Shavit scandal shines light on Jewish groups’ event policies

NEW YORK — Hillel International’s swift decision to cancel a campus tour featuring Israeli journalist Ari Shavit after he was accused of sexual assault, has prompted some organizations to consider similar policies on speakers and sexual assault — and others to dump Shavit from their speaker lineups. Last week, following allegations that Shavit sexually assaulted a female… Read More

Shimon Peres suffers stroke; ‘stable and fully conscious’

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was hospitalized after having a stroke. Peres’ office said in a statement Tuesday evening that the 93-year-old statesman “is stable and fully conscious.” Peres, 93, was taken to Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer near Tel Aviv after telling his doctor that he felt weak. The doctor had… Read More

Trump backers launch West Bank campaign

KARNEI SHOMRON, West Bank — Republican backers of Donald Trump opened a campaign office here Monday in what they said was a first on behalf of an American presidential candidate. Republicans Overseas Israel’s chief strategist, Tzvika Brot, said there was no political significance to the launch of ground operations in the West Bank. But Mark… Read More

Finding ‘compelling element of truth’ in Israeli, Palestinian narratives Review

Dreams Deferred: A Concise Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict & the Movement to Boycott Israel” by Cary Nelson. Bloomington, Ind. and Chicago: Indiana University Press and MLA Members for Scholars Rights, 2016. 339 pages. $12. Are you reticent about standing up for Israel because you believe you don’t know enough about the Mideast conflict? If… Read More