Archive | Academic Boycott

News from the Campus BDS Front

Several striking bits of good news on the campus-wars front from both the Right and Left Coasts. Here in New England, it looks like the student body of Bowdoin College shot down an academic boycott measure by a massive margin of nearly 5:1. In this case, the BDS measure was particularly sweeping, consisting as it […]

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Academic Boycott – A Case Study

Over the last two years, whenever critics have condemned anti-Israel academic boycotts as an attack on academic freedom that would, by necessity, harm individual scholars, we were told by academic boycott proponents that their actions were targeted solely at institutions and would thus have no impact on professors, students or scholarship. It’s been hard to put […]

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History Has Spoken – The AHA BDS Blues

As some of you might have heard, the latest attempt to bring an academic association on board the BDS “bandwagon” collapsed last night as the American Historical Association voted 144 to 51 to not bring two anti-Israel resolutions up for a vote within the wider organization. The specifics of the decision will likely seem Byzantine […]

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What to Do About Academic Boycotts

As I described last time, academic boycotts can be treated with outrage, with contempt, with fear or with defiance.  But if any of these reactions are going to lead to specific actions, it’s best to understand the true nature of such boycotts and those that are trying to push them onto an organization. Long time […]

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Majority of a Minority and Academic Boycotts

There are a number of ways to approach the latest campaigns against Israel within academic associations like the American Studies Association (ASA), the UAW graduate student union in California and, most recently, the American Anthropology Association (AAA) and Middle East Studies Association (MESA). One option would be to simply express outrage at the sheer ludicrousness […]

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The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel

I’ve just finished reading The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, a book of essays edited by Cary Nelson, former President of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and Professor Gabriel Noah Brahm of Northern Michigan University, both veterans of recent boycott wars within academia and contributors to this remarkable volume. Before getting into […]

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Consistency

About a week ago, I started jumping into discussion forums related to the ASA boycott. Unlike discussion I tried to have with PCUSA members who supported this summer’s divestment vote, ASA boycott debates were taking place on news sites that (in contrast to allegedly dialog-starved Presbyterian bloggers) don’t tend to delete challenging posts. Even so, […]

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Death Threats

The leadership of the American Studies Association (ASA) had a bit of a problem as their conference wound to a close last week. Even before that event began, claims that January’s vote of 16% of the membership represented democratic support for the boycott seemed at odds with the fact that not one American Studies department […]

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Campus On Fire 2 – What to Do?

The two pieces of advice that I use as a mantra in the fight against BDS (don’t panic/don’t be complacent) are inexorably linked. Last time (and over the years), I’ve pointed out things that should calm us when we hear stories of BDS and other anti-Israel activity “on the march,” such as the non-existent economic […]

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Holy Land Comings and Goings

A couple of interesting items originating from the Holy Land (or by way of the Holy Land) recently. First off, the Reut Institute – an Israeli think tank that has done valuable and original work on of Israeli domestic and international issues over the last decade – has recently returned to the subject of de-legitimization. […]

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The ASA Media Ban

In case any more evidence was necessary to demonstrate how thoroughly BDS softens the brain, one need look no further than the latest misstep from our old friends in the American Studies Association (ASA) who just turned out a brand-spanking, freshly-minted, new policy that explains what sort of press is allowed to cover their upcoming […]

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