From standing ovations to interruptions from silent protesters, Nadav Weinberg has experienced a wide range of reactions to his lectures. Weinberg travels to college campuses, in addition to other destinations, to educate people about the ethical codes of the Israel Defense Force.
On April 11, 2010, I was on a standard patrol in the southern Hebron hills of the West Bank. While on patrol, my team was notified of a Palestinian herder whose sheep had wandered into a Jewish settlement.
One of the more controversial tactics in a growing effort to counter the delegitimization of Israel is to “name-and-shame” — to go after those who actively delegitimize Israel and seek to delegitimize them. There are even those who argue that our entire strategy should be to relentlessly attack the other side and to cease “defending” Israel.
University students traversed the hallways of Capitol Hill yesterday to relay their message to lawmakers: If you care for Israel, show it. Joining forces with other local universities, seven students lobbied Congress on three main issues: continuing foreign aid for the country, combating the threat of Iranian nuclear weapons and raising awareness of the recent unity deal.
And the pendulum swings from one end to the other: In the name of fighting extremism and inaccuracy, the guest column “False Assertions” has provided a deluge of spurious clichés and platitudes notoriously used by anti-Israel advocates. Israel is not an occupying foreign power — international law and years of Jewish presence in the land vouch for Israel’s legitimacy.
Yesterday was a dramatic day in our region. Millions of people poured into the streets of Egypt. President Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt for 30 years, announced that he will not run in the next Presidential elections, and will work to introduce governmental reforms in Egypt.
Imagine a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict: a Jewish state living alongside a Palestinian state in permanent peace, with open borders, and even economic union. Sound like fantasy? It wasn’t when the U.N. General Assembly voted in favor of Resolution 181, dividing what was then known as Palestine into independent Jewish and Arab states.
As peace talks in the Middle East continue for yet another week with little progress, a central question looms large in the minds of many: Why should we care about Israel? It seems like a fair question. Why should we bother learning about Israeli history?
This week, we witnessed President Obama’s shameful treatment of the leader of one of America’s closest allies. This became clear when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was hauled before a “seething” Obama and read the Riot Act behind closed doors.
Before the school year started I wrote that the expectation was that this would be a good year for Israel on campus. During the summer there were no indications of any problems and, in fact, the fall had little anti-Israel activity and a good deal of positive programming from pro-Israel students.