Asaf Romirowsky
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Why Did the Mennonite Central Committee Fund a Booklet Calling on Israelis Not to Serve in the IDF?

June 12, 2018  •  Tablet

The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) was founded in the 1920s and currently is supported by 15 separate church groups as "the relief, development and service arm" of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in the United States and Canada. They are closely related to that other, better known group of Anabaptists, the Amish. According to their mission they, "seek to demonstrate God's love by working among people suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disaster." But in recent years, the MCC has emerged as a strong supporter of anti-Israel causes, including a group that calls on Israelis not to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

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review of Deir Yassin: The End of the Myth

Summer 2018  •  Middle East Quarterly

Of all the canards associated with the Arab-Israeli conflict, one stands out: the events that took place on April 9, 1948, in the village of Deir Yassin. Located in a strategic corridor west of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Shaul, Deir Yassin has become synonymous with "massacre" and "ethnic cleansing." These false Palestinian accusations have shaped attitudes toward Israel until today. Tauber has now produced a methodical, meticulously researched account, which examines all aspects of the episode on the basis of Arab, Jewish, and British testimonies, and which follows the battle minute by minute.

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Zionism and the Wedge Between US and Israeli Jews

May 24, 2018  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

In Mandatory Palestine, Jews began to accumulate power – economic, political, and military – which caused other Jews to immediately question the enterprise itself. Old anti-Semitic tropes came to the fore, like the notion that a Jewish state would be based on "exploitation" or even Zionist "world domination". The prospect of a Jewish state generated non-Jewish hostility and, among a Jewish minority, feelings of guilt. Decades before the state was founded, Judah Magnes anxiously said: "It is not only the end which for Israel must be desirable, but what is of equal importance, the means must be conceived and brought forth in cleanliness."

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review of Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World

May 13, 2018  •  JNS

As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement has been propagating the idea of "anti-normalization," advocating for complete and total isolation of Israel, rejecting any interaction between Arabs and Jews, and underscoring that Jews cannot be or have a nation-state.

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The Real Reason That Palestinians In Gaza Are Marching

March 29, 2018  •  Forward

As Jews and non-Jews prepare for the 70th anniversary of Israel's creation, both Hamas and Fatah are preparing for the commemoration of the Nakba. Now on the eve of Passover and Easter, Palestinians and Israeli Arabs throughout Israel, will mark 'Land Day,' commemorating an Israeli decision in 1976 to expropriate land in the Galilee, an act that sparked riots that resulted in the death of six Israeli Arab citizens.

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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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