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Melissa Landa Ph.D has been addressing the pernicious tactics and goals of the BDS campaign for four years. Most recently, she founded and directs the new anti-BDS organization, Alliance for Israel. The diverse leadership and membership of Alliance for Israel reflects Melissa's teaching and research on cultural competence and anti-bias education as a former Assistant Clinical Professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. Melissa taught courses about music as a form of social protest in apartheid South Africa (where she grew up); attitudes and beliefs about the "Other"; and she created and led a University of Maryland short-term education abroad program in Israel that explored the immigration and acculturation experiences of Ethiopian Jews. Melissa earned her B.A from Oberlin College, her M.A. from Tufts University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and is the author of two books, articles in peer-reviewed journals, and numerous op-eds. [email protected]

ARTICLES BY: Melissa Landa


January 7, 2020 9:16 am
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After Antisemitic Attacks, a Call for Moral Clarity on the Left

On Sunday, tens of thousands of people gathered in New York City to march across the Brooklyn Bridge and send a unified message against antisemitism....

December 19, 2019 2:33 pm
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Jewish Students Have Endured Enough

The Executive Order that President Donald Trump signed on December 11 provides Jewish students the same protections granted to other minority groups under Title VI...

November 20, 2019 2:38 pm
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At Oberlin and Elsewhere, Anti-Zionism Is Not a Valid Viewpoint

Discrimination and harassment of Jews by pro-BDS groups like Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace is rampant on many campuses. While...

November 14, 2019 7:57 am
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Antisemitism Is Real — We Must Fight It Loud and Proud

Jews are under assault in the United States. White nationalists are marking the landscape with a trail of blood and swastikas, desecrating Jewish tombstones, and...

October 24, 2019 7:13 am
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In Rochester and Elsewhere, Jewish Organizations Must Forcefully Fight Anti-Zionists

The “Witness Palestine Film Festival” in Rochester, New York, is now celebrating its eighth year. In past years, the event lasted for one week and...

September 26, 2019 4:22 am
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The United Nations Delegitimizes BDS

The United Nations' Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, just released a report titled, “Combatting Antisemitism to Eliminate Discrimination and Intolerance...

September 19, 2019 6:44 am
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We Must Fight BDS Lies and Manipulation on Campus

Over the last few years, thousands of Americans Jewish adolescents who were raised in Zionist households have been taught that Israel is unworthy of their...

August 29, 2019 5:05 am
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Why Jews Should Experience the Palestinian Perspective

For 30 years, I have been an anti-bias educator, and for five years, I have been an anti-BDS activist. Yet only recently have I discovered...

August 13, 2019 8:05 am
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Israel Is Not an ‘Apartheid’ State — Here’s the Proof

Since the claim that Israel is an apartheid state was broadcast in 2001 in Durban, South Africa -- the land where I was born and...

July 30, 2019 6:24 am
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Taxpayer-Funded Israel Hate in Takoma Park, Maryland

On Tuesday, July 23, the municipality of Takoma Park, Maryland, spent taxpayer dollars to screen a vicious and dishonest film about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The...

May 28, 2019 7:00 am
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Standing Up to Antisemitism in Queens, and Calling on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Do the Same

Raja Abdulhaq and Nerdeen Kiswani were scheduled to speak at the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, Queens on the evening of May 14. Caleb...

May 13, 2019 6:27 am
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An Episcopal Church in New York Is About to Host Two Virulently Anti-Israel Speakers

On Tuesday May 14, the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Astoria, Queens is scheduled to hold an event called “Palestinian Expulsion and Resistance: The Nakba, BDS,...

May 8, 2019 7:18 am
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Linda Sarsour Preaches Hate and Intolerance at UMass

On May 4, five members of the Alliance for Israel and I attended an event at UMass that featured Linda Sarsour, Roger Waters, and Marc...

May 3, 2019 10:16 am
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A Guide Book of How to Effectively Fight BDS

On the evening of April 24, I learned that a panel was scheduled to foster a “community dialogue” on “Palestine and Social Justice” at the...

Culture

Seth Rogen Stars Opposite Himself in New Trailer for ‘An American Pickle’

The first trailer for "An American Pickle," a comedic film starring Seth Rogen...

Israeli Actress Shira Haas Says Season 3 ‘Shtisel’ Script Brought Her to Tears

Israeli actress and "Shtisel" star Shira Haas got emotional reading the...

Features

The Overnight Camp Summer That Wasn’t

JNS.org - Dahlia Jones was looking forward to this summer. For six years, she’s been attending Eisner Camp, and this...

Jewish Day Schools Adapt to COVID-19

JNS.org - On a recent June night, 25 people, primarily young children, sat on their couches and watched as a...

Israel

Israel Says ‘Not Necessarily’ Behind All Iran Nuclear Site Inci...

Israel's defense minister said on Sunday it is not "necessarily" behind every mysterious incident in Iran, after a fire at...

Middle East

UAE Restructures Government, Seeking More Agility as It Deals With Coronavi...

The United Arab Emirates announced a broad government restructuring on Sunday for more "agile and swift" decision-making following the coronavirus...

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