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It’s Not Anti-Israel, It’s Antisemitic

In May 2021, the world witnessed a sharp escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that was partly triggered by a property dispute in Sheikh Jarrah. While Hamas launched over 4,000 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, activists from all over the world began a wave of protests against Israel and...

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J Street and the Myth of “Creeping Annexation”

Photo: Almon Roth/Wikimedia Commons When organizations or activists report on the Arab-Israeli conflict, instead of relying on the facts, many choose to construct a false narrative that casts Israel in a poor light. J Street, a self-proclaimed pro-Israel and pro-peace organization, resorts to this tactic as well. On April 18th-19th,...

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The Push to ‘Other’ the Identities of Israeli Jews

Photo: Israel Defense Forces/Wikimedia Commons When discussing the history of the establishment of Israel, a commonly parroted trope within anti-Israel and antisemitic circles is that the nation was founded by Jewish people who “colonized” the land and displaced more than 1 million Palestinians in 1948. This is an absurd and...

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Israel Slandered When Described as an Apartheid State

Penn has more than 600 student organizations – a laudable source of pride for our school.  I love seeing Instagram stories and Facebook events that highlight new student initiatives in pursuit of academic honesty and exploration. However, recently, I’ve begun to see some that are very disheartening. In 2019, student...

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The Myth of Arab Displacement in Eastern Jerusalem

Photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons In early May, a host of anti-Israel groups published a petition calling on the international community to “stop Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem!” As expected, it was rife with misinformation and entirely devoid of context.  The petition lists Sheikh Jarrah, Al Bustan, and Batin al...

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