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...
Monday Dec 09, 2013
Over the last eight years, AICE has provided funding for more than 100 visiting Israeli professors to teach at more than 50 different universities across the United States, including elite schools such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Berkeley. These visitors have helped changed the academic landscape and stimulated the creation of new courses, centers, chairs and programs in Israel Studies. This year, 21 visitors are teaching in a variety of...
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...