Sunday Feb 17, 2013
By Anat Maor
When I first arrived at the University of California in Irvine, I didn’t know a single person there. To tell you the truth, I was feeling apprehensive about my new role as a professor in Israel studies here, especially given the reputation of the school. This was the same university which saw confrontations between student protestors and Israeli ambassador Michael Oren in 2010, which culminated in arrests and the...
Tuesday Feb 05, 2013
Last year AICE published the study, Israel and the Campus: The Real Story, which exploded a number of misconceptions about Israel and the universities. We found, for example, that anti-Israel activity has not changed dramatically since the late 1960s. In addition, we documented relatively few incidents of anti-Israel activity (674), and those were confined to fewer than 3% of all American campuses.
One critic noted that we...
Thursday Jan 03, 2013
Imagine having the opportunity to choose a college course taught by a professor who knew Thomas Jefferson, or who participated in the Revolutionary or Civil War, or was an adviser to the president.
Most American professors have never been practitioners of the subjects they teach and their knowledge comes from books and documents and little or no personal experience. Political scientists, for example, teach courses without ever engaging...
Saturday Oct 27, 2012
The Jewish community tends to judge the situation on campus by hysterical fundraising letters and highly publicized incidents on individual campuses, which are then extrapolated to suggest they represent the general climate on campus. The misinformation is exacerbated by media reports that also give the impression that singular incidents represent a broader trend. In a new report from the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise,...
Thursday Sep 20, 2012
While the media and certain individuals and groups continue to perpetuate the myth that US campuses are bastions of anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitism, those of us working with campuses know that this is untrue. In fact, there is so much positive activity going on between American universities and Israel that most of it goes completely unnoticed.
I was attending an event at the Israeli embassy in Washington last year and...