U-Md. Student Government Considers BDS Resolution

The student government at the University of Maryland will hear today a resolution that urges the university to divest from companies “profiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestine.” The non-binding resolution, one of a number introduced at American universities in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, was sponsored by student government members… Read More

BREAKING: Hogan Signs Executive Order on BDS

Gov. Larry Hogan has prohibited state agencies from contracting with companies and organizations aligned with a Palestinian-backed movement against Israel. Diving into a hotly debated international issue, Hogan on Monday signed an executive order opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel (BDS), which has gained momentum in some parts of the country, worrying… Read More

Anti-BDS Bill Is Harmonious with First Amendment

The idea that governments can and should divest from companies that engage in behavior that is morally repugnant or that is otherwise determined to be contrary to the public interest is not controversial. Here in Maryland, this concept formed the basis for laws that in the 1980s divested the state from companies doing business in… Read More

Debate, Don’t Avoid

The so-called “anti-BDS bill” (“An Impassioned Debate,” March 10) would create a blacklist of individuals, companies and other groups that support BDS. This McCarthyist bill is an attempt to chill speech and dissent on this issue. Individuals and companies that don’t do business in settlements or with Israel would be punished. Similarly, the Israeli Knesset… Read More

Sour on Sarsour

What’s Linda Sarsour’s angle? The American activist, who was a surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign and an organizer of the Women’s March that brought half a million people to Washington in January to protest Donald Trump, last week helped start a crowdfunding campaign to repair more than 100 gravestones that vandals… Read More

Israel’s Economy Expected to Slow in 2017

Israel’s economy hummed along in 2016 with an impressive estimated economic growth rate of 3.5 percent. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, “this year has been an outlier,” said Avi Weiss, executive director of the Jerusalem-based Taub Center for Social Policy, a nonpartisan, socioeconomic think tank. Israel’s economy has been growing slowly in the 2010s, and… Read More

Fighting BDS on America’s Campuses

In her time at the University of California, Davis, Julia Reifkind saw the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel take hold in its student government and on its campus, where swastikas were drawn on the Jewish fraternity house, Alpha Epsilon Pi. As a member of the student government and president of Aggies for Israel,… Read More

Rockefeller BDS and Campus Anti-Semitism

The New Israel Fund (NIF) recently received a grant to “research and report on anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses.” On the surface, this appears to be a welcome development — a progressive group being mobilized to confront a major social malady plaguing institutions of higher education. Beneath the surface of the September grant, however, are vested… Read More

That’s Debatable

It’s rare that the left-leaning J Street, a 5-year-old political advocacy organization that supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is the conservative voice in the room. But that was the case on a recent Sunday, when about 75 people gathered at the Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library to hear Mark… Read More