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New Jewish Studies Zionist Network is Taking a Stance

30.06.22 Editorial Note On June 16, the IAM received an announcement from a group of scholars titled “The Jewish Studies Zionist Network.”  The group comprises scholars and educators in the field of Jewish Studies who “affirm that Zionism is a legitimate movement for the national self-determination of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland.” Members … Continue reading New Jewish Studies Zionist Network is Taking a Stance

Boycott Attempt of BGU Honorary Doctorate to European Commissioner

    23.06.22 Editorial Note Last week, Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission President, received an honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Beer-Sheva.   BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz told her, “We bestow the doctorate honoris causa upon individuals who exemplify the characteristics that we wish to hold up as inspiration to our students, and as … Continue reading Boycott Attempt of BGU Honorary Doctorate to European Commissioner

Ariella Azoulay Promoting the Boston Mapping Project

16.06.22Editorial Note Prof. Ariella Azoulay, a former Israeli academic at Brown University, has promoted the highly controversial Boston Mapping Project. Azoulay, a radical pro-Palestinian activist who even adopted the name Aisha, was offered a position at Brown, where she has engaged in countless anti-Israeli activities, including BDS.   By far, the Boston Mapping Project has … Continue reading Ariella Azoulay Promoting the Boston Mapping Project

Academic Boycotts: The Technion

Editorial Note 08.06.22 Last month, the Israeli media reported that the Israeli Foreign Ministry prevented a boycott of researchers from the Technion at an international conference on civil engineering in Jordan earlier in May. The conference was organized by the International Association of Civil Engineers in collaboration with Al-Zaytoonah University in Jordan, the host of … Continue reading Academic Boycotts: The Technion

Israeli Academics Call Belgium to Boycott West Bank Goods

02.06.22 Editorial Note Several prominent Israeli academics sent a letter addressing Belgian officials: Prof. Miki Kratsman, Prof. Moty Heiblum, Prof. David Shulman, Prof. Yehoshua Kolodny, Prof. Emeritus Elie Barnavi, and Prof. Oded Goldreich. The letter urged Belgium to cut economic ties with Israeli settlements in the West Bank, stating that:  “Whilst we are encouraged by … Continue reading Israeli Academics Call Belgium to Boycott West Bank Goods

Van Leer Jerusalem: The Institute of Enabling Antisemitism

26.05.22 Editorial Note Several months ago, IAM reported that the Van Leer Institute had espoused the so-called Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA) to respond to the widely accepted definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The IHRA definition has proved to be a valuable tool for all those concerned by the alarming rise of … Continue reading Van Leer Jerusalem: The Institute of Enabling Antisemitism

Nakba Day Demonstrations at Tel Aviv University and Academia for Equality

18.05.22 Editorial Note A few days ago, Arab students and staff demonstrated at Tel Aviv University’s Antin Square, marking Nakba Day. Nakba Day is set to express anger at the foundation of the State of Israel, describing it as a “catastrophe.” Protesters demand Palestinians’ right to return to their former homes in what is now … Continue reading Nakba Day Demonstrations at Tel Aviv University and Academia for Equality

Drawbacks to BDS in Canada, Germany, and Britain

12.05.22 Editorial note Some crucial developments concerning Israel that occurred in the last few days are worthy of attention. In Canada, McGill University has warned the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) after students voted overwhelmingly for the “Palestine Solidarity Policy last month.” The resolution commits SSMU to take a stand against “Israel’s system of … Continue reading Drawbacks to BDS in Canada, Germany, and Britain

Abusing Academic Position: Anat Matar as a Case in Point

06.05.22 Editorial Note Dr. Anat Matar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, has recently hit the news with her Facebook post ahead of Independence Day. Her post referred to the many Israeli flags hanging from the ceiling of the Library of Humanities at Tel Aviv University, and she stated, “this is … Continue reading Abusing Academic Position: Anat Matar as a Case in Point

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