i can't help but wonder how much these American Studies geniuses actually know about Israel. As the author of this article has pointed out in earlier pieces, Israel has done more to ADVANCE the cause of scholarship and higher education among Arabs, in the land Israel took in 1967, than had been done by anyone before then. Clearly the American Studies scholars should spend their time on American studies, and leave the Middle East to the Middle Eastern studies departments (a whole bunch of OTHER geniuses, of course, but that's another story).
This reminds me of the man who tried to stab a good man in the back only to trip and fall on his own blade. A wise man once said, "When embarking on a revenge mission, dig two graves." When embarking on a mission to destroy Israel, they only need to dig one grave…their own.
It's a contradicition in terms for an academic organization to stifle individual freedom for the sake of political positioning. Israel is the most democratic country in the Middle East, affording the highest standard of living to the Arabs living there than anywhere in the surrounding 21 Arab countries. It should be commended for its democratic outreach to the Arab community, instead of being condemned. Clearly, the ASA is ignorant on the subject. Bravo to Brandeis and Penn State at Harrisburg for taking principled positions and withdrawing from the ASA. Others should follow suit in rapid response mode.
Sam Siddiqui, I would suspect the only Universities who will sever ties to the ASA are those who are honest about the conflict between Israel and the regional arabs who recently (1964) re-invented themselves as "palestinians". Those honest educational institutions recognize that but for Israeli universities many arab women have no alternative to education as they are prohibited from study. They recognize that your mis-characterized "apartheid wall" is in actuality a security barrier, mostly a fence not a wall, which Israel was forced to erect in order to successfully stem terrorist infiltration from the regional arabs to a slow trickle compared to the countless terror attacks on Israeli civilian men, women, children and infants that occurred prior to the erection of the barrier. Those honest universities will have recognized that Israeli Universities and innovators are responsible for more inventions, patents, and scientific achievements than the entire arab world combined. They understand that collaboration with Israeli Universities is good for academia.
Comment by Daniel Shapiro — December 20, 2013 @ 7:06 PM
GOOD FOR THEM!!! What is the boycott going to achieve anyway. Their shooting themselves in the their own foot. Only proves how pride and stupidity can encompass some intellectuals….common sense is out the window. Eistein said "Intellects solve problems…Genius' prevent problems".
from your post I am assuming you would not recognize Israel to exist at all.
Instead of flee to support a occupation they support a country that has tried to make peace with organizations that only want to see Israel annihilated? A country that has Arab citizens and members of its Parliament as opposed to all the Arab states that expelled Jews in 47, 68, etc.
Comment by Rick Wice — December 23, 2013 @ 6:00 PM
Does South Africa exist? Did American universities boycott them academically? It is really strange to read comments here which imply that heads of universities would somehow all prefer to support violations of international laws esp the Geneva Conventions and the Apartheid treaty – or doesn't academic freedom extend to Palestinians too?
Comment by Sam Siddiqui — December 23, 2013 @ 6:33 PM
Bravo and thank you for all who are standing up for democracy, ethics and justice. Obviously, the ASA has decided to side with tyranny, with Palestinians who mistreat even their own, not to mention their willingness to kill for the sake of usurping land. And because Judaism is a morality that the Arabs can't deal with; they are the antithesis of what Judaism stands for and what Israelis do for the betterment of humanity.