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Boycott supporters plead for Universities to ease pressure on American Studies Association

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:01pm 2/7/2014 at 3:01pm

Over 225 University Presidents have issued statements condeming the anti-Israel academic boycott by the American Studies Association as a threat to academic freedom and education, as have several major academic organizations such as the American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Universities.

Of the 80 ASA Institutional Members, at...

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U.S. House introduces bipartisan anti-academic boycott bill

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:04pm 2/6/2014 at 3:04pm
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While legislation regarding academic boycotts is stalled in the NY State Assembly after widespread protests, a federal bill has been introduced by House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.). The bill is embedded at the bottom of this post.

Roskam was one of the Congressman...

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Incoming ASA President plays “homophobia” card on boycott critic

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:30pm 2/4/2014 at 9:30pm
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On January 14, 2014, Richard Behar, an investigative reporter for Forbes, wrote a lengthy, devastating and widely read column about the American Studies Association anti-Israel academic boycott, Open Letter To NYU’s President: Why The American Studies Assn.’s Israel Boycott Makes Me Ashamed To Be An Alumnus.

Among other things, Behar detailed the...

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NY Times condemns anti-academic boycott legislation, but not academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:52am 2/4/2014 at 8:52am
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An editorial in the NY Times condemns anti-academic boycott legislation, but not the anti-Israel academic boycotts themselves.  That legislation was passed by the NY State Senate and is pending in the Assembly (although the status in the Assembly

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Anti-Israel academic boycotters in panic over NY anti-boycott legislation

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 9:46am 2/2/2014 at 9:46am
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We have reported about legislation making its way through both the NY State Assembly and Senate seeking to stop state funds being used...

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Philadelphia City Council condemns anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12:22pm 1/31/2014 at 12:22pm
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A Resolution passed yesterday by the Philadelphia City Council is a good reflection of how deeply the pushback against the American Studies Association academic boycott of Israel has reached in American civil and political society.  (Full Resolution embedded at bottom of post.)

Condemning the American Studies Association’s academic boycott against Israeli academic...

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NY State Senate passes anti-academic boycott bill

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:00am 1/29/2014 at 7:00am

We previously have mentioned that the Speaker of the NY State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, is backing an Assembly bill barring use of state funds to support participation in organizations — such as the American Studies Association — that conduct academic boycotts, and cutting off state funding for higher education institutions that...

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Phase 2 of the pushback against the anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:56am 1/28/2014 at 8:56am

On Saturday, January 24, I appeared on the syndicated radio show of our friend Pete “Da Tech Guy” Ingemi.

I had a chance to talk about the backround and nature of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement, most specifically the American Studies Association academic boycott of Israel. See our BDS...

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Pinkwashing, Redwashing, Greenwashing — the multi-colored world of anti-Israel hate

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:32am 1/26/2014 at 11:32am
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We’ve written frequently about the ludicrous “pinkwashing” movement, whereby anti-Israel “queer” (their word) activists in academia demonize Israel not for mistreating gays, but for talking about how Israel doesn’t mistreat gays.

The worst crime of all to the Pinkwashing movement is that Israel has the temerity to let people know that unlike...

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No coincidence that Canadian PM Harper heckled as he skewered BDS

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:10am 1/22/2014 at 11:10am

Everyone knows that Israel’s Knesset is a particularly contentious place, where views are shouted out with great emotion.  I don’t believe they have the floor brawls that take place elsewhere, but it’s not a place where rhetoric is held back.

But when foreign dignitaries visit, that’s a different matter entirely.

I noted the other...

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Canadian PM Harper: Academic boycott part of “mutation of the old disease of anti-Semitism”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:58pm 1/20/2014 at 12:58pm

You can now add Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the growing chorus who recognize the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement for what it is — as former Harvard President Lawrence Summers put it, anti-Semitism “in effect” if not “in intent.”

Harper addressed the Knesset today, and voiced unflinching support for Israel (video...

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U. Penn students stand up for Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:00am 1/19/2014 at 9:00am

Because we focus so much on the Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement on campuses, it’s easy to get the impression that such anti-Israeli students are the majority.

They are not. They are just the loud mouths, who scream, call people names, and built idiotic mock walls and checkpoints — for which they...

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134 House Members sign letter against academic boycott of Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:55am 1/17/2014 at 10:55am

A total of 134 Members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter, organized by the offices of Reps. Peter Roksam (R) and Ted Deutch (D) condeming the academic boycott of Israel passed by the American Studies Assoction. The effort was truly bipartisan, with 65 Republicans and 69 Democrarts signing. ...

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Propagandists with Ph.D’s: Month One of the anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:00pm 1/16/2014 at 9:00pm
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It has been one month since the American Studies Association announced that its membership — or at least the small percentage who bothered to vote — approved an academic boycott of Israel.

We have had great success rallying opposition, but even this first month teaches us some important lessons.

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100 House Reps already have signed onto letter denouncing anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:15am 1/15/2014 at 11:15am

For background, see my prior posts:

The letter will be finalized tomorrow morning as the House goes into recess Friday and many members leave tomorrow afternoon.  The letter is being coordinated through the offices of...

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Employment Law Firm: Drop American Studies Assn membership or risk Title VII liability

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:15pm 1/14/2014 at 2:15pm

Based on its Quarterly publication, the American Studies Association as of last year had 80 Institutional Members.

Since ASA announced its academic boycott of Israel, we have confirmed that 6 universities have dropped their Institutional Memberships, while 11 more have denied being Institutional Members despite being so listed.

The updated list appears at the...

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Has your Rep signed Congressional letter against Israel academic boycott?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00am 1/14/2014 at 7:00am

I reported last Friday on the draft Bipartisan Congressional letter to denounce academic boycott of Israel.

The letter reads, in part:

We write in strong opposition to the American Studies Association’s (ASA) recent decision to boycott Israeli universities and academic institutions. While ASA has every right to express its views on policies pursued...

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