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16 Twitter Accounts to Follow When the World Comes to AJC

 The AJC Global Forum 2016 begins on Sunday! To stay up-to-date on #GloFo and important news on our issues, check out these 16 Twitter accounts:

Jeffrey Goldberg - Wit plus incisive takes on the Middle East have long made Jeffrey Goldberg the go-to American journalist on all things Israel. He spent much of 2015 shadowing President Barack Obama for his blockbuster cover article on the Obama Doctrine for The Atlantic.

Julia Ioffe - Julia Ioffe is an insightful voice covering politics and Russia. She became a household name this year for an unfortunate reason, as she was bombarded with anti-Semitic hate tweets after writing a profile on Melania Trump for GQ. Be sure to follow her--and tweet her something nice!

Richard Haass - The President of the Council on Foreign Relations is a must-follow for all your foreign policy interests. At the Global Forum, he’ll be speaking on a panel on the future of the world and the implications for the Jewish people.

Yossi Klein Halevi - Yossi Klein Halevi’s transformation--from follower of the racist Rabbi Meir Kahane to widely-respected moral voice of Israel--is a deeply compelling story. Almost as compelling as his Twitter feed! Be sure to follow him before his keynote address Sunday evening.

Goldberg, Ioffe, Haass, and Klein Halevi will all be featured in the Opening Plenary of the Global Forum: The Jewish World of Tomorrow. Sign up to receive a reminder email when the webcast of their session is about to begin!

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Date: 6/3/2016
Why the Anti-Israel BDS Campaign Doesn’t Stand a Chance

By Dan Elbaum, AJC Director of Regional Offices

The date was February 9, 1933.  The place was the Oxford Union Debating society.
A week before, Adolf Hitler had been appointed Chancellor of Germany.  Japanese troops occupied Manchuria, Mussolini reigned in Italy, and Spain had begun to tilt toward fascism. 

Yet inside the venerable halls of the Oxford Union Debating society, the motion under debate was a simple one – “That this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country.”  That motion carried by a vote of 275 to 153. 

It is difficult for us today to comprehend the enormity of this outcry.  Their vote caused shockwaves throughout the British Empire and surely comforted Hitler and others worried about the Commonwealth’s willingness to adhere to its treaties.

Yet in the midst of the tumult, one of the students said, “I am certain if war broke out tomorrow the students of the university would flock to the recruiting office as their fathers and uncles did.”

History proved him right.  In 1939, nearly 90 percent of Oxford students and recent graduates enlisted immediately.

When we bemoan the anti-Israel events on campus and question future Jewish support for Israel, it would be wise to keep these words in mind. 

For Israel, the Stakes are High

While the circumstances are vastly different, today we face a BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) effort on our college campuses that challenges Israel’s very right to...

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Date: 5/23/2016
How Hezbollah Exploits Europe


There is an astounding level of sympathy among the European left for the terrorist group Hezbollah. This Iranian proxy, responsible for the deaths of thousands—Americans, Europeans, Israelis, and others—is now fighting to prop up the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, and also keeps some 100,000 advanced rockets aimed at Israeli population centers.

Europe, reluctant to ban Hezbollah in its entirety, has created an artificial distinction between “military” and “political” wings of the terror group—a distinction Hezbollah itself rejects—and sanctioned only the former. This has allowed Hezbollah supporters throughout Europe to continue raising funds for the so-called political arm of the terrorist organization with relative impunity.

Here are the three ways Hezbollah exploits Europe’s goodwill:

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Date: 5/4/2016
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