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July 21, 2013 7:46 am

Asian-American Congresswoman Meng Chides Asian Studies Organization for Adopting BDS Resolution

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U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY). Photo: Wikipedia.

Asian-American Congresswoman Grace Meng has sent a letter to the Association for Asian American Studies protesting its recent endorsement of the ‘Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) campaign against the State of Israel.

Meng, who represents New York’s 6th District and is also a member of the Middle East and North Africa subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, expressed her concern with the “counterproductive” nature of the BDS movement, citing, among other policies, its demand for the Arab “right of return.”

“It is very well known that neither Israel nor a ‘two-state solution’ could exist with a ‘right of return,'” she wrote.

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The AAAS voted to pass the BDS resolution in late April at its annual conference in Seattle. The vote passed unanimously, though only about ten percent of its members took part in it.

Meng told The Algemeiner in an email that she couldn’t sit by idly as the AAAS tried to harm Israel.

“This is an unprecedented action for an academic organization, let alone for an Asian American group, so I chose to voice opposition to it,” she said.

She added she has “always been sympathetic to Zionism,” and that a trip to Israel in 2010 “deepened my understanding of the Jewish state. It also provided context to what I already knew about the unique historical persecution of the Jewish people and the great achievements of the Jewish State.”

In her letter to the AAAS, Meng criticized the organization for the tone of its campaign, calling it “inflammatory.”

“The characterization of Israeli actions as ‘racist’ is inaccurate, inflammatory, and inconsistent with the views of the vast majority of Americans and Asian-Americans. It does not serve the cause of peace; rather, it serves to galvanize those who oppose peace.”

She further added that adoption of the resolution could only harm relations between the Asian and Jewish communities in the U.S, and that “the interests of Americans and Asian-Americans are best served here by dialogue and engagement, not boycotts and divestment.”

She told The Algemeiner: “It is important that Asian Americans – particularly the youth – appreciate the value and justness of Israel, America’s only true, democratic ally in the Middle East.”

At the time of publication, the AAAS could not be reached for comment by The Algemeiner.

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  • asian american

    she should go to Israel. how could she represent Asian Americans?? she should work for Asian Americans, not Israel, if she claims to represent Asian Americans.

    • Uh, she should represent *her constituents*, quite frankly.

  • James Crozier

    As a matter of known written history and archaeology The Jews predate the Islamic peoples in the Holy Land.
    The Profit Mohamed, in his wisdom, stated without reservation that ‘The Holiest of the Hollies’ was a rabbi from the Holy Land commonly known today as Jesus.
    The unfortunate thing is that with today’s lethal abilities to counter effectively the peoples filled with rage nothing will change until one side or the other will lay down it’s arms.
    Unfortunately for the Jews of Israel that would mean extermination at the hands of terrorists. Ya, that is what you call people who willfully target innocent people.
    And the Prophet was very negative about those who harm the innocent. Something about not getting into heaven.

  • Nelson

    As an Asian American living on the west coast, I am appalled that a group of “educated” people, let alone an APIA group, is preaching division in our society.

    I agree with Grace Meng’s comment as well as the respect for Israel. AAAS definitely cannot represent the Asian community and myself.

  • E benAbuya

    Pay no attention to the man with the yogurt spoon in his hand.

  • Plain Talk

    It would be wonderful for articles like this that speak of people who support Israel or articles of people that are undermining Israel that the author include where possible the email address of the individual or organization. For example, in this case, I would like to email the Congresswoman and commend her for her actions. I wont, because I don’t have her email and don’t have the time or patience to try and get it.

  • Good job Congresswoman Meng! What a bunch of lunatics in the academics.

  • Salomon

    BDS is, at its highest level, managed by the Obama government; the muslims and leftists running it on the ground (campuses) receive orders, are payed or manipulated. Obama is waging his private war against Israel.

  • Jacqueline

    Sanity in a world that has let the mental patients run the asylum thank you congresswoman Meng

  • Thank you Congresswoman Meng for your fortitude, candor and intelligent comments you have made regarding BDS. It is too bad that there are not more “Mengs” out their willing to speak up. Remember that famous poem: “….First they came for the gypsies, then they came for the Jews…… Here we go again!

  • Chernasky

    Were the 10% present at the AAAS only from Indonesia, and other Moslem states?

    • Lynne T

      Probably not. There are plenty of young ethnic Chinese who don kefiyyahs, without a second thought of guilt or hypocracy, given the Communist Chinese occupation of Tibet.

  • Anti-Zionism is the be-all and end-all of the Left.

    • Basil Fletcher

      The issue is not about “Left” or “Right” but rather about the future existence of the Jewish state. The history of Europe has shown clearly, that Jews were always the at the wrong end of the beating sticks of both the “Left” and the “Right”. The single most important task is that of enhancing and further developing Israel’s economic independence and it ability to sustain itself using the resources available. Israel cannot be taken on by force of arms but it can be challenged economically.

      • Sorry, but “Right” anti-Semitism has been defeated and utterly discredited since 1945. The new hipster anti-Semitism of the Left, however, is very much thriving. Starting in the 1960’s with Soviet support of Israel’s enemies, it has outlived even the end of the Soviets, as “multiculturalism” and the romancing of Turd World tin-horn terrorists unfortunately did not die when the Soviets did.

  • when they wake up and find that they are living in an islamist environment, it will be too late. none are so blind as those who wont see, and none are so deaf as those who don’t want to hear or listen to reason.

  • Congresswoman Meng shuld not be surprised. The Left, after the smashing down of Communism, turned to “multiculturalism”, namely, the hatred of Western Civilization.

    This led to the sympathizing with the “Third World” peoples who were Soviet clients, never mind how terrorist they were. Now the Left is apologizing for Palestinigoon terrorist savages, where it used to apologize for Soviet tyranny.

    The Left has come full circle and is now pushing a new, hipster anti-Semitism.