Asaf Romirowsky
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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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A Memo to Jared

May 12, 2019  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A recent report indicates that President Trump's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner suggested that then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other policy makers read a January 2018 Wall Street Journal piece regarding the cutoff of American funding for UNRWA, the international agency for Palestinian 'refugees.' As authors of the piece referenced in the leak, we are flattered. With the administration's much discussed peace plan to be announced in June, let us offer some last minute suggestions.

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College administrators aiding and abetting antisemites

May 2, 2019  •  The Jerusalem Post

Students at Emory University awoke earlier this month to find flyers posted in their dorm rooms informing them they would be evicted in the coming days. Intended to intimidate Jewish students on college campuses, these mock eviction notices are a common tactic of Students for Justice in Palestine, an antisemitic group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

What distinguished this year's annual week of harassment of Jewish students on Emory's campus from other SJP events was that the eviction notices were officially sanctioned by the Emory Office of Campus Life, replete with a stamp of approval indicating that a faculty member or administrator had approved of the notice.

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Israeli Attitudes Towards American Jews

April 5, 2019  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

In Benny Gantz's first campaign speech, he attempted to take shots at Netanyahu. In the process, he provided telling clues about his attitude towards American Jews:

In a month and a half, we will all choose between a ruler who has English from Boston, heavy makeup, and luxury suits – and an Israeli leadership which is real, caring, authentic, and not phony.

Gantz attacked Netanyahu for the time he spent in the US representing Israel at the UN and elsewhere:

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Quaker Activists

March 21, 2019  •  Jerusalem Post

It is no surprise that this past week the student leaders at Swarthmore College voted to endorse boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel after initially rejecting it three weeks ago.

Quaker schools are fertile ground for BDS and have become ground zero when it comes to pro-BDS faculty and students. The Quaker tradition of even-handedness and political neutrality has long passed; by the late 1970s the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) had effectively enshrined Palestinians as the "new Jews." Support for Palestinian terror as "resistance" against Israel's "structural violence" and against sanctions on Iran's nuclear program is now customary.

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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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