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Examine the different aspects of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, its history and pathways to peace.

Pres. Ruby Rivlin

Pres. Rivlin rejects university curb on political speech


A recent proposal by Israel’s Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett (head of the rightwing Jewish Home party), for the Knesset to legislate an “ethics code” that would prohibit university faculty from voicing their political opinions in class and from “participating in, or voicing support for, academic boycotts against Israeli institutions,” has drawn concern from members of our […]

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Cary Nelson

Defeat for BDS at Modern Language Association


We were advised on June 14, by Prof. Cary Nelson, that the proposal for a boycott of Israeli universities has been defeated at the Modern Language Association (MLA): By a stunning two to one margin, members voted not to endorse a boycott of Israeli universities now or in the future. This sends a message to […]

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Gershon Shafir: Signs of Weakness in Settler Movement


One of our own in The Third Narrative community, Gershon Shafir — Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, a past President of the Israel Studies Association, and author of A Half Century of Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the World’s Most Intractable Conflict — has just published “The Israeli Settler Movement Isn’t Much of […]

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Must-See Documentary about ‘Combatants for Peace’

By Robert Snyder

With the vanishing prospects of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, it can be difficult to muster energy or optimism. But these are precisely the feelings prompted by the new film “Disturbing the Peace,” which chronicles the struggles of a bi-national organization of Israelis and Palestinians called “Combatants for Peace.” “Combatants for Peace” stages […]

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AAF Statement on Controversy at Dartmouth

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

What follows is an abridged version of a statement written for the “Inside Higher Ed” website by eight members of the Alliance for Academic Freedom — David Greenberg, Rebecca Lesses, Jeffry Mallow, Deborah Dash Moore, Sharon Musher, Cary Nelson (chair), Kenneth Stern and Irene Tucker: Everyone Lost at Dartmouth In May 2017, N. Bruce Duthu, an associate dean and […]

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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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Richard Gere in Israel

Richard Gere: A Third Narrative Progressive

By Ralph Seliger

In his latest film role, this Philadelphia-born WASP Buddhist plays a Jewish character (not for the first time), who is personally connected to an Israeli prime minister reminiscent of Ehud Olmert.  “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” is directed by Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar; Gere has just visited Israel […]

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