Academic Boycott of Israel
Academic boycotts of Israeli academic institutions and scholars, like virtually all anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns within the last several years, have been established in response to the Palestinian political call to join the BDS movement against Israel. That call was issued in 2005 by a coalition of Palestinian organizations that include the terrorist organizations Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and its purpose was to facilitate the elimination of the Jewish state. It is not surprising that most of the American founders of academic boycotts of Israel have publicly expressed their opposition to the Jewish state.
Alarmingly, more than 1,000 faculty members, teaching students on over 300 US college and university campuses, have endorsed an academic boycott of Israeli universities and Jewish Israeli academics.
Even more disturbing is that well-known academic organizations are embracing the academic boycott of Israel. Last April, the general membership of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) unanimously approved the resolution put forward by the AAAAS National Council to endorse the boycott of Israeli universities. In December, the American Studies Association (ASA) approved an anti-Israel academic boycott resolution put forward by the ASA National Council.
Here are recent bulletins pertaining to the academic boycott of Israel, which we have sent out:
- January 6, 2014: Boycott Update: More Good News in the Fight against Campus Antisemitism and How You Can Help
- January 3, 2014: The Simon Wiesenthal Center and AMCHA Initiative Partner to Thank CSU Chancellor White for Denouncing Antisemitic Boycott
- January 1, 2014: Action Alert: Congressional Letter Denouncing Boycott
- December 30, 2013: Good News for the New Year
- December 20, 2013: Alarming Rise in Antisemitic Boycotts of Israeli Universities and Scholars