5 Things You Need to Know about BDS on Campus
The movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel, which is particularly popular on U.S. college campuses, seeks to undermine Israel’s very legitimacy as a state. Its adherents ignore the history and current reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, preferring the moral simplicity of condemnation.
Here are the 5 things that you need to know to understand the threat that BDS represents...
One Year Later: Paris's Jewish Community
One year after the terror attacks against Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher, we sat down with the Paris-based Director of AJC Europe, Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, to get her take on the state of affairs for French Jews.
1. How has the mood among French Jews changed in the year since the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher?
French Jews have mixed and sometimes contradictory feelings. First and foremost, the community has been grieving, profoundly traumatized by the attacks.
It is clear that unlike what happened after the murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006 and the 2012 killings of three schoolchildren and a teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse, when the French people showed little solidarity with the victims, this time France came together. Jews understood that the rest of society was finally coming to see what many in the Jewish community had known and said for years: that attacks on Jews have implications for all of France. Several million people were in the streets expressing solidarity with the victims, reaffirming France’s values, and resisting terror. This was an important positive sign for French Jews.
And yet, many wondered what would have happened if the Jews at Hyper Cacher had been the only victims. The thought that there...
A Deadly Anniversary: What’s At Stake 1 Year Later
Europe’s values are built on the rule of law, pluralism, and the protection of human dignity. One year after the Charlie Hebdo terror attack, the continent finds itself in the midst of an epic struggle against those who seek to destroy those cherished ideals. Here’s a look at the current status of Europe’s fight against radical Islamist terror:
The Charlie Hebdo Attack
January 7, 2016, marks exactly one year since the murderous attack on the Paris offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo. That day, two brothers, both jihadi Islamists, killed 12 people and wounded several others, escaped, and then shot a police officer before being gunned down. Just two days later—while the Charlie Hebdo assassins were still at large—another jihadist, a friend of theirs, took 15 customers hostage inside a kosher food store, the Hyper Cacher, and killed four of them before police shot him to death.
These terrorist incidents on European soil at the outset of 2015 were not the year’s last. Little over a month later—on February 14—another young jihadist man burst into a Copenhagen café where a discussion was taking place on “Art, Blasphemy, and Freedom of Expression” and shot to death a Danish film director. From there the assassin drove to the local synagogue and murdered the man standing guard, a member of the Jewish community.
The Cancer Is Growing
But the range of victims would not be confined to Jews and free-speech advocates. Despite tight security measures that the French government instituted in the wake of Charlie Hebdo, on November 13, Paris was the scene of the country’s deadliest terror episode since World War II. In a carefully coordinated operation, three teams of young jihadists...