Asaf Romirowsky
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How US states can promote Israeli-Palestinian peace

August 8, 2016  •  The Hill

The growing number of laws and resolutions approved by US states, designed to block anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions efforts have sent shock waves through many organizations concerned with the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Take the case of the Oakland-based Jewish Voice for Peace, whose executive director, Rebecca Vilkomerson, is an advocate of the BDS campaign. While the desire to persuade the Israeli government to change its policies is legitimate, she and the BDS movement make the demise of the two-state solution ever more likely.

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The anti-Israel movement's 'anti-normalization' campaign

August 3, 2016  •  National Post

The basis of any negotiated settlement is compromise. But what if one of the parties to the conflict simply refuses to talk?

Some Palestinian factions and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement have engaged in what's known as an "anti-normalization" campaign: they are demanding that all contact between Palestinians and Israelis be severed, lest they "normalize" the existence of Israel. The reciprocal response by Israelis and American Jews is denial.

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Learning from Mistakes: Lessons for Obama from Israel

May 18, 2016  •  The National Interest

As we approach the end of the Obama administration, we may look back over the past eight years, which has been responsible for more foreign policy debacles and misguided presidential decision making, especially in the Middle East, than we have seen in previous administrations. In response to Jeffrey Goldberg's piece in the Atlantic, Josef Joffe correctly summarized the Obama doctrine and the Commander and Chief himself as "an isolationist with drones and special-operations forces" and—above all—not a realist. A clear example of this is the decline in American deterrence and power in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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How New York can help stop Europe's rampaging Israel boycotters

May 11, 2016  •  New York Post

In America, the odious boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel remains largely confined to university humanities departments, leaving Europe as the main battleground in the economic war on Israel.

And now a bill in the New York Legislature may be the key to blunting financial and political damage to Israel in Europe.

The Senate passed a robust anti-BDS bill that would penalize European companies engaged in boycott-related activity. The measure is before the Assembly, sponsored by Charles Lavine (D-Nassau).

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BDS equals economic warfare

May 8, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

At the core of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS ) is economic warfare meant to delegitimize and marginalize Israel. But the fatal fallacy of the movement is rooted in the fact that its proponents are hurting the very constituency they claim to represent.

Daniel Birnbaum is the CEO of SodaStream, one of Israel's greatest commercial start-up successes. The company (made famous in a 2014 Super Bowl advertisement featuring actress Scarlett Johansson) was a pioneer in economic inclusion, establishing a factory in the West Bank and employing both Palestinian and Jewish workers (among them a high proportion of women).

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Asaf Romirowsky's Book

Cover of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief

Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief

by Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander H. Joffe
Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 268 pp. $100
December 18, 2013

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