Asaf Romirowsky
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Greens Should Follow Germany's Lead And Reject Israel Boycotts

September 20, 2016  •  Huffington Post Canada

While Iran's regime continues to expand its nuclear facilities and Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's war has caused a half million deaths, the Green parties in North America are bizarrely preoccupied with boycotting the Jewish state. The parties' counterpart in Germany is, however, a vehement opponent of the anti-Semitic boycott movement. The German Greens should serve as a model for Canadian and U.S. Greens to revise their anti-Israel positions.

Last month, the Green Party of Canada became the country's first party to endorse the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) targeting Israel.

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The role of foreign powers in Israel's creation

September 10, 2016  •  Ynet News

As the years between 1897 to 1948 have long faded into distant memory, a popular myth that Israel was created by global and colonial powers against the will of the region has gained traction in certain quarters.

Yet history shows that Israel was created overwhelmingly against the will of these major powers. When not opposing the creation of Israel, these powers were often indifferent to the Jewish cause or at best vaguely tolerant when it seemed inevitable.

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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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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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