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How can these U.S. universities justify membership in American Studies Association after Israel boycott?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:00pm
Cornell Techion Campus Drawing

As detailed in numerous posts over the past weeks, the American Studies Association has passed an academic boycott of Israeli universities.

Although the resolution does not make this distinction, ASA asserts in its explanation that the boycott applies only to the institutions and “not individual scholars, students, or cultural workers who will...

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Boycott, Divest and Sanction the American Studies Association

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:20am
Declare Your Freedom Screen Shot Israel BDS

I really hate boycotts. I have been highly critical of various forms of boycott, not just limited to the anti-Israel and mostly anti-Semitic Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS)movement.

At some point though, unilateral disarmament doesn’t work anymore. Even those who love peace sometimes need to fight back.

This is not a partisan issue —...

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ASA issues member talking points to counter university pushback over Israel boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:24pm
ASA Netanyahu Bomb

The decision of the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli academic institutions is a discriminatory, malicious action which ranks with the odious Zionism is Racism resolution passed by the U.N. General Assembly in 1975 and later rescinded.

Former Harvard President Lawrence Summers correctly calls it anti-Semitic in effect, if not intent, and...

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American Studies Association members ratify anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:07am
Palestinian Campaign for Academic Boycott Facebook Header

An announcement just was posted on the American Studies Association website, and reads in part:

ASA Members Vote To Endorse Academic Boycott of Israel

The members of the American Studies Association have endorsed the Association’s participation in a boycott...

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Tax-Exempt Status of American Studies Association to be challenged if Israel boycott resolution passes

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9:45pm
American Studies Association

As I have previously indicated, I believe the anti-Israel academic boycott resolution of the American Studies Association calls into question ASA’s 501(c)(3) tax exemption.

Voting on the resolution ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 15.  If the resolution passes, I intend on challenging ASA’s 501(c)(3) status through IRS procedures.

To that end, I have retained...

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American Studies Association about to pass odious equivalent of Zionism is Racism resolution

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2:02pm
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Speech UN Zionism is not Racism

The U.N. General Assembly in 1975 passed the odious Zionism is Racism resolution, which has since been rescinded.

Voting closes today at the American Studies Association on an equally odious resolution singling out Israel, and Israel alone, for academic boycott. It is, as former Harvard President

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Mahmoud Abbas rejects boycott of Israel as American Studies Association votes on boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 8:44am
Abbas Israel Boycott The Star

An interesting thing happened at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, rejected the Boycott Divest and Sanction campaign against Israel, urging only a boycott of Israeli products made in the West Bank.

While in South Africa this week for the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Palestinian Authority...

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Lawrence Summers: Academic boycott of Israel is “anti-Semitism in effect”

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:49am
Charlie Rose interview Lawrence Summers Screen Shot ASA boycott

Lawrence Summers, former President of Harvard University, has commented on the proposed resolution by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli academic organizations.  The membership voting on the anti-Israel boycott resolution concludes on December 15.

For background on the proposed academic boycott and those anti-Israeli “academics” who worked for years on the...

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Good people opposing academic boycott of Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:26pm
http://youtu.be/Fj4hDohtph4

I don’t know what the outcome will be regarding the proposal by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli academic institutions.  The membership voting ends December 15.

While...

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Israel’s Bedouin redevelopment plan scrapped

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:14am
Israeli Bedouin City of Rahat 2012 (credit Wikimedia Common, Romayan)

We have written extensively about the so-called Prawer-Begin Plan to redevelop Bedouin communities in the Negev desert.

(added) The Plan never was official Israeli policy. It simply was a bill advancing through the Knesset but never fully approved and never law.

The Plan would have included relocating about 15% of the Bedouin population...

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Who is paying me?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:39pm
Twitter - @tenuredradical - Oh Please Who is Paying You

I had a conversation on Twitter today with Professor Claire Potter, the subject of the post Tenured radicals cannot be trusted with our academic freedom.

Potter first forcefully and repeatedly opposed the academic boycott of Israeli educational institutions proposed by the American Studies Association because it violated principles of academic...

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Does American Studies Association have guts to boycott Cornell too?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:27am
Cornell Techion Campus Drawing

Being anti-Israel is the easiest thing to be in academia these days.

An example is the recommendation by the National Council of the American Studies Association for a boycott of Israeli academic organizations. The vote of the membership is pending, with voting closing on December 15.

I detailed yesterday how one ASA member,...

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Tenured radicals cannot be trusted with our academic freedom

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:00am
Israeli Amb Michael Oren shouted down at UC Irvine 2010

The anti-Israel Boycott Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement is a frequent focus here because it embodies so much of the pathology of the Leftist-Islamist anti-Israel coalition.

While disavowing anti-Semitism, BDS singles out and holds only Israel to standards not applied much less met by any other country in the Middle East or...

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Renowned Pianist Evgeny Kissin Stands Up to Anti-Israel Boycott Movement

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:05am
Yvgeny Kissin Concert

One of the tactics of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement is to disrupt appearances not only by Israeli speakers, but also dancers, artists and musicians.

In 2010, for example, the Jerusalem Quartet had to stop its performance in London after a BDS protester would not stop shouting. In September...

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