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Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Israeli Security, Regional Diplomacy, and International Law


Defending Israel, One Article at a Time

Nestled in a small building in the German Colony in Jerusalem, Israel, is a quaint, historic building known as the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). This edifice houses a group of scholars who are interested in defending Israel. I had the pleasure of interning for them this summer.


Combating Delegitimization and BDS

Combating Delegitimization and BDS is a major multilingual public diplomacy program exposing those forces that are questioning Israel’s very legitimacy, while carrying out initiatives to strengthen Israel’s fundamental right to security and to reinforce the connection between the Jewish people and their historical homeland including Jerusalem. The program also provides resources for commentators and educates […]


Anti-Semitism is the Motivation for the BDS Campaign Whose Goal is to Delegitimize Israel

Israel is rightly alarmed at the escalating scale of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. BDS constitutes a concrete threat to the future of Israel’s economic, academic, cultural, sports and political standing. BDS is not only a well-organized and structured global operation that aims to push for Israel to withdraw from territories, but a campaign […]


Israel and the Gaza Strip: Why Economic Sanctions Are Not Collective Punishment

Israel and the Gaza Strip: Why Economic Sanctions Are Not Collective Punishment Justus Reid Weiner,1 Gilad Lindenfeld,2 Ilia Binyamin,3 Matityahu Wanderman,4 Jennifer Lang5 Executive Summary The economic measures that Israel uses against the Hamas proto-government in Gaza fall under legitimate uses of economic sanctions, and conform to the requirements set forth in Article 50 of the […]


Unmasking BDS: Radical Roots, Extremist Ends

  Introduction In the summer of 2014, Hamas fired more than four thousand rockets, and assaulted Israel using a vast underground network of attack tunnels that reached well into Israeli territory. The Israel Defense Forces responded by targeting the terrorist infrastructure of Gaza, triggering scores of pro-Hamas demonstrations in European and North American cities in […]


The Role of NGOs in the Palestinian Political War Against Israel

Since the late 1990s influential human rights NGOs such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International have been at the forefront of attempts to delegitimize Israel. These international NGOs often work in concert with the Arab League and the Islamic bloc in UN frameworks, as well as with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, promoting false […]