Asaf Romirowsky
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Facts find no room in the world of BDS

September 21, 2020  •  Jewish News Service (JNS)

The American university now more than ever has become a toxic environment for both students and faculty who express open minds about Israel and the West. Faculty who risk their jobs, tenure and grant funding to speak openly about these matters are in need of help.

First Amendment scholar Harry Kalven Jr. in a 1967 report to the University of Chicago wrote:

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What the U.S. Can Do to Advance Israeli-Palestinian Peace

September 19, 2020  •  The National Interest

Against the backdrop of normalization between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and more recently Bahrain, are continued condemnations by Palestinian leaders. Palestinian president Abbas called the moves a "stab in the back," "despicable," and a "betrayal." Even so, rumors regarding Saudi normalization continue to circulate.

Momentum is palpable. How then to move forward with an "outside in" strategy for Palestinian-Israeli peace? Keeping pressure on Palestinian leaders while finding new means to address Palestinian needs is key.

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College Administrators Must Address Anti-Semitism on Their Campuses

September 11, 2020  •  Newsweek

While colleges and universities across the country have expended immense resources, in particular over the past several months, addressing unsubstantiated claims of systemic racism on their campuses and within American culture and institutions more broadly, there are other minority groups that face discrimination but go largely ignored. With millions of dollars in initiatives to hire diversity officers, develop required curricula demanding equity and inclusion, and expand bulging bureaucracies to meet Black Lives Matter demands, universities seem solely focused on their Black students at the expense of all members of their campus communities. We believe, however, that all minorities matter.

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Why the Erasure of History Matters

September 7, 2020  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

History and historiography matter. As Winston Churchill astutely said, "Everyone can recognize history when it happens. Everyone can recognize history after it has happened; but only the wise man knows at the moment what is vital and permanent, what is lasting and memorable." Today, such sensitivity to the value of history is evaporating from the public consciousness. The willful blindness to the instructional value of the past is manifesting itself in attempts to erase history rather than reckon with it responsibly.

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Sports, Moral Education, and the NFL

July 28, 2020  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

Sports have always played an integral role in modern life, connecting popular culture with patriotism and nationalism. But the NFL, and football in general, are unique to the US.

In the Middle East, the name of the game is always politics. People follow politics the way Americans follow sports. Visitors to the region get a solid dose of politics from shopkeepers and cabdrivers; after all, it's in the bazaars where politics are practiced.

Conversely, Americans are devoted to their games, particularly football. This is best observed overseas during the Super Bowl, when American football fans abroad hunt with an almost religious fervor for outlets where they watch the game.

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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. $70
December 18, 2013

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