Writings by Alexander H. Joffe

Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
Title Publication Date
How Hamas Took UNRWA Hostage The National InterestJune 7, 2021
Joe Biden's Mideast Policy: Obama Redux BESA Center PerspectivesFebruary 4, 2021
The US Election: Preliminary Lessons for US Allies BESA Center PerspectivesNovember 16, 2020
BDSers Double Down on Intersectionality after Abraham Accords BDS MonitorSeptember 30, 2020
BDS Pushback at GWU, the Democratic Party, the EU, and an Art Museum BDS MonitorMay 22, 2020
BDS Scores Important Victories on Campus, Expands Influence in Political Races and US House BDS MonitorMarch 30, 2020
UN Publishes Anti-Israel Blacklist, BDS Pressures Democratic Candidates and Universities BDS MonitorMarch 2, 2020
Sanders, AIPAC, and Israel BESA Center PerspectivesFebruary 26, 2020
Democrats, Experts, and Peace Plans BESA Center PerspectivesFebruary 4, 2020
Complaints Arising from Executive Order on Antisemitism Expand as More Countries Adopt IHRA Definition. BDS and Antisemitism in K-12 Comes into Focus. Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)January 29, 2020
Soleimani, the Blob, and the Echo Chamber BESA Center Mideast Security and Policy StudiesJanuary 6, 2020
BDS Returns to Campus BDS MonitorOctober 29, 2019
BDS, Antisemitism, and Class BESA Center PerspectivesOctober 15, 2019
The Tlaib-Omar Show, Controversial Curriculum SPME BDS MonitorAugust 28, 2019
The UN Agency for Palestinians Is Even Worse Than You Imagine The Wall Street JournalAugust 6, 2019
BDS Activists Police Israel Events, Normalize Antisemitism BDS MonitorMay 29, 2019
A Memo to Jared Kushner on the 'Deal of the Century' BESA Center PerspectivesMay 12, 2019
Campus BDS Resolution Yield Mixed Results as Political Split Over BDS Expands SPMEApril 25, 2019
BDS on Campus Scores Victories but University Presidents Refuse to Boycott Israel SPMEMarch 28, 2019
The Antisemitism Crisis in the Democratic Party BESA Center PerspectivesMarch 20, 2019
The Failure of Palestinian Nationalism BESA Center PerspectivesMarch 10, 2019
Israeli Report Shows BDS-Terror Connections as Progressive Democratic Support for BDS Expands SPMEFebruary 27, 2019
Americans' Two Conceptions of Israel BESA Center PerspectivesFebruary 19, 2019
Pushing Aside Jewish Concerns About BDS The AlgemeinerJanuary 31, 2019
The BDS Fight Boils Over on Campus and Elsewhere The AlgemeinerJanuary 7, 2019
Faculty-Administration Splits over BDS and 'Free Speech' Intensify as Campuses Are Split over BDS Resolution SPMEJanuary 2, 2019
Explaining the Trump Doctrine BESA Center PerspectivesDecember 18, 2018
Supporting Faculty on Israel: Now More Than Ever BESA CenterDecember 16, 2018
'Free Speech' Crisis Expands as Politicians, Universities, Edge Closer to BDS Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)October 30, 2018
As US Cuts funding, UNRWA Employees Forced to Flee Gaza Washington ExaminerOctober 11, 2018
The West's New Antisemitism Crisis: Why Right Now? BESA CenterSeptember 23, 2018
Palestinians, You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee Wall Street JournalSeptember 6, 2018
BDS Advocates Try to Split Jewish Community from Israel The AlgemeinerAugust 1, 2018
Time to Rethink Our Attitudes to Middle East Refugees TabletJuly 18, 2018
BDS: Connections to Terror and Poisoning Jewish Youth The AlgemeinerJuly 3, 2018
Reframing the Middle Eastern and Palestinian Refugee Crises The AlgemeinerMarch 14, 2018
Reframing the Middle Eastern and Palestinian Refugee Crises BESA CenterMarch 13, 2018
A Rapid Descent Into Antisemitism The AlgemeinerMarch 4, 2018
How Aid to Palestinians Hurts - Not Helps - the Peace Process ForwardJanuary 22, 2018
The U.N. Agency That Keeps Palestinians from Prospering The Wall Street JournalJanuary 11, 2018
Palestinians and Internationalization: Means and Ends BESA Center PerspectivesNovember 26, 2017
Europe's 'Red-Green Alliance': A Dystopian Scenario BESA Center PerspectivesNovember 13, 2017
How the Quakers Became Champions of BDS TabletNovember 10, 2017
