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December 16, 2013 12:53 pm

American Studies Association Votes to Endorse Academic Boycott of Israel

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The American Studies Association said its members voted to endorse the Association’s participation in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

The ASA said 66.05% voted in favor, 30.5% voted against and 3.43% abstained. While the ASA said the vote signified the largest turnout in its association history, at only about 25% of its 5,000 members, it would mean that only 16% actually voted in favor of the resolution.

Others vilified the decision and said that it had abrogated the ASA’s U.S. 501(c)(3) tax exemption charter, which does not allow non-profits to take political positions. , Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School, and the author of the LegalInsurrection.com blog said he, with the help of tax lawyer expert Alan P. Dye, Esq., Partner at Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP, would challenge the ASA’s status because of the vote.

In a statement, the ASA said, “The resolution is in solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and it aspires to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians. The ASA’s endorsement of the academic boycott emerges from the context of US military and other support for Israel; Israel’s violation of international law and UN resolutions; the documented impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian scholars and students; the extent to which Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that violate human rights; and finally, the support of such a resolution by a majority of ASA members.”

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  • Prof Asher J Matathias

    It is with utter disgust and dismay that a purported unit dedicated to unfettered research and academic freedom, ASA, has compromised its mission, even skirting propaganda and anti-Semitism, by blithely passing a BDS resolution against the only viable democracy in the Middle East, Israel! Bravo, to the early divesting universities, University of PA and Brandeis, severing their connection with this now notorious organization. In turn, and as others, many more educational institutions follow suit, let ASA immediately rescind a thoughtless decision that compromises its interests, and then issue a loud, paradigmatic apology!

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    It shows the stupidity of the left. Let them cut their
    own throats. I’m all for it.

  • BH in Iowa

    21st century book burners

  • Charles Gannon, MD

    Appalling. So much for academic freedom.
    CSG

  • Emanuel

    Pure lies, ” the support of such a resolution by a majority of ASA members.” That is just NOT true 16% of ASA members is not a majority. “The ASA’s endorsement of the academic boycott emerges from the context of US military and other support for Israel;” is CLEARLY a political position, finally this is pathetically hypocritical because they claim “The resolution is in solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and it aspires to enlarge that freedom for all” because ALL in their definition does not include Israelis who will be deprived of their “academic freedom” by the same vote. Disgusting, and if this is the kind of logic a teachers association uses my kids will be home schooled. American studies is a joke anyway it is slanted alternative to American History that integrates slanted biased views routinely.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    All ASA members need to expelled from Israel for life whether they are in Israel in a professional or private role.

  • BOYCOTT American Studies Association.

    THAT SETTLES IT.

    THEY PRACTICE TOLERANCE TO THE INTOLERANT.

    • AND INTOLERANCE TO THE TOLERANT

      THEY PRACTICE ANYTHING THAT WILL EARN A DONATION

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