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Israeli Academic Boycott Backfires

December 28, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments


The heretofore-obscure American Studies Association, which recently voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions, quite obviously lives in a sealed room of its own manufacture.

Its leadership appears a bit shell-shocked that its vote to oppose the free exchange of ideas (because that is what an academic boycott accomplishes) wasn’t hailed across academia. Quite the opposite, in fact: University presidents have announced their opposition by the dozens.

The American Studies Association has never before voted to boycott the academic institutions of another country. The organization’s president, Curtis Marez, an associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at San Diego, told The New York Times, when its reporter asked him why his group was singling out Israel, that, “one has to start somewhere.”


TIP: Article in Newsmax by Jeffrey Goldberg


I would be willing to suppose that the Folks behind this are anti-Semites to the core.

Here are some of the Players of the American Studies Association

It wouldn’t hurt to contact the Trustees of the various Institutions and/or the Participants and let them know your feelings.



President: Curtis Marez, University of California, San Diego

President-elect: Lisa Duggan, New York University

Past President: Matthew Frye Jacobson, Yale University

Executive Director: John F. Stephens, American Studies Association

Editor of American Quarterly: Sarah Banet-Weiser, University of Southern California

Editor of Encyclopedia of American Studies Online: Simon J. Bronner, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg



Curtis Marez, University of California, San Diego

President-elect: Lisa Duggan, New York University

Past President: Matthew Frye Jacobson, Yale University

Council Member: Karen Leong, Arizona State University

Council Member: Chandan Reddy, University of Washington, Seattle

Council Member: Nikhil Pal Singh, New York University


Curtis Marez                


Lisa Duggan                   


Matthew J. Jacobson 


John F. Stephens         


David Eng                     


Sarah Banet-Weiser   


Simon J. Bronner        


Karen Leong                 


Chandan Reddy           


Nikhil Pal Singh            





  1. December 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    NYT story of record shows.– yeah b/c we all know NYT never publishes outright lies and distortions or doubles up on them when ISRAEL is the topic yeah /sarc off

  2. Elizabeth
    December 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

    thank you Wallace for stating the truth I am so sick and tired of the media whitewashing of Israel and her sovereign rights a country. It is time to just ask these “morally superior” people why they dont just shut up, truth is they will never ever reach the heights of intelligent or rational thought that JEWS have attained in 5000 years.

  3. Wallace Edward Brand
    December 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    The principal reason cited for an anti-Israel policy is the mistaken belief that Israel is unlawfully occupying land belonging to Arabs. It is true that Israel is occupying Judea and Samaria and has since 1967, but it is also true that I have been occupying my own house since 1964. There is nothing wrong with “occupation”, only a belligerent occupation. might be illegal. There is not a belligerent occupation going on in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem because in 1967 Jordan’s occupation of these areas was illegal. It had acquired them in an aggressive war in 1948. There were only two countries in the world that recognized land on the West Bank as being subject to Jordanian sovereignty. Article 43 of the 4th Hague Convention of 1907 shows that a belligerent occupation is one in which the land occupied must have been taken from a legitimate sovereign.

    Actually Israel has owned the political rights to Palestine since 1920.
    “The 1920 mandate[for Palestine] implicitly denies Arab claims to national political rights in the area in favour of the Jews; the mandated territory was in effect reserved to the Jewish people for their self-determination and political development, in acknowledgment of the historic connection of the Jewish people to the land. There remains simply the theory that the Arab inhabitants of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have an inherent “natural law” claim to the area. Neither custom ary international law nor the United Nations Charter acknowledges that every group of people claiming to be a nation has the right to a state of its own.” Eugene Rostow, The Future of Palestine, Institute for Streategic Studies, November 1993

    Further facts and law on the above is available in Benzimra, The Jewish People’s Rights to Israel under International Law, published by Amazon on Kindle in 2011 and Brand, Roots of Israel’s Sovereignty and Boundaries in International Law: In Defense of the Levy Report published online at http://www.think-israel.org/brand.allegedoccupation.html

    • December 29, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      The Issue with the ASA has little to do with sovereignty – but as a means to try to punish Jews. The ASA Organization is truly an anti-Semitic Organization. Period. End of story. Not all members – but a solid majority.

  4. edward i powers
    December 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Dr. Marez and your colleagues:
    It is with extreme self control that I respond calmly to your ‘worse than moronic’ ‘policy declaration’ regarding the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The statement by your leader, “we have to start somewhere” is utterly beyond belief. I would ‘calmly’ question why you did not start with China or Russia or a dozen or two other countries which should be on the top of your list, where academic freedom is only a dream. Perhaps you all should apply for positions in one of those countries? Or perhaps you should spend your time thinking about something rational to do?
    I feel like I am demeaning myself by asking rational questions……….


    • December 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      The Jooos have nothing to do with Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, Gaza, Suaudi Arabia et.al.

      Now you know.

    • Grantman
      December 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you, Mr. Powers. It must also be stated that Israel’s legal title, for lack of a better term, is also codified in international law by the San Remo resolutions of the early ’20s. There is no occupation and everything Israel does is legal under international law.

  5. December 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    One of the Persons mentioned in the Post came out against the Boycott:

    Simon J. Bronner, a distinguished professor of American studies and folklore and chair of the American Studies Program at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, criticized what he described as “the curtailing of academic freedom in the name of somehow guaranteeing academic freedom.” The letter opposing the boycott, which Bronner signed, states that the adoption of a boycott resolution would “do violence to this bedrock principle of academic freedom.”

  6. ThoughtfulReader
    December 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

    The quote used from Dr. Marez in this piece about the ASA boycott isn’t very honest. There is a big disparity between what the author claims Marez said and what the NYT story of record shows. This author must not have consulted the original source, because in the NYT story of record (see link below), in the rest of the quote Marez says Israel is the largest recipient of US aid and that the ASA was responding to a call from Palestinian civil society. Thus the tactic of acting amazed that Marez didn’t say more depends on suppressing the rest of what he said. Here is the original NYT story: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/us/scholars-group-to-disclose-result-of-vote-on-an-academic-boycott-of-israel.html?_r=0 .

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