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                                                        Boycott of Israel | American
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                       Richard Murray, Amber Kelsie, Fred Meyer and 169                          Top Comments                 National Council's unanimous endorsement of the academic
                       others like this.                                                                                      boycott of Israel--from all sides of the issues involved. Feel free
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                                                                                                                              here, but all posts containing name calling and substance free
                                                                                                                              allegations and hostility will be deleted.
                             Jeffrey Altman Blatant anti-semitism and horrendous ignorance.
                             This is not open academic discourse, but close mindedness and
                             ignorance of the history of the region and a FULL understanding of all                           Like ·   Comment    · Share                                                      13
                             sides of this issue. Something American Studies Association does not
                             care to do, instead just taking sides.                                                                Richard Murray, Mark Rice, Shelley Streeby and 66        Top Comments
                             Like · Reply · 147 · December 16 at 12:16pm                                                           others like this.

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                             Edith Goldman This is a disgrace. You don't deserve in fact to                                            Aviva Roth Sucher The BDS movement is an outrageously anti-
                             associate with the great scholars in Israel. This may not be legal                                        semitic movement, cloaked in 'righteousness'. It is demonizing
                             and I understand your 501 status will be challenged legally. I will                                       Israel, thus Jewish people. This is how Jewish discrimination began
                             certainly do all I can to support that and encourage others to as well.                                   before WW11. The irony here, is that many in the movement are
                             Shame on you.                                                                                             Jews themselves. I... See More
                             Like · Reply · 232 · December 16 at 10:51am                                                               Like · Reply · 66 · December 13 at 9:56am

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                             Jeff Lenchiner Congrats! You now officially support bigotry and
                             discrimination against innocent professors due to their
                             nationality/ethnicity! And you now discriminate against the most free,                                    Divest This This is great news (now does that mean you'll be
                             diverse universities in that entire region of Earth. ASA is now a racist                                  reinstating the posts that were deleted yesterday):
                             political organization, not an academic organization.                                                     http://cifwatch.com/.../american-studies-association.../
                             Like · Reply · 80 · December 16 at 12:10pm                                                                Like · Reply · 17 · December 12 at 10:00am

                                  John Dowdle Free and diverse? Then why was the charter                                                     American Studies Association replied · 21 Replies
                                  establishing the so-called university of Ariel issued by the
                                  Israeli Minister of Defence and not by the Ministry of Education?                                    American Studies Association
                                  Don't think too hard or too long...                                                                  http://www.thenation.com/.../academic-freedom-and-asas...
                                  Like · 1 · December 16 at 1:23pm                                                                     Like · Reply · 3 · December 12 at 9:29am
                                  Ariella Butler oh yes, go be a Christian in Saudi and                                                      American Studies Association This is Judith Butler,
                                  practice your religion John. Good luck with that.                                                          writing in The Nation in support of the ASA NC's boycott
                                  Like · 14 · December 16 at 3:40pm                                                                          resolution.
                                  Harry Shaw Dowdle getting more ignorant every day                                                          Like · 2 · December 12 at 10:09am
                                  Like · 2 · December 16 at 6:08pm                                                                           Imani Wadud I am not sure if this has already been
                                                                                                                                             posted, but here is an excerpt from an email from my professor
                                  Howard Schelly You people are out of your minds. Israel
                                                                                                                                             who was at the last ASA conference that sheds a bit more light




