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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


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...

September 5, 2016 6:49 am
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SPME BDS Monitor: The Movement for Black Lives Officially Joins the Anti-Israel Bandwagon

August saw dramatic BDS developments as the Movement for Black Lives' accusations that Israel committed “genocide” alienated Jewish supporters. Hacked files showing that the Open Society...

August 4, 2016 5:30 am
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SPME BDS Monitor: The Debate Comes to the Presidential Conventions

In July, BDS took center stage at the US presidential conventions. But important differences between the Republican and Democratic platforms regarding Israel reflect changes in...

Culture

New Biography of Philanthropist Fails to Ask Key Jewish Questions (REVIEW)

JNS.org - Professor Hasia Diner has a well-earned reputation as an insightful historian. But...

Conan O’Brien Tries Winning Over Israeli Woman While Covered in Dead Sea Mud

Conan O'Brien shared on his late night talk show on Monday a video...

15,000 People Attend Largest-Ever Israeli Cultural Festival in Europe

JNS.org - The largest-ever Israeli cultural event in Europe, TLV in LDN, attracted some...

Features

The Unheard Story: Bulgaria’s Rescue of 50,000 Jews During the Holocaust

You have probably heard of "Schindler’s List" -- Steven Spielberg’s movie, which brought to life...

IDF’s Underground Gaza Wall May Change Hamas Terror Strategies

Time may be running out for one of Hamas' main weapons against Israel:...

World

Puerto Rico Synagogues Cancel High Holiday Services Ahead of Hurricane Mari...

As volunteers worked feverishly to tape the exposed windows of San Juan’s Temple Beth Shalom with plastic film and carry...

Israel

Israel Closes West Bank, Gaza Strip for Rosh Hashanah

The IDF announced on Tuesday that it will put in place a closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, ahead of the holiday...

Middle East

Iran-Sponsored Hackers Said to Be Targeting Companies in US, Middle East, A...

A private cybersecurity firm has identified what it says is a hacking group sponsored by the Iranian government that has...

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