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Explore how the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement’s attempts to economically and academically isolate Israel are destructive to the search for peace.

Boycott If You Wish, But Don’t Force Others

By TTN

In addition to “Don’t Be ‘Useful Idiots’ for BDS” by Michael Walzer, this post is a further followup to “Summer of Defeats for Academic BDS.”  It is by Steven B. Smith, the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science at Yale University.  Both Professors Walzer and Smith spoke against a proposal considered and defeated by the Foundations of Political Theory […]

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Don’t Be ‘Useful Idiots’ for BDS

By Michael Walzer

This is a followup to “Summer of Defeats for Academic BDS.” This short talk was my contribution to the debate at the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association which defeated a proposal for boycotting Israeli institutions of higher learning:           I was glad to hear from a speaker earlier this evening […]

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Summer of Defeats for Academic BDS

By TTN Blog

At the beginning of August, the executive committee of The Third Narrative’s affiliated Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF) sent an open letter to the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) against a resolution proposing the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.  On the weekend of August 10-11, allies and members of the AAF were instrumental […]

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Top Israeli Security Vets Support 2 States

By TTN

The following letter, dated August 27, 2019, was co-signed by 25 retired Israel Defense Forces commanders and former government security heads (listed under text). It is addressed to four members of the US House of Representatives: Bradley S. Schneider, Lee Zeldin, Jerrold Nadler and Ann Wagner:  We wish to express our appreciation for the passage […]

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Debating Nuances in Tlaib/Omar Ban

By TTN Blog

In an extensive email discussion, participants in The Third Narrative (TTN) have indicated some difference of opinion regarding this episode as it has evolved.  There’s a clear consensus that Israel erred politically in reversing its prior stated decision to allow Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to enter Israel; Ameinu, TTN’s sponsor, was consonant with […]

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DSA’s New Pro-BDS Resolution

By TTN

The Third Narrative first noted the dramatic changes in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) by posting a piece by writer-activist JoAnn Mort, a founding member of DSA and board member of Americans for Peace Now, reacting negatively to DSA’s full embrace of BDS at its national convention in 2017 (that resolution’s text is included […]

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Open Letter Against SSSP Academic Boycott Resolution

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS The Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF), a multidisciplinary faculty organization that opposes academic boycotts and supports a two-state solution that would facilitate political self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians, is concerned that the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is […]

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