Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774
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As Catholics mourn the passing of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua -- and debate his handling of the priest sex-abuse scandal, which broke under his watch -- some longtime Jewish leaders are remembering him as a leader committed to improving Catholic-Jewish relations. In his 35 years working at the Jewish Community Relations Council, Burt Siegel interacted with three different leaders of the...
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Did the National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference at the University of Pennsylvania over the weekend backfire for organizers and illustrate the strength of the pro-Israel community on campus? Or did BDS speakers like Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah reveal how much pro-Israel students need to learn in order to counter arguments that are steeped in the language of universal...
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Jewish Exponent Staff
Organizers of this weekend's Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference at the University of Pennsylvania have revoked the press credentials of the Jewish Exponent. Organizers accused the Exponent of engaging in "polemics" and "crafting a political narrative" after a story appeared reporting the anti-Israel records of some of the slated speakers. The university has distanced itself from the conference and condemned...
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A day before the National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference was set to begin at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz called Penn the "model campus" when it comes to pro-Israel activism. "You guys have stood strong, you have stood hard. You don't just let anti-Israel people get away with silence," said the 73-year-old Dershowitz, a...
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We, the undersigned members of the interfaith community are extremely troubled by the national BDS conference (Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel) that will be held in Philadelphia, this February, at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe that this conference brings together academics and professional activists who are pursuing an agenda that does not advance the goals of peace, even...
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