Asaf Romirowsky
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The Hebrew Word Bibi Must Learn to Resolve Israel's Political Crisis

September 26, 2019  •  Tablet

The Israeli notion of mamlachtiyut does not translate well into English. Coming from the word mamlacha, or kingdom, the word suggests the quality of acting in sovereign-like fashion. It was the term David Ben-Gurion invoked when he spoke of Jews' ability to have military power while at the same time exercising caution with their political power. Read Israeli history, and you'll see this term conjured every time the nation faced a major juncture that required individuals and factions to transcend their partisan loyalties. Israelis are a cynical bunch, yet the fact that we have a specific term for putting one's own interests aside for the greater good speaks volumes and makes clear precisely what it is that we truly value.

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The Tlaib-Omar Show Was a BDS Masterstroke

August 29, 2019  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The recent farce surrounding the non-visit of US Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to Israel highlighted the pernicious self-delusion and zero-sum exclusion of the BDS worldview, which polarizes American politics regarding Israel.

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The U.N. Agency for Palestinians Is Even Worse Than You Imagine

August 6, 2019  •  The Wall Street Journal

A corruption scandal involving sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation against whistleblowers and lots of business-class travel has gripped the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. It represents a new low for Unrwa and an indictment of the idea of an international agency dedicated to a single interest. But it's also a unique opportunity to see behind the curtain of a billion-dollar U.N. bureaucracy and phase it out.

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After the Apology: The Truth About Our Special Israel Studies Issue

August 6, 2019  •  Haaretz

Published back in April, the most recent special issue of Israel Studies hit a nerve so raw that it is still reverberating in the pages of online journals and newspapers. As co-editors of this publication, who conceived of the project "Word Crimes: Reclaiming the Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," came up with the admittedly "stark and provocative" title, and solicited the contributing essays – we are flattered by the attention but dismayed by how many readers continue to prefer uncivil denunciations of the volume's editors and contributors over rigorous analysis and engaging with the substance of the essays themselves.

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'Palestine' in the age of identity politics

July 20, 2019  •  The Jerusalem Post

Mark Lilla's superb book, The Once and Future Liberal After Identity Politics, correctly describes the zeitgeist of identity politics in American society today especially, within left-wing circles. Lilla correctly observes that democratic politics is about persuasion, not self-expression. "I'm here, I'm queer," will never provoke more than a pat on the head or a roll of the eyes. Accept that you will never agree with people on everything – that's to be expected in a democracy.

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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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