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MLA Won’t Consider Outright Israel Boycott, But Debate Still Raises Hackles

Notably, there were signs of disagreement between academics opposed to BDS and pro-Israel groups over how best to counter such resolutions. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, for instance, in its appeal to universities to reject the American Studies Association boycott also called on them to cut off the group.

“I can understand that reaction,” said Berman. “But I don’t think I would want to elevate the principle that political statements should be grounds for academic sanctions.”

(JTA)

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