Asaf Romirowsky
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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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Red and Green Virtue-Signaling — An American "Intifada"?

June 18, 2020  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

It didn't take long after the riots began across the US to hear expressions of solidarity from Palestinians in both the Middle East and the US connecting the horrific killing of George Floyd to the Palestinian tale. Palestinian artist Waleed Ayyoub illustrated the connection by painting and posting on the US Twitter feed of the Palestine Museum a picture of George Floyd dressed in a kaffiya in front of a banner of the Palestinian flag.

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review of The War of Return

June 3, 2020  •  Australia/Israel Review

Palestinian identity is rooted in three basic ingredients: the "right of return" to Israel for all Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war and their descendants; permanent, sanctified struggle with Israel; and permanent recognition of their status as refugees, dispossessed at the hand of Israel with the participation of the international community. A corollary demand is that the international community must sustain all Palestinian "refugees" through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) until the Palestinians themselves, somehow, declare the "refugee crisis" resolved.

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Normalizing Palestinian Scholarship and Anti-Semitism in the Nation's Capital

May 21, 2020  •  Newsweek

The recent appointment of Ilana Feldman as the interim dean of George Washington University's (GWU) Elliott School of International Affairs is extremely concerning on several levels. Feldman is an active known supporter of the anti-Israel "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" (BDS) movement through her involvement with the Palestinian American Research Center, and was part of a group that pushed a BDS initiative in the American Anthropological Association.

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UNRWA's COVID-19 Disconnect

May 14, 2020  •  The Brussels Times

No-one in UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, appears to understand that the troubled UN agency needs to adapt in light of the devastation wrought by COVID-19.

UNRWA lost no time making a flash appeal for US$14 million in order to tackle the coronavirus. Included in its emergency bill was the urgent need to fund "children's psychosocial well-being" and to print "self-learning materials" for "effective management of the learning and monitoring of progress by teachers and parents".

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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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