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University statements rejecting academic boycott of Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 12:32pm
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Note: This post originally was to list just a few statements from university Presidents, but as it has expanded it now will be the repository to gather the statements as a source for others. The title — but not the url — has been changed as has some of the text.

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Anti-Israel academic boycotters threaten legal action against opponents

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:00pm
ASA Petition to boycott Israel

The anti-Israeli academic boycott resolution passed by the American Studies Association was initiated out of the Academic and Community Activism Caucus.

The resolution then was endorsed unanimously by the

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Thanks to Legal Insurrection readers for leading fight against Israel boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:16pm
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Just a word of thanks to Legal Insurrection readers.

The pushback against the anti-Israel academic boycott is gaining momentum. An increasing number of universities and University Presidents are stating their positions against the boycott. Not a single university or major academic group has come out for the boycott.

While this pushback would have...

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Princeton Pres: “I do not intend to denounce the ASA”

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 20, 2013 at 4:36pm
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I previously sent an email to President of Princeton regarding academic boycott of Israel and specifically inquired as to whether Princeton would drop its Institutional Membership in the American Studies Association so long as ASA imposes an academic boycott on Israeli academic institutions and scholars.  Both Penn State Harrisburg and Brandeis have dropped their Institutional...

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Willamette rejects Israel boycott, denies being Institutional Member of American Studies Assoc

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 20, 2013 at 4:20pm
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Willamette University joins an increasing number of universities rejecting the anti-Israel academic boycott, but in a twist, denies having any knowledge as to why ASA lists it as an Institutional Member.

The ASA considers Institutional Memberships to be important indicators of university support which is why it highlights the list:

Institutional members help to...

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Association of American Universities rejects Israel boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 20, 2013 at 3:33pm
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The list of universities rejecting and denouncing the anti-Israel boycott resolution of the American Studies Association is growing rapidly.

In a statement signed by its Executive Committee, the Association of American Universities has stated its opposition to...

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Boston U. President rejects Israel academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:33pm
Boston University President Robert A. Brown

Robert A. Brown, President of Boston University, will be issing a formal statement rejecting the Amercian Studies Association’s anti-Israeli academic boycott.  The statement is not yet posted on BU’s website, but was obtained by Legal Insurrection and confirmed with the President’s office.

President Brown, however, is deferring the decision on withdrawal of Institutional Membership to...

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It’s Not the Occupation, Part II

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:00am
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In addition to what I wrote about Eugene Kontorovich’s excellent essay Israel, Palestine, and Democracy there are some parallel observations worth making.

Among o...

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My email to President of Princeton regarding academic boycott of Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:15am
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Readers have been very good at posting contact information in the comment section at the Reader crowdsourcing project to fight American Studies Assoc anti-Israel boycott

You also need to start sending emails to Presidents, Trustees and others who have a stake when a university lends its name and funds to an organization...

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It’s not the Occupation, Stupid

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8:40pm
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Eugene Kontorovich wrote an important essay for Commentary, Israel, Palestine, and Democracy. Here are three critical paragraphs from the middle of the essay:

The Palestinians have developed an independent, self-regulating government that controls their lives as well as their foreign policy. Indeed, they have accumulated all the trappings of independence and have...

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Brandeis Univ. drops American Studies Association membership over Israel boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 4:14pm
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Brandeis University becomes the second confirmed university to drop its Institutional Membership in the American Studies Association over the anti-Israel academic boycott.

Earlier we reported that Penn State Harrisburg would be dropping its membership. The real key will be whether universities also will refuse to allow university funds to be used to...

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My email to President of UT-Austin regarding academic boycott of Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10:02am
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I just sent my first e-mail to a University President regarding the academic boycott of Israel by the American Studies Association, and the similar boycott just announced by the small and relatively new Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

I could not find a direct e-mail for the President of UT-Austin, so...

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Reader crowdsourcing project to fight American Studies Assoc anti-Israel boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8:11am
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I have received a surprisingly large number of emails of support from people outraged at the anti-Israel academic boycott passed by the American Studies Association.  Almost all of those emails come from new readers.

The question many of them ask is what they can do to help me not only in the...

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Penn State Harrisburg to drop American Studies Assoc membership after Israel boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:50pm
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Earlier today we published the list of universities which maintain Institutional Memberships in the American Studies Association.

Those memberships lend prestige and legitimacy to the ASA, and likely generate substantial revenue for ASA by funding faculty participation at ASA meetings, its primary source of revenue.

In light of the anti-Israel boycott approve by...

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