U of Michigan punishes professor for refusing to recommend student for study in Israel

John Cheney-Lippold reportedly wrote two letters for students who wanted to study in Israel before his tenure became official. (Facebook)
John Cheney-Lippold reportedly wrote two letters for students who wanted to study in Israel before his tenure became official. (Facebook)

John Cheney-Lippold reportedly wrote two letters for students who wanted to study in Israel before his tenure became official. (Facebook)

(JTA) – The University of Michigan is sanctioning a professor who refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student to study in Israel because he supports a boycott of the country.

John Cheney-Lippold, a professor of American culture, last month declined to recommend junior Abigail Ingber for a semester abroad in Israel because he supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the country. [Read more…]

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Adelson-backed ‘Maccabees’ pro-Israel campus initiative to double to 80 campuses, including some in Canada

(JTA) – The Maccabee Task Force, the initiative funded by billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson targeting the campus BDS movement, will double its presence to 80 campuses and for the first time will operate in Canada.

In place since 2016, the task force works with pro-Israel students on programs countering activities of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel. Last year it funded programs on 40 campuses, chosen because of the intensity of BDS activity on the campus. [Read more…]

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Lana Del Rey defends decision to perform in Israel amid calls for boycott

Lana Del Rey at the premiere of the film “Moonrise Kingdom” at the Cannes Film Festival, May 16, 2012. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Lana Del Rey at the premiere of the film “Moonrise Kingdom” at the Cannes Film Festival, May 16, 2012. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Lana Del Rey at the premiere of the film “Moonrise Kingdom” at the Cannes Film Festival, May 16, 2012. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Lana Del Rey is sticking to her decision to perform in Israel in the face of calls for her to boycott the country.

The singer will be appearing at the Meteor Festival in the northern kibbutz of Lehavot Habashan next month. Advocates of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement have urged her to boycott the country. [Read more…]

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PepsiCo to acquire Israel’s SodaStream for $3.2 billion

A view of the head offices of SodaStream in Lod, southeast of Tel Aviv. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the head offices of SodaStream in Lod, southeast of Tel Aviv. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

A view of the head offices of SodaStream in Lod, southeast of Tel Aviv. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – PepsiCo will acquire the Israeli home soda-maker manufacturer SodaStream for $3.2 billion US, the soft drink giant said Monday.

PepsiCo plans to maintain the Israeli company’s current base of operations in the Negev. SodaStream will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary. [Read more…]

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Jeremy Corbyn was filmed endorsing BDS in 2015

Jeremy Corbyn delivering a speech during his campaign on August 14, 2015, in Edinburgh Scotland. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Jeremy Corbyn delivering a speech during his campaign on August 14, 2015, in Edinburgh Scotland. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn delivering a speech during his campaign on August 14, 2015, in Edinburgh Scotland. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Footage from 2015 shows Jeremy Corbyn endorsing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel as “part and parcel of a legal process that has to be adopted.”

Corbyn, a far-left politician who became the leader of Britian’s Labour Party in 2015, is shown during a conference in Belfast months before he assumed the party leadership. [Read more…]

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Israeli attorney general to investigate security services’ interrogations of liberal activists

Peter Beinart attending the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, June 21 2012. (Flash90)

Peter Beinart attending the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, June 21 2012. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Attorney General’s Office in Israel is investigating a spate of incidents in which prominent left-wing activists have been detained and questioned about their politics and ideologies when trying to enter the country.

According to a report in Haaretz, Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber has asked the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence service, to clarify the reasoning behind its actions, which have been a source of controversy both domestically and abroad. Her investigation follows a complaint by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Zilber plans on chairing a meeting on the issue in September. [Read more…]

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