Taxpayer supported institute at Columbia to boycott Israel?
From Martin Kramer's Facebook page
a taxpayer-supported Middle East Studies institute at Bir Zeit on the Hudson is calling for a boycott of Israel:
Lila Abu-Lughod, anthropologist at Columbia, has just signed a letter in
which she “pledge[s] not to collaborate on projects and events
involving Israeli academic institutions.” Fine for her, but she’s also
director of Columbia’s Middle East Center, which is a Title VI
taxpayer-supported National Resource Center (NRC) for the Middle East (http://bit.ly/aboutmei).
An NRC is supposed to “maintain linkages with overseas institutions of
higher education and other organizations that may contribute to the
teaching and research of the Center” (http://bit.ly/titleVInrc). So is a (taxpayer-subsidized) academic unit of Columbia now boycotting Israeli academe? Please clarify, President Bollinger.
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