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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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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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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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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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The ASA Westin Two-Step

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 […]

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Can ASA President Lisa Duggan Keep a Secret?

We interrupt whatever I was going to say next for one of those “What the hell were they thinking?” BDS moments, this one from Lisa Duggan, the incoming President of the American Studies Association. When we last left the new leader of this once unknown, now infamous, academic organization she was celebrating the “dialog” triggered […]

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ASA and Oxfam – Another Thought Experiment

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Thought Experiments

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 […]

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