ASA members MUST READ
Are you a member of the American Studies Association? Did it speak for you when it declared an academic boycott of Israel?
It has put the resolution to a vote of the ASA membership, encouraging members to endorse the resolution, but agreeing to withdraw the resolution if a majority votes in opposition to the idea of an academic boycott of Israel.
Let your voice be counted. All voting must be completed by 11:59pm EST on December 15, 2013
ASA MEMBER REFERENDUM ON THE RESOLUTION ON THE ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL
- Members of the American Studies Association please vote NO to the resolution
- If you have a colleague, friend, neighbour, relative, etc. who is a member of the American Studies Association please encourage them to vote NO.
- Like and share Mark Rice’s letter (extra credit)
- Why I Am Opposed to an Academic Boycott of Israel, Mark Rice, Professor and chair of the Department of American Studies, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, Huffington Post, COLLEGE, 6th December 2013
- American Studies Association endorses BDS (poster), Elder of Ziyyon, 4th December 2013
- What Does the American Studies Association’s Israel Boycott Mean for Academic Freedom? Michelle Goldberg, The Nation, 6th December 2013
- American Studies Association leaders endorse boycott of Israeli universities, JTA, Jerusalem Post, 5th December 2013
Graphic: Elder of Ziyyon
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BBC labels manipulate the reader
The media organisation that finds using the word ‘terrorist’ an unacceptable value judgement has no trouble with ‘far-right’.
Thanks to the world’s largest news organisation we now know that Avigdor Liberman is far-right and Rouhani is moderate conservative. The BBC has ruled, so it must be beyond all argument. No accused-by-critics or usually-considered weasel words here.
This not an attack or defence of Knesset Member and Minister for Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman. Five Minutes for Israel avoids Israeli domestic politics, particularly for those who can be considered within the broad definition of Zionists. We oppose misleading labeling of Israeli politicians, which operates as a subtle tool of the Destroy Israel Lobby. The BBC should know better. Continue reading
Reflections on an Armenia trip
Armenia, I must confess, wasn’t my first choice as a holiday destination. Nor was it my second but while there I discovered many points of connection between Armenia and Israel. Armenians and Israelis have much more in common than I dreamt. Continue reading
Methodists & Israel
Mainstream Protestant churches today, such as the Methodists, are generally anti Israel, even though they may make a pretense of neutrality. This article investigates some of the misconceptions and conceits as to why this might be so. Continue reading
Reporting the News
A 75-year-old workaholic; under constant stress; never took a holiday; never exercised; known for poor hygiene and even poorer diet. He was a major recipient of 2nd-hand smoke; suffered from poorly treated chronic diseases and probably years of unsafe sexual practises. He died. Quelle surprise?
Two news organisations reported on the news release from Russia that no polonium was found in Yasser Arafat’s body. Hard to believe they were dealing with the same story. Five Minutes for Israel saved these screen grabs for posterity. Continue reading
Foreign Affairs Committee to meet Minister Costello.
Not that Costello
Irish for Israel have asked me to publicise this letter. Send your emails now.
Tomorrow (Wed 16th) the Irish Foreign Affairs Committee is to meet with Minister Costello who recently traveled to Gaza.
Minister Costello is very one sided as is his wife Emer Costello MEP.
We ask that you take 5 minutes and write a short email to the Committee.
Consider raising the following points. Continue reading
The Methodist Church in Britain claims they are preparing a report on BDS. They are preparing prepare a briefing document for Methodists on the arguments for and against the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement. We must take them at their word and make sure the anti BDS arguments are well represented.
Five Minutes for Israel responds
Everybody, Take the survey online. Responses are required by 08.00 am, Monday 4 November 2013.
There is no need to copy anyone’s responses but mine may give you some ideas. As usual, 5MFI responses are in green. Continue reading
Oslo Accords – Success and/or failure
Tel Aviv University
20 June 2013
Mea Culpa. I attended the conference in June and promised to blog. Here am I more than four months later, still writing. It’s become like an irritating term paper you finish on principle after you have passed the course, without it. Much of it was finished it off in my hotel room in Yerevan, Armenia (blog to come) so if it’s scrappy, so be it.
Thanks to Caroline Glick’s Israel’s twenty year nightmare for the inspiration to complete the job. Whats a few extra months in twenty years? Continue reading
Dr. Boaz Ganor – The Definition of Terrorism: A Fundamental Counter-Terrorism Measure
Boaz Ganor’s closing remarks at the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism at my alma mater, IDC, Herzliya. Share the link to his video widely. Read his letter. Continue reading
Yasser Abbas libel case dismissed
The critics who look at every alleged Israeli infraction through a distorted microscope and every Palestinian one with the lens cap on will ignore this. The libel case against an analyst who accused Mahmud Abbas’s sons of profiting from corruption, their father’s, has been dismissed. Continue reading