ISRAEL MUSINGS: OP-EDS & ARTICLES
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Posted by bonniekgoodman on January 5, 2015
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Posted by bonniekgoodman on January 30, 2014
Source: JTA, 2-5-13
The Israel Action Network released a new manual aimed at fighting the delegitimization of Israel.
The advocacy group created by the Jewish Federations of North America put out a document called IAN FACTS aimed at countering efforts to isolate the Jewish state….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on February 5, 2013
Source: LAT, 11-19-12
Supporters of Israel and the Palestinians clashed during a rally Sunday outside the Federal Building in Westwood. No arrests were made, but one person suffered a broken arm and Wilshire Boulevard was closed for a time, officials said….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on November 19, 2012
Posted by bonniekgoodman on July 26, 2012
Source: JTA, 7-17-12
Despite its pro-Israel voice, many Jews remain wary of Christians United for Israel and its evangelical adherents….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on July 17, 2012
The president of the Committee of the Coordination of Jewish Organizations in Belgium (CCOJB) denounced the Free University of Brussels (ULB) for recognizing the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions movement against Israel as a legitimate student forum.
While the proposal was submitted about a year ago, it was recently included in the agenda of a Board meeting held on 21st May 2012. A debate was held with the majority of Board member voting in favor of recognizing BDS as a ULB student framework.
“I don’t understand the attitude of the administrative council,” Maurice Sosnowski, head of the CCOJB, told the Belgian daily La Libre, according to The European Jewish Press.
“This decision calls ULB’s credibility into question, as it is the sole European institution to have admitted a BDS presence in its walls,” he said. “Not even Great Britain and Ireland have taken such negative steps. I would add that it’s not really an organization, but a local branch of an international movement. Its creation was not at all accidental and was purely politically driven. We are far from having open debates (there) and rather in an isolated position.”
Sosnowski condemned the university saying, “Two years ago, BDS requested a stand at a welcome reception for students, but the Vice-Chancellor refused them at the time.” He added that, “in Belgium there is no longer an anti-boycott law, as opposed to in France where even (far-left wing anti-Israel politician) Martine Aubry has taken a firm stand against the boycott”.
“Few people at ULB seem to know that 39 Nobel Prize winners of different origins have spoken out against the BDS movement,” he continued. “The idea of an academic boycott is the worst thing to present itself in a university that wishes to have world-wide appeal. It is even worse considering that (Flemish Prime Minister) Kris Peeters is leading the Vice-Chancellors of Flemish universities in a trip to Israel to prepare for increased bilateral relations (with Israeli institutions). It’s not really the time for ULB to distance itself from its Israel counterparts”.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on June 6, 2012