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To Critics of the Academic Boycott of Israel: What About Academic Freedom for the Children of Gaza?
David Palumbo-Liu, Salon

To Critics of the Academic Boycott of Israel: What About Academic Freedom for the Children of Gaza?

It has been nearly a decade since the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement started in 2005, seeking justice and rights for Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories. It has steadily increased in size and force; one recent sign of its growing strength and influence is that both national governments, and states within the U.S., have issued declarations against it.

Apartheid in Israel is About More Than Just Segregated Buses
Aeyal Gross, Haaretz

Apartheid in Israel is About More Than Just Segregated Buses

South Africa used to distinguish between two types of apartheid. The first, called “petty” apartheid, included the separation of public amenities like public benches, bathrooms and public transportation. The second, called “grand” apartheid, included the division of territory and political rights, under which separate areas were allocated in which blacks were forced to live.

Wrongfully Treating Academic Debate as Anti-Semitism
Saree Makdisi, Los Angeles Times

Wrongfully Treating Academic Debate as Anti-Semitism

The principle of academic freedom at our universities is under attack by those seeking to shield Israel from criticism by silencing dissent, shutting down discussion and imposing a stifling atmosphere of intimidation at the University of California, in particular. A coordinated set of petitions, including a letter signed by 57 rabbis, asks UC administrators to adopt...

Criticism of Israel: When Does Free Speech Become Anti-Semitism?
KCRW-FM

Criticism of Israel: When Does Free Speech Become Anti-Semitism?

Heated clashes over Israeli policies toward the Palestinians have led to accusations of bigotry at American colleges, including campuses of the University of California. Now the Regents are being asked to adopt the US State Department's definition of anti-Semitism. Is it a fair standard for discipline or a limitation on free speech? We hear a debate.

Gaza Economy on the Verge of Collapse, Youth Unemployment Highest in the Region at 60 Percent
The World Bank

Gaza Economy on the Verge of Collapse, Youth Unemployment Highest in the Region at 60 Percent

Blockades, war and poor governance have strangled Gaza's economy and the unemployment rate is now the highest in the world according to the latest World Bank economic update. The report will be presented to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), a forum of donors to the Palestinian Authority, at the bi-annual meeting in Brussels on May 27, 2015.

The Miseducation of Solidarity
Ebony

The Miseducation of Solidarity

Many have been weighing in on Lauryn Hill’s recently canceled show in Israel. However, few have heard or will know the story of three teenage female emcees from a Palestinian refugee camp who this month visited New York City to perform. They endured a sobering process of checkpoints, permits and visas to journey to the Tri-State area (Ms. Hill’s birthplace).

A ‘Jewish Litmus Test’ Was Unacceptable
The New York Times

A ‘Jewish Litmus Test’ Was Unacceptable

A Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, David McCleary, wrote to me this week with a complaint about being subjected to what he called “a Jewish litmus test” during a Times interview. The interview was done for an article that eventually appeared on the front page, “Campus Debates on Israel Drive a Wedge Between Jews and Minorities.”

Illinois Has No Business Boycotting Those Who Boycott Israel
Rev. Donald Wagner and Ghada Hashem Talhami, The Chicago Sun Times

Illinois Has No Business Boycotting Those Who Boycott Israel

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” as Mahatma Gandhi once famously said. The executive committee of the Illinois House voted Wednesday to move forward a bill to the full House that would punish companies that stand up against Israel for its anti-democratic behavior. Those of us who call for Israel to respect the human rights of Palestinians are troubled by this vote.

Time for Constructive Divestment
Gary Commins, Huffington Post

Time for Constructive Divestment

As a witness to conflict in the Holy Land, the Episcopal Church has long supported a negotiated two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to stop the violence and end Israel's illegal occupation and settlements on Palestinian land. In 2005, in support of such a solution, the Episcopal Church undertook a policy of corporate engagement with companies with which our church is invested...