Asaf Romirowsky
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Time to Rethink Our Attitudes to Middle East Refugees

July 18, 2018  •  Tablet

As the Trump Administration prepares to release its Middle East peace plan, rumors are many but few of the details have yet come into focus.

Two elements that should be at the center are refugee crises, one real, the other not. There are currently 655,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan and another 1.1 million in Lebanon and 3.5 million Turkey, in addition, there are over six million internally displaced persons. This does not begin to count other Middle Eastern refugees, in Yemen, Sudan, and elsewhere.

In contrast, the UN believes there are over 5 million Palestinians refugees worldwide, while a still classified report from the Obama administration may put the actual number remaining who fled in 1948 at around 30,000.

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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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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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