Archive by Author: Robert Jennings

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The Politics of Antisemitic Flyers at UIC

By Robert Jennings

In the days leading up to March 16, 2017, a series of antisemitic flyers were posted at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Internal discussion on the TTN listserv –and the differences in perception between those who are actually at UIC and those who are not — illustrate the necessity of including progressive Zionists […]

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Anti-BDS Movement Smears J Street

By Robert Jennings

This links to a post by a J Street U activist who attended the “anti-BDS summit”organized at the UN, and was shocked to find a Republican state legislator attack J Street as anti-Semitic while other participants expressed hatred toward Palestinians and Muslims. Most of J Street’s energy is spent fighting the occupation. Any energy it spends […]

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Soviet Zionology and today’s Anti-Zionist Left

By Robert Jennings

Please do not treat this piece as “red-baiting.” I am not attacking all “leftists.” When I refer to “The anti-Zionist Left” I am referring to that segment of hard-left activism and academia which is committed to Israel’s destruction as a Jewish national home as a matter of “anti-colonial” principle. What I write below is an […]

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Bernie Squares the Circle

By Robert Jennings

Senator Bernie Sanders wowed those assembled at the J Street conference on Monday, Feb. 27. [Click here for the JTA news report, and click here to read his text at Haaretz.com.] This is from an article by an Arab American impressed with Sen. Sanders’ speech: For so long, the idea that one could condemn Israel’s military […]

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What to Make of ‘BDS’ Being Mainstreamed

By Robert Jennings

Click here to link to the “60 Minutes” interview with Bibi Netanyahu, broadcast on December 11, 2016. Interviewer Leslie Stahl seems convinced that BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] supporters on campus simply want to end the occupation. When Netanyahu suggests (correctly, regarding many) that they want to destroy Israel, he comes off as paranoid. To me this says two […]

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Anti-Western Ideology Fuels BDS

By Robert Jennings

This commentary is inspired by “When Your Enemy’s Enemy is Your Enemy,” an article written by the liberal American-Israeli journalist, Gershom Gorenberg, for his usual venue, The American Prospect (March 11, 2016). While his piece does not directly address BDS, it analyzes the anti-Western/anti-Imperialist ideology that often accompanies support for BDS. The summary sentence beneath the title reads: “A defense of Hezbollah […]

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Hope in Aramaic Studies Journal?

By Robert Jennings

The scholarly journal ARAM features contributions by both Arabs and Israelis (and others) about ancient (and sometimes modern) Aramaic-language culture. Some of the Israeli authors appear to have worked in Jordan. There’s even one article co-written by a Haifa U / Yarmouk U duo. Aramaic was the lingua franca of the Fertile Crescent from around […]

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