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Modern Language Association members pass ANTI-BDS resolution by 2-1 margin

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:10pm 6/14/2017 at 7:10pm

In a severe blow to the anti-Israel academic boycott movement, the 18,000 member Modern Language Association has passed a Resolution explicitly rejecting the academic boycott of Israel.

The academic boycott of Israel had been termed a grave threat to the academic freedom of everyone and the free exchange of ideas by over...

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Tables turned: Modern Language Association in midst of voting on Anti-BDS Resolution

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:00pm 5/18/2017 at 7:00pm

We have previously covered the never-ending saga at the anti-Israel obsession of some members of Modern Language Association (MLA).

Those members have engaged in a years-long attempt to get MLA, the largest academic society in the humanities, to boycott Israel and to officially join the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement.

After the...

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Here are the videos Modern Language Association didn’t want you to hear

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 9:00pm 2/5/2017 at 9:00pm

You may recall how, on January 12, 2017, I was taken completely by surprise when Legal Insurrection’s YouTube account was removed without notice based on copyright claims, YouTube has removed Legal Insurrection’s Channel:

YouTube took down Legal Insurrection’s Channel without any prior notice based on “multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement,” but we...

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“There’s no human to call up”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 4:00pm 1/17/2017 at 4:00pm

I appeared on January 16, 2017, on The Dennis Prager Show to discuss the shutdown of Legal Insurrection’s YouTube account, as detailed in these prior posts:

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“All of the sudden, one day you realize you’ve been shut down”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:05pm 1/16/2017 at 10:05pm

I appeared on the Lars Larson Show in the evening on January 16, 2017, to talk about the shutdown of Legal Insurection’s YouTube account, as described in these prior posts:

Hope you enjoy the interview, I...

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My 20 Favorite Videos that almost disappeared from the internet

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8:00pm 1/14/2017 at 8:00pm
http://youtu.be/7C44B55YYLQ

I was going to write something profound and deep tonight about the takedown of Legal Insurrection’s YouTube account after the Modern Language Association filed three (3) copyright claims with YouTube relating to my coverage of the arguments made at an MLA annual meeting town hall in favor and against the academic...

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YouTube has removed Legal Insurrection’s Channel (UPDATE: Restored)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:00pm 1/12/2017 at 11:00pm

UPDATE: As of approximately 7:30 p.m. on January 13, 2017, our YouTube Channel was restored, though there are still legal battles to come over the videos.

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YouTube took down Legal Insurrection’s Channel without any prior notice based on “multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement,” but we never received any claims of infringement.

We...

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Witness to the BDS loss at Modern Language Association

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 9:25pm 1/8/2017 at 9:25pm

As reported extensively on this site, the Modern Language Association held its annual convention this weekend in Philadelphia.

At the meeting a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions was defeated and a resolution opposing academic boycotts was passed and is now before the general membership. For coverage see

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Massive DEFEAT for BDS at Modern Language Association

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 1:45pm 1/7/2017 at 1:45pm

The Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly voted today on three resolutions: One in favor of a boycott of all Israeli universities (Resolution 2017-2); the second, opposing academic boycotts in general (Resolution 2017-1); the third, condemning the suppression of academic freedom at Palestinian universities by the Palestinians themselves (the Palestinian Authority...

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Modern Language Association BDS vote on January 7 comes as Congress formulates anti-boycott legislation

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 5:30pm 1/4/2017 at 5:30pm

We previously covered, in exhaustive detail, the upcoming vote on Saturday, January 7, on three resolutions at the Modern Language Association:

The Modern Language Association is at it again: at this year’s annual MLA meeting in Philadelphia, academic boycotts of Israel are on the agenda. Thus continues the Settler Colonial attempt by the Boycott,...

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Israel Boycott vote at Modern Language Association on January 7

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 8:30am 12/22/2016 at 8:30am

The Modern Language Association is at it again: at this year’s annual MLA meeting in Philadelphia, academic boycotts of Israel are on the agenda. Thus continues the Settler Colonial attempt by the Boycott, Divestment,...

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Anti-Israel Boycotters Lost at Modern Language Association, but Claim Victory Anyway

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:30pm 1/17/2015 at 7:30pm

[WAJ Note: On January 10, 2015, we reported how Modern Language Assoc postpones anti-Israel boycott vote until 2017.  I asked Stanford Professor Russell Berman, a former President of MLA who attended the debate and vote, to provide us with a first-hand account and analysis.]

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At the recent Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention in Vancouver,...

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Modern Language Assoc postpones anti-Israel boycott vote until 2017

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:04pm 1/10/2015 at 7:04pm

In what only can be described as a serious setback for anti-Israel academic boycott activists, the Modern Language Association just voted at its Annual Conference to postpone a boycott resolution vote until 2017.

At the 2014 annual meeting a resolution critical...

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Anti-Israel academic boycotters rig debate at American Anthropological Association

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 6:30pm 9/28/2014 at 6:30pm

The fight over the academic boycott of Israel in the United States mostly is confined to professional associations in the Humanities and Social Sciences, where anti-Israel activist faculty have some ability to rig the system in their favor through control of key committees and programs.

Unlike in the real world at universities,...

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Modern Language Assoc does not ratify anti-Israel resolution

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 12:17pm 6/4/2014 at 12:17pm

We previously wrote about a partial victory at the Modern Language Association House of Delegates during the annual meeting in January.  An anti-Israel resolution regarding alleged travel restrictions on academics was significantly watered down, and another resolution defending the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel was rejected.

The Executive Council of...

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Anti-Israel academic boycotters demand Freedom From Criticism

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:18pm 1/12/2014 at 9:18pm

[Featured image above from Facebook page of anti-Israel academic boycotter.]

The anti-Israel academic boycott by the American Studies Association has given rise to a massive pushback from a broad range of American civil society, including from over 180 university presidents (as of this writing), leading university and faculty organizations, other academics, and...

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Partial victory over anti-Israel efforts at 2014 MLA Convention shows battle winnable

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:15pm 1/12/2014 at 4:15pm

[WAJ Note: We covered the Modern Language Association anti-Israel effort from afar, gathering tweets from those in the room, including Joel Griffith.  I thought it would be helpful for readers to hear directly from Joel, and he kindly agreed to write a post. Joel paid to join MLA just so he...

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