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                               should be helped and always respected. Very bad move on your
                                                                                                     on those in the ASA that oppose or wish to abstain!
                               part. Wake up;. Grow up.
                               Like · 6 · December 16 at 10:43pm                                     Dear friends and colleagues,
                               ‫ بسمة جثري‬It's not a blanket boycott, people. It's only
                               boycotting those Israeli institutions complicit in an occupation      We are in the final countdown until the end of voting on the
                               that the international community widely recognizes as illegal.        National Council’s “Proposed Resolution for the Boycott of
                               Stand with us on the right side of history. It's what's best for      Israeli Academic Institutions” (voting ends Dec. 15th at
                               Palestinians, Jews, and everyone else worldwide.                      11:59PM).
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 12:07pm
                                                                                                     Thanks to eight of our former ASA presidents, we have one
                               Ronit Jacobs "Only boycotting those Israeli institutions              more document objecting to the academic boycott to circulate.
                               complicit in an occupation. . . " What occupation are your            To hear their objections to the boycott, see here -->
                               referring to? West Bank is administered by the PA who is openly       http://tinyurl.com/noasaboycott. The National Council continues
                               glorifying and encouraging children to be shahids! Should these       to refuse to circulate or post to the ASA’s website alternative
                               terrorists be allowed to administer their own security? How is        perspectives. Please spread this letter among ASA colleagues
                               any of this good for Palestinians. As usual you are blaming the       (via social media, e-mail, whatever you do) and urge them to
                               wrong side. Get rid of the terrorists that have no interest in        reject the resolution. If they remain uncertain, encourage them
                               peace and then we can talk about something that is good for           to register their stance by voting to abstain. A special thanks
                               the Palestinians, Jews and everyone else in the world. No one is      goes to our MSU contingent for figuring out that strategy!
                               buying your bull any longer.
                               Like · 5 · December 17 at 6:39pm                                      Again the link to the Letter from ASA PRESIDENTS in Opposition
                                                                                                     to Proposed Boycott of Academic Institutions:
                               Ariella Butler Ronit is right on.                                     http://www.scribd.com/.../Letter-from-ASA-Presidents-in...
                               Like · 2 · December 18 at 10:08am                                     Like · 2 · December 13 at 3:58am
                               Jenny Thompson I support the vote and the scholars who                David Palumbo-Liu Open Letter to Mae Ngai
                               came together to take a stand for human rights.
                               Like · 1 · December 18 at 1:54pm                                      Dear Mae,

