What does the surprising defeat of an academic boycott at AAA mean for the trajectory of BDS within academic associations?
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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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Note: A recent bout of comment spam has caused me to turn my troublesome spam block back on. If anyone is trying to post legitimate comment and is having trouble with the CAPTCHA code, send them to me and I’ll post them directly. Well the doofuses who run the American Studies Association (ASA) have found […]
First off, apologies for yesterday’s outage. Apparently, an over-eager shoe and pants salesman tried to sell their wares in the site’s comment section to the tune of tens of thousands of messages, all of which were snagged by an alert spam blocker. But an equally alert web host decided to shut things down to give […]
Time for yet another thought experiment, this one designed to answer the question I ended my last piece with, namely, what makes the nature of BDS so unfathomable to those who (like ASA and Oxfam) become its willing victims? To kick things off, think about a political issue you care passionately about. Maybe it’s pollution […]
When you are in the thick of defending the Jewish state from the endless propaganda assault of its enemies, it’s easy to lose track of how marginal movements like BDS really are. For outside of the specific communities BDS seeks to infiltrate (mostly progressive institutions such as colleges and universities, liberal churches and unions), the […]
One of the great pleasures in battling BDS is that rare opportunity to watch the boycotters try to defend their indefensible actions and behavior. I say “rare” because, for the most part, any reversal, defeat or excess experienced by the BDS “movement” is routinely ignored, or spun into just another form of victory (just like […]
Other web sites, notably Legal Insurrection (which has taken such a leadership role in responding to the American Studies Association boycott) have kept running commentaries of hostile responses to the decision of ASA to shun their Israeli colleagues (but just the Jewish ones) that came in the wake of the organization’s boycott vote earlier this […]