BDS Hijacks Anti-Fascism on Campus; Mixed Scorecard on Political and International Fronts SPME BDS MonitorSeptember 29, 2017
Palestinian Settler-Colonialism BESA Center PerspectivesSeptember 3, 2017
SPME BDS Monitor: Boycott Marches on, but Double Standards Become Painfully Clear Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)July 31, 2017
Hands Off the Antiquities The American InterestJuly 15, 2017
SPME BDS Monitor: Academic Situation Improves, Cultural Sphere Worsens The AlgemeinerJuly 4, 2017
Axing UNRWA: The End of the Beginning? New York Daily NewsJune 12, 2017
Palestinians and the Balfour Declaration at 100: Resisting the Past BESA Center PerspectivesMarch 26, 2017
Is Judaism a Good Model for Islamic Reform? The ForwardFebruary 22, 2017
New Leads on Looted Middle Eastern Antiquities The HillDecember 17, 2016
The United Nations' Palestinian Refugee Industry The National PostNovember 23, 2016
Why UNESCO Shouldn't Treat Jerusalem as a Weapon The National InterestNovember 6, 2016
BDS, Political Religion, and the Crisis of the Global Left BESA Center PerspectivesOctober 28, 2016
Why the Origins of the BDS Movement Matter The Times of IsraelAugust 31, 2016
'Anti-Normalization' Is an Assault on Israelis and Palestinians Alike The National PostAugust 3, 2016
Radicalization and the Grain of Sand The Daily CallerJune 28, 2016
Why Millennials Dislike Israel The Times of IsraelJune 8, 2016
What Is Zochrot Really Remembering? The Times of IsraelApril 14, 2016
Healthy Institutions Don't Boycott Israel The FederalistFebruary 11, 2016
ISIS and Antiquities: The Missing Pieces The National InterestJanuary 25, 2016
The Quaker War on Israel The Wall Street JournalNovember 5, 2015
What the Stabbings in Israel Reveal about Palestinian Society The Times of IsraelOctober 14, 2015
Why Empower Iran? The Times of IsraelAugust 3, 2015
The Deal with Iran: How to Make Lemonade out of Lemons The Times of IsraelJuly 14, 2015
Abbas to Syria's Palestinian Refugees: Go to Israel or 'Die in Syria' The American InterestMay 17, 2015
The Islamic State's Shocking Assault on History The National InterestMarch 11, 2015
Why Don't the British Like Israel? The Times of IsraelFebruary 5, 2015
How Much Zionism is Acceptable to the BDS-Lite Movement? The American InterestJanuary 7, 2015
How the State Department Annually Perpetuates Palestinian Misery The National InterestDecember 19, 2014
Give the Palestinian Authority—Not the U.N.—the Money, Responsibility, and Glory The New RepublicAugust 29, 2014
From the Ashes of Iraq: Mesopotamia Rises Again The National InterestAugust 20, 2014
Stop Giving Money to the U.N.'s Relief Agency for Palestinians The New RepublicAugust 18, 2014
From Welfare to Warfare The American InterestAugust 2, 2014
Why [Israeli-Palestinian] Negotiations Collapsed The Times of IsraelMay 3, 2014
Reading the Obama Interview The Times of IsraelMarch 3, 2014
The American Jewish fairness trap The Times of IsraelFebruary 27, 2014
The Politics of the Palestinian Right of Return ForbesFebruary 24, 2014
The Arab League and peace, after 68 years The Times of IsraelJanuary 9, 2014
When Did the Quakers Stop Being Friends? The TowerDecember 2013
American Jewish Demography and the challenge of supporting Israel The Times of IsraelNovember 25, 2013
Is The Arab-Israeli Conflict Really About Economics? ForbesJune 26, 2013
A Review of Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) Scholars for Peace in the Middle EastMarch 24, 2013
Why on earth is Obama going to Israel? The Times of IsraelMarch 12, 2013
BDS and the Jewish Studies Trap The AlgemeinerFebruary 8, 2013
Learning the Wrong Lessons from Ike The National InterestFebruary 1, 2013
Netanyahu the Palestinian Project SyndicateJanuary 2, 2013
UNRWA Keeps Quiet on Syria The National InterestNovember 9, 2012
Preserving the Syrian Paper Trail The National InterestOctober 17, 2012
Why Hasn't There Been Another Palestinian Intifada? ForbesSeptember 9, 2012
Neologism and Nationalism Jewish Ideas DailyAugust 30, 2012
Are we willing to die to save the past? SpikedAugust 15, 2012
Academics against Israel Jerusalem PostOctober 19, 2005
