israel en Herbert London: The Presbyterian Church And The BDS Movement <p>It has been clear for some time that Mainline Protestants have gone through a complete transformation. This religious group led by Presbyterians has become a secular humanistic faith far more interested in same sex marriage, abortion privileges, equality in some abstract sense, and fashionable left wing ideologies and tropes than religious doctrines.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:53:00 +0000 Herbert London 94439 at Stephen Gottlieb: Is Israel An Apartheid State? <p>Whenever I talk about the Middle East I get lambasted. And when I fail to mention Israel or Palestine I get lambasted because I didn’t. Pro-Israeli listeners brook no criticism whatever of what Israel does. Supporters of the Palestinians recognize the legitimacy of nothing else. Sometimes you can’t please everybody and sometimes you can’t please anybody. So, OK, here goes.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Stephen Gottlieb 89287 at Herbert London: Why Is Israel Losing The PR Battle At American Campuses? <p>From the birth of the state of Israel in 1948 to the 1980’s, comments about this Jewish nation were uniformly and reflexively positive. Jews and non-Jews alike took pride in the resourcefulness of a people who could make the desert bloom and who had the backbone and will to defend themselves against Arab invaders.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Herbert London 87793 at Herbert London: Anti-Zionism At Northeastern <p>The flame of anti-Zionism burns brightly at Northeastern University in Boston. On the first day of Israel Apartheid Week, Students for Justice in Palestine, a group currently on probation for violating campus policies for acts of anti-Semitism and vandalism, dispersed “evacuation” notices to students residing in the dormitories.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Herbert London 85667 at Karen Hitchcock: A Threat to Academic Freedom <p>Early in my tenure as head of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, I – like many other university presidents – was asked to support the agenda of a Palestinian initiative known as B.D.S., a call for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, given the organization’s belief that Israel was not complying with international law and Palestinian rights. Specifically, they were asking for our university’s participation in a boycott of Israeli universities ... a request I unequivocally rejected as being antithetical to the concept of academic freedom which is at the very heart of the mission of a university - &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;institutions devoted to unfettered inquiry and discovery.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Karen Hitchcock 82423 at "My Promised Land: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel" By Ari Shavit <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is a deeply personal narrative history of the state of Israel by Ari </span>Shavit<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">- one of the most influential Israeli journalist writing about the Middle East today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As it examines the complexity and the contradictions of the Israeli condition, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">My Promised Land</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> asks difficult but important questions- Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? And can Israel survive?</span></p><p>Shavit draws on an almost 30 year long careered delve into his countries most defining conflicts, ambitions, successes, and disappointments- as well as to explore his own families history, and the story of other ordinary individuals.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 78523 at "My Promised Land: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel" By Ari Shavit Hudson Valley Congressman Discusses Israel Trip <p>Thirty-seven Democratic Congressional representatives have returned from a trip to Israel and the West Bank. A Hudson Valley Congressman was part of the delegation and has spoken about what he learned.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:41:19 +0000 Allison Dunne 71429 at Hudson Valley Congressman Discusses Israel Trip Classical Music According to Yehuda #110 <p></p><p>In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss playing music in a time of crisis.</p><p>To learn about Yehuda's Close Encounters with Music Series in Great Barrington visit</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 64923 at Classical Music According to Yehuda #110 Hooman Majd - The paradoxes and conflicts of modern Iran <p>In 2002, President George W. Bush coined the phrase ‘Axis of Evil’ in reference to nations he believed were actively building nuclear weapons for use against the United States and its allies.<br><br>More than 10 years later, the nuclear capabilities of one of those countries, the Islamic Republic of Iran, remains a top issue in the U.S. and beyond.</p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 62122 at Hooman Majd - The paradoxes and conflicts of modern Iran Paul Elisha: Judeo-Christian Ambiguities, Beliefs and Choices <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the various disparate observances approach, which, by some series of absurdities has become a misnomer, now&nbsp; known as Judeo-Christian kinship, this commentator’s memory harks back to his childhood and the question he yearned to ask his biblically astute Grandfather but never dared: “Why is it that at the end of the Passover </span>Seder<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, at the final ‘Amen,’ does everyone fervently respond: “Next year in Jerusalem!”?</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:57:04 +0000 Paul Elisha 60709 at