Asaf Romirowsky
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The ASA's glaring hypocrisy

October 26, 2014  •  YNet News

The American Studies Association (ASA) adoption of a BDS resolution in December 2013 garnered a significant backlash from over 250 American university presidents and academic umbrella organizations announcing their rejection of the ASA boycott resolution.

Additionally, more than 130 lawmakers in the House of Representatives signed a bipartisan letter condemning the ASA's "blatant disregard for academic freedom." New York State assemblymen have proposed a measure that would forbid state funding to academic institutions that "support boycotts, resolutions or any similar actions that are discriminatory and limit academic opportunities."

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'Get busy living or get busy dying'

October 15, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

One line from the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption embodies perfectly the Arab-Israeli conflict, "Get busy living or get busy dying." This line encapsulates the dividing line between Zionism and Islamism - the first is about living and rebuilding and the second glorifies death and martyrdom.

It explains why Hamas flatly rejected the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire during Operation Protective Edge; there was no added value politically when civilians in Gaza are used as human shields and bomb shelters are deliberately absent from the public eye. All promoting and illustrating the false reoccurring Palestinian mantra of victimhood.

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United Nations agency exposed as a tool for Hamas

August 30, 2014  •  Washington Examiner

After a shelling outside an United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees school in Rafah where at least 10 more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki came out with a harsh statement, saying that "the United States is appalled by today's disgraceful shelling" and urging Israel to do more to "avoid civilian casualties" and protect U.N. facilities.

Psaki's comment speaks volumes about how the Obama administration has treated Israel's actions in Gaza. This is troubling given the amount of evidence we have seen over the course of Operation Protective Edge, where in four separate instances UNRWA schools and clinics have harbored arms and terrorists.

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Give Palestine -- Not the U.N. -- the Money, Responsibility, and Glory

August 29, 2014  •  The New Republic

In responding with pique to our piece on the the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, Matthew Reynolds deflects attention from our real proposal—one that would put the organization at least partially out of business.

Reynolds' criticism must be situated properly. Having found the distance from New York to Washington too great, UNRWA opened an office in the capital in 2011. As UNRWA's representative in Washington, Reynold's job is to lobby UNRWA's largest donor, the United States.

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Stop Giving Money to the U.N.'s Relief Agency for Palestinians

August 18, 2014  •  The New Republic

When Hamas fires its last rocket and Israel drops its last bomb, the extent of Gaza's devastation will become clear. An early estimate is that some $5 billion will be necessary to rebuild residences and infrastructure destroyed in the recent conflict. The first step is to take United Nations Relief and Works Agency out of the equation.

UNRWA, the U.N.'s 65-year-old, internationally funded welfare organization for Palestinians, should be commended for providing much needed shelter and aid to displaced Gazans during the crisis. But given several revelations during the current conflict between Hamas and Israel, UNRWA should have no role in any negotiated arrangement regarding Gaza's reconstruction.

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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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