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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 7, 2020 9:41 am
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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
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The Implications of the British Election for Jews and Israel

JNS.org - 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
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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
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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
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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...

October 17, 2019 5:49 am
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BDS, Antisemitism, and Class

Class has emerged as one of the most important features of global politics. Predictably, antisemitism and the boycott-Israel movement are enmeshed in class-based patterns of...

October 3, 2019 6:17 am
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Progress on Antisemitism and BDS at the UN and Women’s March

In the war against BDS, the most recent development in academia was the Department of Education censure of Duke University and the University of North...

September 1, 2019 12:35 pm
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BDS Proponents Push for Publicity as New School Year Looms

The most important BDS incident in August was the refusal by Israel to admit two leading BDS supporters, Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar...

August 18, 2019 5:15 am
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The Tlaib-Omar Trainwreck: An Early Assessment

The last-minute Israeli decision to ban US members of Congress and prominent BDS supporters Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is the culmination of a drama...

August 1, 2019 6:35 am
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Amid Campus Battles, BDS Loses on the National Stage

The focus of July’s BDS activities remained firmly in the political sphere. Most notable were a series of BDS resolutions introduced in Congress, both opposed...

July 2, 2019 5:45 am
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BDS Spreads Through Community Organizations and K-12

Mainstreaming antisemitism through BDS and anti-Zionism progressed in June as academics defended attacking Israel. Pushing back against anti-Israel bias has serious costs, but the impunity...

June 2, 2019 5:53 am
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BDS Continues to Normalize Antisemitism on Campus and Elsewhere

The most prominent aspect of BDS in May was the expanded policing on college campuses of pro-Israel support. At DePaul University, the faculty council officially...

May 1, 2019 11:36 am
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BDS Expands on Campus After ‘Apartheid Week’ and Other Incidents

Anti-Israel activities reached a peak in April, with BDS resolutions being considered at a number of schools, and with "Israel Apartheid Week" events at several...

April 1, 2019 6:33 am
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BDS Continues on Campus, While Some Democrats Take on Omar and Tlaib

BDS activity on college campuses increased sharply in March. The most consequential move was the decision by a mixed faculty-student body at Pitzer College to...

Culture

Roy Nissany Becomes Israel’s First Formula One Driver

JNS.org - Roy Nissany will become the official test driver for the Williams Group, making him Israel’s very first Formula...

Eyewitness to Horror: New York Museum Opens Exhibit of Art by Holocaust Victims

Michael Morris, a curator at New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage, was trying...

Aharon Appelfeld’s ‘To The Edge of Sorrow’ Asks the Right Questions

The Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld died in 2018. His novel To the Edge...

Features

From Harlem to Tel Aviv: Aulcie Perry’s Basketball Journey

Legendary basketball player Aulcie Perry’s life has been remarkable on and off the court.  This African-American athlete’s life changed dramatically after...

Kids in the Kitchen Light Up Hanukkah

JNS.org - Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is one of those holidays that takes over everything. The pantry overflows with...

Give It Up for the (Israeli) Kids: Hanukkah and Charity Drives

JNS.org - The staff and volunteers at Yad Ezra V’Shulamit’s children’s center in Jerusalem began noticing that one little girl...

World

‘I Can Truly Understand the Emotion’: French Justice Minister O...

France's justice minister told a leading Jewish newspaper this week that she was "particularly touched" by the case of Sarah...

Israel

Over 10 Percent of Israelis Make Weekly Use of Bikes and E-Scooters, Report...

Ctech - Approximately 12 percent of Israelis use bikes, electric bicycles, and electric scooters on a weekly basis, according to...

Middle East

UN Says Around 350,0000 Syrians Have Fled Russian-Led Assault in Idlib

Around 350,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December, and have sought shelter in border areas near Turkey,...

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