Sheri Oz

Once a Jew Always a Jew – Jewish Self-Hate

Ryan Bellerose, Meti Canadian, put on a kippa for a week and saw what it is like to walk around town as if he was an easily identifiable Jew. In contrast, I left Toronto in 1970 to go to university in Ottawa, leaving my Jewish neighbourhood behind and seeing myself …

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Situation in Palestine is Normal – No Need for BDS

situation in Palestine is normal

  Well, I wonder if it will comfort proponents of academic boycott of Israel to learn that the situation in Palestine is normal – according to someone with whom I communicated at An-Najah University in Nablus. I didn’t know what exactly he meant by “normal” so I sent a second …

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JDL – Much Ado About Nothing at York University, Toronto

Sometimes it is smarter to keep silent than to make a fuss. It is not necessarily weakness. The demonstration at York University yesterday (Feb 4, 2016) was a prime example of silence being golden. Not because one should always be silent — because one should not always be anything — but because …

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Hebrews, Israelites, Modern Jews – We Haven’t Changed

hebrews israelites modern jews

Some things and some people never change. I guess. Seems we Jews have always been the same as we are now. Read the following quote from a book published in 1831. I dare you to tell me it doesn’t sound familiar. I dare you to tell me it couldn’t have …

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Oslo II: What Did Peres and Abbas Expect?

Oslo II - Peres, Abbas

This is my summary and critique of an article published in 1996 (citation below). I bring this now because we can see that even at that early stage points were being drawn in the sand in what has become a trajectory of failure. The article outlines the “peace process” clearly …

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Coming Home/Missing Home: Toronto and Israel

coming home

My body is sitting in Starbucks at Christie and Dupont, freezing somewhat because they keep the heat low; I suppose that’s to try to prevent people like me from parking here for hours on end, but people like me just sit rubbing their hands together when they’re not typing, put …

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Responding to Antisemitism in Art on Campus

responding to antisemitism

The Jewish Defence League – JDL – is planning a protest against the antisemitic mural at York University. And a week ago, I was asked by a group fighting defamation of Israel on North American campuses to go to the site of the mural and call the police to report it as …

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Islamist Terrorist Cult Recruitment

terrorist cult recruitment

Theories of cult induction may best explain much of what we are seeing today in terrorist groups, better than theories regarding marginalization and poverty. Understanding Islamist terrorist cult recruitment and induction can provide us with tools for helping young people resist the charms of the cult leader. First, let us …

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Want to Boycott Israel? Ignore This PA University.

Congratulations are in order for An-Najah National University (ANU) of Nablus. It heads the list of the top 12 “Palestinian” universities, ranked by an international site that ranks over 11,000 institutions in more than 200 countries. If the supporters of academic boycott against Israel want to find evidence of the …

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Youth Who Resist Joining Terror Organizations

joining terror organizations

Most researchers studying terrorist recruitment ask how they entice members who are willing to commit horrendous violent crimes in the name of Islam. Political scientist Kim Cragin and colleagues at Rand approach the topic from the opposite perspective – what are the conditions in which youth actually reject recruitment? Of …

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Terror and Islam are Not Connected! Really?

terror and islam

Why should Obama and Clinton think terror and Islam are related when so many academicians pontificate about how suicide bombings have nothing to do with the religion? Why should they think terror is related to Islam when those analysts who do connect the two are scorned and condemned for it? …

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Hypocrisy of the NWSA Boycott of Israel

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The NWSA (National Women’s Studies Association), in a statement copied below this article, claims to be part of “a transformative and critical field” that pursue[s] a just world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential: as feminist scholars, educators, and activists, for example, [they] advance critiques of …

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Academic Boycott of Israel – Quashing the Lies

academic boycott against Israel

Academic boycott resolutions voted on by the memberships of the various professional associations have preambles that outline their “problems” with the Jewish state. In this article I present just one of the many misrepresentations of the Israeli situation and show how it may just not hold water. I cannot claim …

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AAUP Opposes Academic Boycott, But Who Cares!

academic boycott against Israel

Four professional associations have already voted to boycott Israel academically. The American Association for University Professors (AAUP) does not approve of this form of protest, but does it have any teeth? Can it do anything to get their members to bring down this despicable trend to muzzle academic freedom supposedly …

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The Feisal-Weizmann Agreement Is Not What it Appears

Feisal-Weizmann Agreement

Israel uses the Feisal-Weizmann Agreement of 1919 as evidence that the Arab leadership was at one time favourable toward the establishment of the Jewish state. I recommend that we stop doing this. While there is within the document a hint that Feisal bin Hussein bin Ali al-Hashemi did recognize the …

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Promoting the “Palestinian” Fallacy

Palestinian lie

When Arab writers and pro-Israeli activists I respect, such as Fred Maroun, cry out that the Palestinians exist and we cannot say they do not, they are falling into the trap of promoting the lie. I deny the existence of a nation called Palestine, something that never existed in human …

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Palestinian By Any Other Name . . .

Palestinian

The name “Palestinian” has come to be fallaciously associated with Arabs. This deceit cements the contemptuous rewriting of history of which we Jews are only too familiar (for example Holocaust denial). I propose that one major obstacle to a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the Holy Land lies in …

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Fight Academic Boycott from within Your Association

Academic Boycott Against Israel Illegal

Academic boycott has become a fad that is attracting ivory tower dwellers left, right and center, so to speak, but more to the point, probably just left and lefter. After the American Studies Association came the American Anthropological Association, with the National Women’s Studies Association following holding onto their coat …

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BDS – Poles Apart

Academic Boycott Against Israel Illegal

I struggle to understand why Israel is being demonized to the extent that academics in the so-called enlightened and educated world are boycotting us. It is a selective boycott, to be sure. But the BDS declarations are so filled with hate and lies that I am astounded that the boycott …

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How to Boycott Israel Without Really Meaning It

In 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) approved a resolution to academically sanction Israel. It is, in fact, a non-boycott boycott. At “Palestinian” request, academic and nonacademic organizations in Europe and the USA have been approving resolutions to boycott Israel. The American Studies Association is just one of such groups …

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