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Some Jews No Longer Qualify . . .

by Allan Lichtenstein   SINCE I AM an Israeli citizen, Israel’s recent decision last March to ban entry to members of certain Jewish activist groups will not affect me. When the ban passed the Israeli Knesset, therefore, taking aim at the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS), I did not pay much attention. The law forbids “granting entry visas […]

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O My America: Go Ahead and Boycott

by Lawrence Bush   YOU WANT to boycott Israel? You now have my blessing, thanks to Donald Trump. For the many years I’ve been associated with Jewish Currents, and for years before that association began (I was assistant editor 1978-83 and have been editor since 2002), the magazine has defined itself as “non-Zionist, pro-Israel.” This meant that we were […]

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The Dollars and Sense of BDS

IS THE BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS MOVEMENT HAVING IMPACT? by Ron Skolnik from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents THIS PAST JULY, while American eyes were glued to the commencement of the Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued an unexpectedly triumphalist declaration: Israel, he crowed, had “beaten” the international BDS […]

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March 9: The Boycott of Germany

Dr. Julius Lippert, the Nazi state commissar for Berlin, spoke at a meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in that city on this date in 1935 and called upon the U.S. business establishment to put an end to the “Jewish boycott” of Germany, which had resulted, he said, in damage to American farmers and […]

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The Uncivil Servant: BDS and Free Speech in France

by Mitchell Abidor IN LATE OCTOBER, France’s highest appeals court issued a decision with such alarming implications that it deserved far greater notice outside that country than it has received. The court determined that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement is in violation of French law prohibiting discrimination based on national origin. The court has, […]

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Divest and Regulate!

Building a “Fence” around Fossil Fuels An Editorial from the Summer 2015 issue of Jewish Currents BUILDING A “FENCE AROUND THE TORAH” (s’yag l’torah) is a rabbinic prescription that urges the creation of a buffer zone between our behavior and the possible violation of what is sacred. In religious circles, this adds up simply to […]

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April 24: Estée Lauder

Cosmetics capitalist Estée Lauder (Josephine Esther Mentzer) died at 95 on this date in 2004. She was born to Hungarian immigrants who ran a hardware store, and she became interested in cosmetics through the work of her uncle, a chemist who developed beauty products and fragrances. In 1953, she introduced her first fragrance, “Youth Dew,” […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: Global Divestment Day

February 13-14 by Mimi Bluestone FOSSIL FUELS ARE THE VILLAINS of our climate saga, the culprits that must be vanquished if we have any hope of maintaining a planet that’s hospitable to human life. Renewable energy sources can rescue us from this fiery dragon, and these renewable knights are real. Solar energy employs more people […]

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