SPME Research

The Ignorance of the Boycott Brigade 

On 16 December 2013, a pre-eminent academic disciplinary body, the American Studies Association (ASA), used the occasion of its annual conference to push through a boycott of Israeli universities. This unprecedented attack on academic freedom came on the back of…

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The ASA’s glaring hypocrisy

The American Studies Association (ASA) adoption of a BDS resolution in December 2013 garnered a significant backlash from over 250 American university presidents and academic umbrella organizations announcing their rejection of the ASA boycott resolution. Additionally, more than 130 lawmakers…

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Anti-Semitism Denial

As yet more evidence that academics are regularly able to engage in what George Orwell sardonically referred to as “doublethink,” “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them,” this month 40 professors…

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BDS used by American Muslim organization in bid for publicity, community leadership. Pushback from pro-peace advocates blunts campus impacts. European regulations cut Israeli imports from West Bank

Introduction BDS in September built on the summer’s conflict in Gaza, with a variety of efforts to condemn and isolate Israel in academia. European economic threats against Israel in order to force Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have also intensified after the…

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BDS? Beneath the Dignity of Scholars

With the start of the academic year just around the corner, it is time for us to prepare ourselves for the Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) controversy that has hit many campuses and academic bodies. In 2005, the BDS movement…

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