For once, Mr. Justice Brandeis should be pleased
For a change
, Mr. Justice Brandeis can be proud of the actions taken by the university that bears his name with respect to Israel. Brandeis has followed Penn State Harrisburg
and become the second American university to suspend institutional support
for the American Studies Association after the latter decided to boycott Israel.
"It is a with deep regret that we in the American Studies Program at
Brandeis University have decided to discontinue our institutional
affiliation with the American Studies Association," a message on the
university's American Studies program said.
The program views the ASA vote to affirm the academic boycott of
Israel "as a politicization of the discipline and a rebuke to the kind
of open inquiry that a scholarly association should foster."
remain committed to the discipline of American Studies but we can no
longer support an organization that has rejected two of the core
principles of American culture - freedom of association and expression,"
the Brandeis statement continued.
The leadership of the much larger and more influential American
Association of University Professors wrote an open letter earlier this
month saying it was disappointed by the ASA decision and that it
The Native American and Indigenous Studies
Association (NAISA) also decided to join the academic boycott against
Israel earlier this week.
Ohio State English Prof. Chadwick Allen,
president of the association and coordinator of American Indian studies
at the university, wrote on the association’s website that the move
followed a “member- generated” petition asking that the group “formally
support the boycott of Israeli academic and cultural Institutions that
was initiated by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural
Boycott of Israel.”
The Association for Asian American Studies adopted the boycott in April.
But at least two universities have come out against the ASA boycott. Have the BDS'ers finally overstepped enough that people are noticing?
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