Pro BDS

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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Ten things we’ve learned about opposition to academic boycott

Palestinian students protest outside their school in the occupied West Bank village of Sawya on 20 October 2010, after Israeli settlers set fire to it.(Wagdi Eshtayah / APA images) With four scholarly associations in the past year articulating support for…

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Understanding the boycott of Israel’s universities

The growing movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israeli universities has struck a chord in Israel. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said recently that the boycott campaign, which drew new attention when it was joined last month by the American…

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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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