grace period before assessing their policies, but no administration in modern history has changed...

February 1, 2021 7:00 am

The Fights Against BDS and for IHRA Converge

January was marked by unprecedented political unrest in the US, following the presidential election and rioting in Washington. The incoming Biden administration has not yet...

January 5, 2021 4:56 am

The Fight Against BDS Enters 2021

The year 2020 saw the BDS movement pushed back to academia and progressive politics. The normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco,...

November 30, 2020 6:29 am

BDS Faces Setbacks Amid New Political Landscape

The November election produced a mixed result for the BDS movement. The pro-BDS faction in the House of Representatives was enlarged, but large gains for...

October 1, 2020 5:59 am

Normalization Throws a Wrench Into BDS

The most important BDS development in September was the signing of normalization agreements by Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Intense "outside in"...

September 1, 2020 5:14 am

The Fall Semester Begins — and So Does BDS

The fall semester begins this year with higher education in limbo. Colleges and universities are split between virtual and in-person semesters, with the latter balanced...

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...


Jewish Twitter Users Mock ‘Serious Eats’ Ham on Bagel Combination

Jewish Twitter users mercilessly poked fun at a recipe on a popular food...

‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Shares Throwback Purim Photo From Childhood

Israeli actress Shira Haas shared with her Instagram followers on Thursday a photo...


Israeli Locust Slayers Train Ethiopians to Save Crops - Some call it a plague. Yoav Motro calls it a war. The enemies are the huge armies of desert...

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All for Lonely Senior Citizens - “Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these...

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...


Can Tesla Conquer Israel Without Storefronts?

CTech - The electric car manufacturer Tesla is entering the Israeli market, but there are no signs that it’s planning to open a classic dealership. An official map of service...

Middle East

Israel, Bahrain Sign Historic Postal Agreement - Following the announcement in January that the Emirates Post Group would add Israel to its operations network, the Israel Post will now begin to send and receive packages...

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