Raphael Cohen-Almagor, professor and chair in politics at the University of Hull, discusses the issue of academic freedom of speech by sharing an exclusive story of former Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor’s visit to the University of Hull. In my last article, I explained why boycotting Israeli academics is a bad idea. Recently I had first-hand experience how the boycott is working, and how disturbing the attempts to curb academic freedom and to stifle freedom of expression can […]
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Political leaders are causing us to become schizophrenic. They are claiming to be democratic; yet, they order us – their rank-and file – to sabotage meetings and to obstruct dialogue and thus undermining freedom of speech and freedom of expression. They claim they are calling for peace; yet, they incite the masses to demonstrate against the peacemakers. They called the Oslo Accords: “Peace of the Brave”; yet, they keep degrading the Oslo Accords. They signed […]
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon passed away at the age of 85. Why do peace lovers not shed a tear for Sharon’s death and why is the Israeli leader reviled among Palestinians? Simply, because the legacy of Ariel Sharon was not of peace but of conflict and enmity. No doubt, Sharon was one of Israel’s most controversial political and military figures. He was a loose cannon; a bull dancing alone in a glass museum. […]
Kibbutz life involves several hundred people who work together for the benefit of the community as a whole and all profits are shared. The kibbutz could be quite industrial and have one or more factories on site, or it could be purely agricultural, or even a mixture of both. Most kibbutzim employ foreign workers known as volunteers who work alongside the members of the kibbutz for no pay. In exchange for six hours work, six […]
The whole world is going crazy in a media frenzy over the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Tzipi Livni from Israel and Saeb Erekat representing the Palestinians are meeting in Washington, DC. It represents the first time the sides have held talks since 2010. The new meetings developed after Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region more than six times in 2013. Kerry is apparently ready to invest most of […]
Pinchas Sapir uttered his famous words shortly after the war between Israel and its Arab neighbors in June 1967: “If Israel keeps holding the territories, in the end the territories will hold Israel.” In 1906 Pinchas Koslowski was born in Suwalski in the former Great Russian Tsar-empire. Later on in his life he immigrated to the British controlled area of Mandate Palestine. He then later rose to become one of the leaders of the Zionist […]
The recent Greek-Israeli and Cypriot-Israeli partnerships have shown that the three countries can cooperate and maintain stability in the Eastern Mediterranean. “Realism” is among the most fundamental of International Relations paradigms. I will not further analyze theory, as the aim of this article is to assess certain policy options. Nevertheless, I referred to political realism as it considers a set of elements that consist of power, which is further divided into economic and military power, […]