Concerning Academic Ignorance FrontPageMagazine.comSeptember 21, 2005
Back to the campus follies American ThinkerSeptember 14, 2005
Academic freedom in Gaza and beyond American ThinkerJuly 13, 2005
Academics Against Israel FrontPageMagazine.comJune 1, 2005
The Iraq Museum, Reloaded Tech Central StationMay 10, 2005
When Academia Favors Values Over Facts ForwardApril 1, 2005
You Know More Than You Think FrontPageMagazine.comJanuary 31, 2005
Islamophobia's Big Day at the UN FrontPageMagazine.comDecember 15, 2004
Articles in Middle East Quarterly
Title Publication Date
UNRWA Resists Resettlement Middle East QuarterlyFall 2012
The Rhetoric of Nonsense Middle East QuarterlySummer 2012
Egypt's Antiquities Caught in the Revolution Middle East QuarterlySpring 2011
Juan Cole and the Decline of Middle Eastern Studies Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2006
Juan Cole and the Decline of Middle Eastern Studies Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2006
Museum Madness in Baghdad Middle East QuarterlySpring 2004
After Saddam Is Gone Middle East QuarterlyJune 2000
Title Publication Date
Whose Holy Land? Archaeology Meets Geopolitics in Today's Middle East Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2021
Palmyra, Mirage in the Desert Middle East QuarterlySummer 2019
Palestine Investigated: The Criminal Investigation Department of the Palestine Police Force, 1920-1948 Middle East QuarterlyFall 2017
Competitive Archaeology in Jordan: Narrating Identity from the Ottomans to the Hashemites. Middle East QuarterlySummer 2016
Students and Resistance in Palestine: Books, Guns, and Politics Middle East QuarterlyFall 2015
The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East Middle East QuarterlySpring 2015
Crusader Castles and Modern Histories Middle East QuarterlySpring 2008
Reclaiming a Plundered Past: Archaeology and Nation Building in Modern Iraq Middle East QuarterlyFall 2006
Jealous Gods and Chosen People: The Mythology of the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyFall 2005
Sacrificing Truth: Archaeology and the Myth of Masada Middle East QuarterlyFall 2003
Audio, Video and Transcripts
Title Publication Date
UNRWA - Providing Humanitarian Relief or Prolonging the Palestinian Refugee Problem United NationsMay 19, 2014
The Quakers and Palestinian Refugee Relief Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and PolicyMarch 7, 2014
Middle East Forum Blog
Title Publication Date
AIPAC, Trump, and the Land of Shadows Medium.comMarch 23, 2016
Middle East Studies in the News
Title Publication Date
Boycott Israel Movement on the March Across College Campuses [incl. MESA] Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)November 30, 2015
Campus Watch Research
Title Publication Date
Outside View: Language panels revisited United Press InternationalMarch 20, 2006
Cartoon Muhammads and the Academic Caricature FrontPage MagazineFebruary 6, 2006
Georgetown Sells Out to the Saudis FrontPage MagazineDecember 15, 2005
Utopianism and Worse: The "One State Solution" at Georgetown and Elsewhere FrontPage MagazineNovember 14, 2005
Academics against Israel Jerusalem PostOctober 19, 2005
Concerning Academic Ignorance [CW responds to William Polk] FrontPage MagazineSeptember 21, 2005
Back to the campus follies American ThinkerSeptember 14, 2005
Academic freedom in Gaza and beyond American ThinkerJuly 13, 2005
'Outside Groups'and Academe [regarding Jon Wiener's comments on the Columbia crisis] Chronicle of Higher EducationJuly 8, 2005
Academics Against Israel [on the AUT boycott of Israeli universities] FrontPage MagazineJune 1, 2005
The Iraq Museum, Reloaded Tech Central StationMay 10, 2005
When Academia Favors Values Over Facts ForwardApril 1, 2005
A wider debate Times Higher Education SupplementFebruary 11, 2005
You Know More Than You Think FrontPage MagazineJanuary 31, 2005
Islamophobia's Big Day at the UN FrontPage MagazineDecember 15, 2004
Moonlighting: Non-Specialists in the News
Title Publication Date
Presidential Candidates Renounce Boycotts as Antisemitism Spreads [incl. Jasbir Puar] The AlgemeinerApril 1, 2016