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...
Tuesday Jun 19, 2012
Peter Beinart’s March column in the New York Times calling for a selective boycott of Israel raised eyebrows of critics in the pro-Israel community, as it should; such a strategy is misplaced and impractical. For all its faults, though, Beinart’s argument has one thing right: the opinions of American college students, about world affairs and the intertwined futures of Israelis and Palestinians, are important in and of...
Thursday May 10, 2012
As the Campus Coordinator for the American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), I have spent the year monitoring anti-Israel activity on college campuses. So far, my two busiest months have been February and March. That is the time of year dedicated to a series of global lectures, rallies and demonstrations against the Jewish state, which come under a variety of headings, but are all aimed at delegitimizing Israel on campus. Tactics...
Sunday Mar 25, 2012
Mitchell Bard is the Executive Director of The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and author of The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East and Israel Matters: Understand the Past - Look to the Future.
The annual campus hate fests that attempt to tar Israel with a comparison to the discriminatory policies of the old South African regime have come and gone. On most U.S....