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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


November 2, 2017 12:32 pm
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SPME BDS Monitor: The Movement Returns to Campus

In October, BDS was characterized by "intersectional" accusations and a variety of assaults on free speech, university and Jewish organizations. Among the most odious were...

October 4, 2017 4:58 pm
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SPME BDS Monitor: Hate Arises on US College Campuses

The BDS movement on campus has swiftly aligned itself with "antifa" protests against "white supremacy," which usually accuse Israel and its supporters of being racists...

September 4, 2017 3:04 pm
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SPME BDS Monitor: The Coming Year on Campus

August saw the violent collision of politics and culture in American life, with the BDS movement playing the spoiler. The riots between neo-Nazis and white...

August 2, 2017 4:14 pm
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SPME BDS Monitor: Boycott Marches on, but Double Standards Become Painfully Clear

The BDS movement has been stymied in the political arena by legislative initiatives. But through deliberate obfuscation, new efforts to expand anti-boycott legislation have now...

July 4, 2017 1:26 pm
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SPME BDS Monitor: Academic Situation Improves, Cultural Sphere Worsens

With the school year over, the focus of BDS activity has moved to other parts of the academic ecosystem. One of the most important developments...

June 2, 2017 3:47 pm
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SPME BDS Monitor: School Year Ends With Defeats for Boycott Movement, But There Are Challenges Ahead

The spring semester ended with several BDS resolutions being defeated in student governments, usually after many hours of debate. The ability of defeat BDS resolutions...

May 8, 2017 4:37 pm
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SPME BDS Monitor: Boycott Movement Advances in April

A pro-BDS resolution at the University of Wisconsin was indefinitely postponed after six hours of debate. The debate included an angry walkout by campus delegates disgusted by...

April 5, 2017 7:04 am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Culture

Australian Rock Star Nick Cave to Boycotters: ‘I Love Israel’

JNS.org – Australian rock star Nick Cave is facing backlash from BDS supporters following...

A Contemporary Renaissance for Jewish Art

Every year, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem hosts an open house, where the entire building is...

Miss Israel, Miss Iraq Find ‘Peace and Love’ Amid Mideast Tensions

JNS.org – In a rare sign of Middle East solidarity, Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman and...

Features

NATO States and Israel Share Urban Warfare Insights

JNS.org - Representatives from 12 NATO countries recently visited Israel to take part in a first-of-its-kind conference on the challenges...

Syrian Women Seeking Medical Aid ‘Love’ Israel, See Its ‘True Face’

JNS.org - Unprecedented video footage broadcast on Israeli television on Sunday showed Syrian women and children...

Former Israeli General and Ex-State Department Official Clash Over Peace Obstacles

JNS.org - A former Israeli general and an ex-State Department official presented sharply differing views...

World

Chabad Centers to Open in Uganda, Laos, Montenegro

JNS.org – The Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement on Sunday announced that it will open three new centers -- in Uganda, Montenegro and Laos. The announcement was made at the annual International Conference of...

Israel

Israeli Minister Looks to Disqualify Pro-BDS Groups From National Service P...

JNS.org – Israeli Strategic Affairs and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Monday sent a letter to Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel,...

Middle East

Lebanon’s Army Chief Warns of ‘Israeli Threat,’ Urges Readine...

JNS.org – Lebanon’s army chief on Tuesday warned of an “Israeli threat” and urged his soldiers to be ready for a...

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