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. […]
Who would think that a wedding singer, Mohammed Assaf, hailing from a refugee camp in Gaza would suddenly be catapulted into international fame and recognition, taking the place of Kanye West—at least in my mind? Over 60 million Arabs voted for Assaf to be their “Idol” last week. It seemed his voice had a soothing effect on the widespread mayhem engulfing the Middle East. On Saturday, his crowning day, all Arabs were “high.” His voice, […]
In what may be an unprecedented move, Sweden is considering cutting financial aid to the Palestinians by about 30 percent. As punishment for Palestinian intransigence to peace with Israel, Sweden could withhold SEK 200 million (approximately 30.5 million USD) on social development and infrastructure projects including electricity and water. Stockholm normally provides 700 million SEK (106.9 million USD) annually in aid to the Palestinians. Swedish Minister for International Development Gunilla Carlsson explained on her official […]
President Obama is coming to Israel and two of its neighbors to confer with American partners about problems and challenges in the region. These challenges include Iran, Syria and the need to get Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. Obama is scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and the King of Jordan. Obama is said to bring an “urgent” peacemaking agenda to Israel […]
Here’s a parable: I’m sitting on a pillow in a cafe in Kathmandu. Except for the Nepali waiters, I’m surrounded by Israelis. The bizarre factor is stepped up by several notches when my waiter places the cup of Turkish coffee I’ve ordered on the table and casually says “Here you go, my brother” in slightly tinted Hebrew. I whisper to my travel mate that I feel out of place. We are both Israeli, but around […]