Tuesday Aug 20, 2013
“Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” might be the official motto of the pro-Israel community. Each summer groups anticipate anti-Israel activity will flare up on America’s campuses and work to prepare campus professionals and students to respond. Increasingly, groups have come to the realization that it is far more effective to set a positive agenda than to constantly defend Israel against detractors....
Monday Aug 05, 2013
Just as some people believe alligators are in New York sewers; many Israeli officials and American Jews are convinced American college campuses are aflame with delegitimizers and anti-Semites. Each year I try to disabuse people of this notion and put the very real problems we do have in context, and each year I fail. Nevertheless, let’s try again by looking at the past school year.
Pro-Israel campus organizations experienced...
Monday Mar 11, 2013
While Jews understandably focus on how they are treated on college campuses, it should come as no surprise that Arab and Muslim students also have concerns about how students, faculty and administrators treat them.
A 2010 report on the religious or spiritual preferences of students across the UC system found that only 3% out of more than 61,000 respondents identified as Jews, and an even smaller percentage (1.5%) identified as Muslims....
Tuesday Feb 26, 2013
In 1992, Marcela Kogan and I wrote in Hadassah Magazine, "Future support for Israel may depend on the relationships developed between the Jewish and Hispanic comunities." At that time, the American Jewish Committee was one of the few Jewish organizations devoting much effort to building bridges with the Hispanic community.
We noted that unlike the sometimes rocky relationship between Jews and African-Americans, Jews and...
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...