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Academic Associations Boycotting Israel

The academic and student associations that have endorsed the Academic Boycott of Israel are found below.

Academic Associations

To date, the following academic organizations have voted on resolutions or issued statements regarding the antisemitic academic boycott of Israel:

African Literature Association:

American Anthropological Association (AAA):

  • American Anthropological Association (Failed by member-wide vote in May 2016. Fifty one percent of AAA’s eligible members voted, with 2,423 members opposing the resolution, and 2,384 voting to support it.)

American Historical Association (AHA):

American Political Science Association (APSA)

  • Academic Boycott Resolution (Failed on August 21, 2019)
    • Resolution claimed, "Israeli academic institutions are complicit in Israel’s settler colonization of Palestine, and the attendant ethnic cleansing, dispossession, military occupation and apartheid policies that constitute this colonization."

American Studies Association (ASA): 

  • American Studies Association Resolution on Academic Boycott of Israel (Passed by membership in December, 2013)
  • ASA National Council + EMAILS
    • Rejection of ASA Boycott by Chapters:
      • Eastern American Studies Association (EASA) - "EASA is an inclusive organization, open to scholars from all over the world. For this reason, the Eastern American Studies Association will not comply with and does not support the American Studies Association's 'Council Resolution on Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions' endorsing 'a boycott of Israeli academic institutions'" (Rejected ASA Academic Boycott April 4, 2014)
      • California American Studies Association (CASA) - "CASA has no intention of adhering to the ASA resolution; the boycott guidelines will not be applied to our upcoming conference in April…. The CASA officers discussed the ASA resolution, and we all agreed that CASA would not abide by the boycott." (Rejected ASA Academic Boycott February 24, 2014)
      • NOTE: For all issued condemnations of the ASA boycott please click HERE.

Arab American Studies Association (AASA):

Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS):

Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS):

 Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA):

National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies:

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association:

National Women's Studies Association:

(IN CONSIDERATION) Middle East Studies Association:

Modern Language Association:

  • Delegate Assembly Meeting (Failed on January 7, 2017)  - "MLA delegates did not approve a resolution to endorse a boycott of Israeli institutions. They voted to postpone a resolution to condemn attacks on academic freedom in Palestinian universities. The assembly voted to move forward for consideration by the entire MLA membership a resolution to refrain from endorsing the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel."

Peace and Justice Studies Association:

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP):

University of Hawai'i at Manoa Department of Ethnic Studies:

To see a list of Academic Petitions, Statements and Letters Endorsing Boycott, Divestment or Sanctions of Israel, click HERE

Student Associations

To date, the following student organizations have voted on resolutions or issued statements regarding the antisemitic academic boycott of Israel or endorsing the BDS platform:

United Students Against Sweatshops:

United Autoworkers:

  • United Autoworkers (Parent Organization) - The parent union of the Graduate Student Union at NYU repealed the BDS resolution that passed on 4/22/16, by approving an appeal. The UAW decision to approve the appeal stated that no subordinate body of the parent union can endorse BDS, thus affecting not just NYU but also graduate student unions at over 15 universities, including other unions in the United States. (Failed in June 21, 2016)
  • GSOC-UAW 2110, New York - Called on the United Auto Workers to divest from Israeli companies, and for the boycott to remain in place until Israel “respects the right of return of Palestinian refugees and exiles.” It further called on NYU to close its program at Tel Aviv University. (Passed with a 2/3 vote on April 22, 2016)
  • GEO - UAW 2322 - "GEO stands in Solidarity with Palestinian Civil Society, affirms the resolution put forth by the GEO / UAW 2322 Palestine Solidarity Caucus and joins the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. The Resolution passes with 95% of votes in favor."(Passed April 15, 2016)
  • UAW Local 4121 - Unanimously passed a resolution to express solidarity with UC Student works, UAW Local 2856, who had voted to support BDS. The resolution urged the UAW International to reverse its initial ruling against UAW Local 2865’ BDS resolution. (Passed February 11, 2016)
  • United Autoworkers International Union (Parent Organization) - United Auto Workers (UAW) International Union granted an appeal filed by a member of the University of California student group Informed Grads, striking down a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) resolution adopted by UAW Local 2865 in December 2014. (Failed December 16, 2015)
  • UAW 2865, UC Student-Worker Union Becomes First Major U.S. Labor Union to Support Divestment from Israel by Membership Vote (Passed by membership in December 2014)

Teaching Assistant's Association -