Asaf Romirowsky
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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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Lessons from Israel's First US Ambassador

June 17, 2019  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Following Harry Truman's recognition of the Provisional Government of Israel in early 1949, James McDonald was appointed the first US ambassador to the nascent Jewish state. In his memoirs, McDonald discusses Israel-Diaspora relations, which are as central today as they were in the early days of the State. This topic continues to be a source of division: witness the slanderous attacks made by Muslim Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar regarding American Jews' "dual loyalties" and the State of Israel.

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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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