Pro BDS

Were Students Punished for Protesting Israel?

A member of Students for Justice in Palestine protests in Washington, D.C. / Getty Images Debate about Israel and Palestine on college campuses is coming to a head  this week, with over 200 activists expected  to rally in solidarity with…

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Statement in Support of Academic Boycott of Israel

The following is a statement from the faculty and staff members whose names follow the statement. Many UMass Boston faculty, staff, and students support the American Studies Association (ASA) resolution to join the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The academic…

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BDS and Academic Freedom

Panelists: Professor Bill Mullen (Purdue), Radhika Sainath (Palestine Solidarity Legal Support), Sherry Wolf (International Socialist Review), Professor Ashley Dawson (College of Staten Island/Graduate Center, CUNY) Moderator: Christopher Stone (Hunter/Graduate Center, CUNY) April 2, 2014 7:00-9:00pm Room C202-205, CUNY GC This…

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BDS opponents still don’t get it

With the recent Scarlett Johansen affair, mainstream media coverage of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement reached new heights around the world. The Hollywood actor was backed into the position of having to choose between the high-profile charity Oxfam…

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Op-Ed: Boycotting settlements is not anti-Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) — On her way out the door to defend the SodaStream company,  the suddenly political Scarlett Johannson threw a grenade at her erstwhile  cause, the international aid organization Oxfam. According to her spokesperson, “she and Oxfam have…

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Why Israel Fears the Boycott

JERUSALEM — IF Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to revive talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority fail because of Israel’s continuing construction of illegal settlements, the Israeli government is likely to face an international boycott “on steroids,” as…

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Harmful rhetoric can break the momentum of boycott efforts

The recent SodaStream controversy has illustrated both the power and shortcomings of the various pro-Palestinian boycott movements. The falling out between actress Scarlett Johansson and her long-term former partners at Oxfam – who support settlement boycotts, but not boycotts against…

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A Tipping Point?

“What seemed impossible only a year ago seems quite possible now,” an  academic involved in the American Studies Association endorsement of an academic  boycott of Israel wrote to me after the news of the ASA membership vote on the  boycott…

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