Thursday Jul 17, 2014
As in most other days, the Southern Californian skies of Claremont today are clear and the sun shines exceptionally bright. In the Middle East, however, the skies are darker and developments on the ground look ominous. Karl Marx once noted that “History repeats itself… first as tragedy, then as farce.” In the Israeli-Palestinian case, unfortunately, history repeated itself more than twice and farce and tragedy are no...
Tuesday May 27, 2014
A 2010 study by the Reut Institute reported that a well-organized, well-funded international network with hubs in key cities, such as London and San Francisco, was managing an international delegitimization campaign against Israel. The report led to the creation of a network of pro-Israel organizations to develop a response. Four years later, it is clear that it is not the Israel deniers but Israel’s supporters that are networked,...
Monday Mar 31, 2014
Education and training is still important for students, but the most effective antidote to Israel’s detractors inside and outside the classroom are faculty who can present the facts about Israel’s history, politics and culture. It is professors who have the authority, the campus standing, the longevity and diverse audiences that shape the minds of future leaders.
AICE has brought more than 100 visiting Israeli scholars to more...
Wednesday Feb 26, 2014
It’s Israel Hate Week on many college campuses. The people who host these events don’t call it by that name, of course, but spreading hatred toward Israel is a primary goal of ill-informed and bigoted students around the world who have joined the campaign to delegitimize Israel.
The hypocrisy of Hate Week this year is especially stark. Self-righteous individuals who criticize Israel for alleged violations of...
Friday Jan 31, 2014
This is my second year serving as the first Visiting Israeli Professor at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland. It has been a unique experience helping to create brand new Israel-related academic programs at the Academy. The Academy, established in 1845, is one of the US military service academies (along with West Point and the US Air Force Academy) which offer academic training to future military officers. The...