Thursday, October 23, 2014

How Does an Academic Boycott of Israel Actually Work?

The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 23rd, 2014

It’s been nearly a year since the American Studies Association passed a controversial resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions, but the group is still trying to set the record straight on what exactly that resolution means.
On Tuesday, two weeks ahead of its annual conference, in Los Angeles, the association circulated a news release dispelling rumors that it planned to bar Israeli academics from participating in the gathering. While the group hasn’t budged on the institutional boycott, it says, it never intended to alienate individual scholars.
"There will not be discrimination of any sort against anyone," the release states. "We welcome Israeli academics to attend, and in fact, several are already scheduled to participate in the conference program."

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