Skip to comments.Association of Asian American Studies Blasts, Boycotts Israel Academia
Posted on 04/26/2013 10:18:40 AM PDT by mbarker12474
For first time, US academic group boycotts Israel
In unanimous vote, Association for Asian American Studies slams professors for being deeply complicit in Israeli crimes
By Raphael Ahren April 25, 2013, 11:36 pm 22
The Association for Asian American Studies decided to boycott Israeli academic institutions, reportedly becoming the first US academic institution to do so.
At its annual conference in Seattle last week, the groups general membership unanimously voted in favor of a resolution that accuses Israeli universities of supporting the occupation and systematic discrimination against Palestinian students, among other charges.
Whereas the Association for Asian American Studies seeks to foster scholarship that engages conditions of migration, displacement, colonialism, and racism, and the lives of people in zones of war and occupation Be it resolved that the [AAAS] endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the resolution read.
The problem was not just that Israeli institutions of higher education failed to oppose the occupation and racial discrimination against Palestinians in Israel, the text charged; rather, they have been directly and indirectly complicit in the systematic maintenance of the occupation and of policies and practices that discriminate against Palestinian students and scholars throughout Palestine and in Israel.
The resolution further claims Israeli academic institutions are deeply complicit in Israels violations of international law and human rights and in its denial of the right to education and academic freedom to Palestinians.
Affirming its critique of the US empire, the group also expressed its opposition to US military occupation in the Arab world and US support for occupation and racist practices by the Israeli state.
While the resolution states that the AAAS supports open discussion about these issues without censorship, intimidation, or harassment and aims to promote academic exchange, collaboration and opportunities for students and scholars everywhere, it unequivocally encourages students to become engaged in the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel celebrated the votes as historic, highlighting on its website that the AAAS is the FIRST academic organization in the U.S. to boycott Israeli institutions.
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, a US-based nonprofit fighting anti-Israel bias in academia, condemned the AAASs decision.
SPME deplores the AAAS resolution as it is counter to any acceptable academic discourse and is contrary to the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the group said in a statement published Wednesday. Since calls for boycotts of Israeli institutions usually focus exclusively and obsessively on the Jewish state, they are anti-Semitic in their effect if not in their intent, the statement read, quoting former Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers.
The AAAS, founded in 1979, seeks to advance the highest professional standard of excellence in teaching and research in the field of Asian American Studies; promoting better understanding and closer ties between and among various sub-components within Asian American Studies: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Hawaiian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, and other groups, according to its website.
The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel was founded in early 2009, in the wake of Israels Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. Since then, it has been endorsed by 821 faculty members across the country.
More Leftist, intellectually mediocre academics.
Given that Israeli academic institutions are some of the best in the world I know who’s going to come on on the losing end of this decision.
Can’t figure why the Asians care one way or another about Israel.
When they say “Asian” they mean Mid-East or South Asian Muslims.
I don’t know a single Chinese, Korean, Singapore or Japanese student who would have anything to do with this nonsense.
It's as simple as that.
Oh, no. Yet another leftist, imbecilic anti-Jew worthless organization opens its filthy maw and pukes venom on a people who don’t deserve it.
Put them down on my hate list, Kato.
Hm...you should check out their website:
Don’t be so sure. The longer they’re at college, the more *ucked up they get.
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