Academic freedom is not a natural phenomenon like gravity or even a natural corollary of the Rights of Man, but remains a relatively recent social invention.
Few BDS battles have been as successful and informative as the recent defeat of academic boycott at the Modern Language Association.
What does the surprising defeat of an academic boycott at AAA mean for the trajectory of BDS within academic associations?
The spiritual scale and nature of this loserness of BDS was never more on display than it was last week at Brown University.
The big news on the BDS front is about a lawsuit just filed against the American Studies Association (ASA) over the anti-Israel boycott they put in place in 2014.
By now, most of you have probably heard the good news that the American Historical Association (AHA) has voted down a motion “critical of Israel” (i.e., the best the BDSers could do in an environment where their squalid little boycotts are treated with understandable suspicion) by a 2:1 margin. The group responsible for forcing this […]
Recent anti-Israel votes by academic associations (notably ones devoted to anthropology and women’s studies) were shocking, but not surprising. Shock derives from the fact that academic boycotts have always been the most loathed of all boycott, divestment and sanctions activities, given how they collide with and threaten the very academic freedom upon which every scholar […]
It’s no secret that the most successful way to stop a community from being taken advantage of by the forces of BDS is for members of that community to organization against it. As we have seen in places like food coops, where both members and leaders have been hesitant to hand the reputation of their […]
Like so much else that comes from the mouths or pens of the BDSers, claims that Israel and its supporters routinely use accusations of anti-Semitism to stifle debate is really a projection of the boycotters’ own behavior onto others. One need only look through the comment section of pro-Israel websites (including this one) to see […]
Wow! A lot going on in both the BDS and anti-BDS universes this last week. I’m going to focus on the BDS-related story that’s created the most news and havoc all year, statements (albeit conflicting ones) regarding the European telecom provider Orange and their Israeli customers/partners. And, in a subsequent piece, I’ll take a look […]
The most welcome bit of good news all year comes from Olympia Washington where the Washington Supreme Court not only threw out a punitive (and absurd) six-figure fine imposed on Olympia Food Coop members who brought suit against the Coop, but chucked out the state statute that allowed such a travesty of justice to be […]
In retrospect, many a BDS failure seems inevitable. For instance, last night’s decision by the leaders of the Greenstar Food Coop in Ithaca, New York simply continues the 100% failure rate of BDS among food cooperatives (or at least those cooperatives where all members are aware of and allowed to participate in debate on the […]