Academic boycott of Israel should open dialogue

On Dec. 15, the members of the American Studies Association (ASA) voted 66% in favor of endorsing the ASA National Council resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The council applied standards predicated on…

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Academics should boycott Israel: Growing movement takes next step

Edward Said (Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Azakir) In recent years, we have seen greater recognition in the United States that religious acrimony and ancient blood feuds are not the source of the Israel-Palestine conflict, whose progenitor in fact is Jewish colonization. As…

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On Academic Freedom and the BDS Movement

Coming on the heels of several spectacular successes of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and its global partners in recent months, the unanimous position taken by the National Council of the American Studies…

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American Academics Stand Up for Justice

When the National Council of the American Studies Association last week passed a motion recommending to its membership to endorse and honor the Palestinian drive to boycott Israeli academic institutions, the expected furor broke out, including accusations of anti-Semitism and…

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The ASA’s Guide to World Peace

Angela Davis, who warmly supported the ASA boycott, with Erich Honecker, the leader of a nation which, unlike Israel, has never done anything bad.(German Federal Archives) Earlier today, members of the American Studies Association voted to confirm the organization’s decision…

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Eight Years of the BDS Movement: Where Have We Come Since 2005? (al-Majdal, Autumn 2013)

As the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement passes the eight year point since the 2005 Call, the 54th issue of al-Majdal evaluates its progress and remarks on areas for development, and spotlights current initiatives attempting to build an effective practice of the BDS tactic. The principal…

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