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    A stain on academia — Association for Asian American Studies calls for boycott of Israeli universities and academics

    A stain on academia — Association for Asian American Studies calls for boycott of Israeli universities and academics

    As I have told you, the efforts of some left-wing academics to demonize Israel never ends.

    While you go about your business and pay attention to world events, they work tirelessly to ostracize Israel while ignoring both Israel’s security situation and the decades-long effort to destroy Israel.

    Groups like those who sponsor the Pinkwashing conferences willingly join with the worst Islamist and other elements who stand against academic, social and civil freedoms.

    But rarely has a U.S. academic group, unlike in Britain, even considered a boycott of Israeli universities and academics.  We now have such a group, the Association for Asian American Studies.

    While we all were watching the events in Boston and the aftermath, the AAAS quietly passed a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli institutions and academics.

    Via Times of Israel, For first time, US academic group boycotts Israel:

    The Association for Asian American Studies decided to boycott Israeli academic institutions, reportedly becoming the first US academic institution to do so.

    At its annual conference in Seattle last week, the group’s general membership unanimously voted in favor of a resolution that accuses Israeli universities of supporting the occupation and systematic discrimination against  Palestinian students, among other charges.

    “Whereas the Association for Asian American Studies seeks to foster scholarship that engages conditions of migration, displacement, colonialism, and racism, and the lives of people in zones of war and occupation… Be it resolved that the [AAAS] endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions,” the resolution read.

    Via Inside Higher Ed, the anti-Israeli activist professors managed to get the resolution passed with 10% of its membership voting:

    About 10 percent of the association’s membership was present for last week’s  secret ballot vote, which was open to all members and took place on the final  day of the AAAS annual conference in Seattle….

    The AAAS president, Mary Yu Danico, confirmed the resolution was approved and  directed questions to the association’s past president, Rajini Srikanth, a  professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Srikanth  likened the academic boycott to that which was levied against South African  universities to protest apartheid, and emphasized that the boycott is of  institutions, not individual academics….

    Britain’s main faculty union, the University College Union, has issued a series  of resolutions over the years that fall just short of endorsing an academic  boycott of Israel (see for example this 2008 resolution and this one from 2011). In April, the Teachers Union of Ireland  became the first educational trade union in Europe to support an outright  boycott, as The Jerusalem Post reported. However, the issue hasn’t  gotten as much traction among academics on this side of the Atlantic, where  boycotts are widely viewed as antithetical to academic freedom.

    To understand just how extreme this action is, consider this via the Inside Higher Ed article:

    The American Association of University Professors opposes academic boycotts,  stipulating in a 2005 statement that “since its founding in 1915, the AAUP has  been committed to preserving and advancing the free exchange of ideas among  academics irrespective of governmental policies and however unpalatable those  policies may be viewed. We reject proposals that curtail the freedom of teachers  and researchers to engage in work with academic colleagues, and we reaffirm the  paramount importance of the freest possible international movement of scholars  and ideas.” (The AAUP further elaborated on that statement in regards to a  then-proposed boycott of two Israeli universities here.)

    Remember also how isolated these anti-Israeli academics are in American society, Good news — Israel-hating academics, leftists, Islamists, BDSers making no progress with American public opinion.

    We have not heard the end of this.  We’ll keep on it.


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    Q: How do you blind a member of the Association of Asian Studies?
    A: Put a windshield in front of them.

    Callipygian1 | April 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    All I know is if I’m fortunate enough to get to Heaven, I hope that there’s a plurality of Israilis as opposed to Palestinians…

    Estragon | April 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I don’t care what people do or say – as long as they do or say it with their own damned money.

    Get the government OUT of the education business completely, end all funding except whatever voucher value is issued to all parents for 1-12 education. All private and open competition, it would be amazing how quickly all this leftist academic nonsense disappears. They can only do it with taxpayer money with no strings attached. Cut it off.

    Israeli boycott: so this is what the “COEXIST” bumper sticker really means.

    beloved2 | April 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    AAAS is like the Pedernales River, an inch deep and a mile wide at the mouth!
    Just a bunch of demonic hot air (dare I says fart)so now that the boycott is official when G-d of Israel smites them with the plagues of Alzheimer, rheumatoid arthritis, auto-immune diseases, ashtma, cancer will they boycott the amazing medical discoveries(made just last year in Israel by Israelis)and refuse treatment because it was developed by Israel? Even the Palestinians know that they get the best medical treatment from Israel.
    Read how G-d is blessing Israel to be a blessing:
    “…Already famous for their technological innovations, Israeli companies brought dozens of groundbreaking new technologies to market, from inventive mobile apps to cardboard bikes, invisible keyboards and technology that can protect our runways.

    Israeli physicians and researchers were just as hard at work, making significant breakthroughs in cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, infertility, viruses and asthma.

    From prizes in medicine and science, to awards for developments in the fields of world hunger, solar energy, desertification and water reclamation, Israeli entrepreneurs gained worldwide recognition.

    Israel was also there to help in the wake of global disasters, from Haiti to Kenya, Ghana to Japan. When Hurricane Sandy devastated the US east coast, Israelis were among the few foreigners to send aid…”
    Baruk Hashem Israel is forever!

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