                               Brian Greenberg Forget charters. Most Israeli universities            Thank you for your opposition to Israel’s occupation of
                               have 20 - 30% Arab students studying more freely than any             Palestine, its aggression, and its treatment of Palestinians. And
                               country in the Middle East. John, your hatred of Israel is really     thank you for your support of divestment campaigns. All that is
                               misplaced. Go and visit and you'll see a country that is more         good to hear and all valuable. Nonetheless, we are sorry to hear
                               free and diverse than almost any country in the world.                that you continue to believe that the boycott resolution “violates
                               Like · 3 · December 18 at 8:51pm                                      the principle of academic freedom and free speech.” It does
                                                                                                     neither. As has been frequently explained throughout ASA
                               Don Leonard too funny, the same assholes that support the
                                                                                                     debates on the resolution, and on many other occasions, the
                               embargo on Iran, which has done nothing to warrant it, those
                                                                                                     boycott targets institutions not individual academics. Israeli
                               same people who support the murder of over a million Muslims
                                                                                                     academics remain free to enjoy all the benefits of academic
                               pursuant a lie called 9/11, they are the people here crying about
                                                                                                     freedom: their right to research and publish, to travel, to attend
                               Zionism getting some well deserved attentions.
                                                                                                     conferences, including the ASA. None of these freedoms are
                                                                                                     guaranteed to Palestinians, and more often than not they are
                               How does it feel ?
                                                                                                     denied by Israeli practices, laws and policies. Still less does the
                                                                                                     boycott deprive anyone of their freedom of speech, though
                               “Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Palestinian)
                                                                                                     Palestinians are regularly imprisoned, batoned, shot with rubber
                               hilltops as they can to enlarge the (Jewish) settlements because
                                                                                                     bullets and gas canisters, and even live ammunition, for seeking
                               everything we take now will stay ours…Everything we don’t grab
                                                                                                     to claim their rights to speak out against oppression and
                               will go to them.” - Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister,
                                                                                                     dispossession.
                               addressing a meeting of the Tsomet Party, Agence France
                               Presse, Nov. 15, 1998.
                                                                                                     Institutions, however, do not enjoy academic freedom, though
                               Like · 1 · December 19 at 12:07am
                                                                                                     they are called upon to protect and further it. What the boycott
                               Nephtaly Hans Velez-Crespo Big bad Ariel in the West                  seeks to do is to persuade all of us to obey our consciences in
                               Bank. At the end of the day, education has no boundaries,             withdrawing our consent from any collaboration, material or
                               political or physical. The Ariel University Center is proof to that   intellectual, with institutions whose actual complicity in acts of
                               reality in one of the most volatile regions of the world.             occupation, dispossession, and colonization fare outweighs any
                                                                                                     hypothetical restriction on Israeli academic privileges that might
                               Why you all bitch BDS, students, regardless of nationality, creed     ensue from our refusal to collaborate.
                               and religion, thirst for education. Amongst them hundred of
                               Israeli Arabs who do not allow for the politicization of their        You ask why this focus on boycott. The principal reason is that
                               academic future and have chosen to study at AUC.                      the great preponderance of Palestinian civil society
                                                                                                     organizations has asked us to honor their call boycott as well as
                               http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3970752,00.html             divestment and sanctions. It is not for us, and not especially for
                               Like · December 19 at 10:53am                                         any Israeli scholar or national, however progressive they may
                                                                                                     be, to instruct the Palestinians on the proper means and limits
                                 Write a reply...                                                    of their struggle. Would you have told the Civil Rights activists
                                                                                                     that they should not boycott buses for fear of alienating the
                                                                                                     good white citizens of Alabama? Or the UFW not to boycott
                          Paul Lichter I am amazed that this organization would choose to            grapes for fear of damaging Californian grocers? Why then seek
                          participate in a boycott of a country that is always in the forefront      to limit the parameters of Palestinian struggle in order to protect
                          human decency and first in line to provide humanitarian aid when it        the feelings and efforts of the Israeli left? To say this is not to
                          comes to catastrophes such as typhoons, earthquakes, etc. Further          offer insult or to be divisive. It is merely to state a fundamental
                          have you lost sight of the medical care provided to citizens of an         principle of all solidarity: we do not instruct the oppressed on
                          enemy state such as Syria during its civil war?                            how to fight their fight. With all due respect to Michael Zakim, it
                          You really and truly need to revisit your goals as an organization.        is clear enough that decades of well-meaning “dialogue” have
                          Like · Reply · 65 · December 16 at 12:27pm                                 changed nothing and at best offered cover to continuing Israeli
                                                                                                     expansion. Now it is time to listen to the Palestinian movement
                               John Dowdle Paul: do you have any idea as to what you                 for justice and honor and endorse the boycott they have called
                               are talking about. The "Syrian" the Israeli military are              for. Signed, David Lloyd, David Palumbo-Liu
                               medically assisting are elements of the Al-Nusra Front, affiliated    Like · 2 · December 13 at 11:21am · Edited
                               to Al Qaeda. This is a crazy policy, to link Israel in with the
                               Saudi mafia and the extremist right wing nut jobs in the USA. It      Mark Rice I heard or read somewhere that under the terms
                               will end in despair. As for 'a country in the forefront of human      of an academic boycott, an Israeli scholar would be accepted at
                               decency' try telling that to the parents of children who died         an ASA conference only if her or his travel to the conference
                               crying in absolute agony after Israel bombed young children in        was not sponsored by their university. Do you know if that is
                               Gaza with white phosphorous bombs or try telling that to the          correct?
                               parents of the 14 year old Palestinian refugee shot in the back       Like · December 13 at 5:40pm
                               and killed by an Israeli Army sniper or try telling that to the
                               parents of the 17 year old deaf mute boy who was riddled with         Adam Hyman WHO is persecuting WHOM?
                               bullets by an Israel army woman soldier when he was on his
                               way to a shop to buy a birthday cake. Maybe you are the one           Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza:
                               who needs to revisit your goals as an individual?                     1968: 1.1 million
                               Like · 6 · December 16 at 1:17pm                                      2013: 4.4 million

                               Paul Lichter I know very well what I am talking about. I              Jewish population in Morocco:
                               think you need to revisit the TRUE facts. Take your blinders off      1948: 265,000
                               Mr. Dowdle and put the Kool Aid down. Also have you stopped           2004: 5,000
                               to mourn the innocent Israeli children who have been murdered
                               by the terrorist? My guess is no you have not.                        Jewish population in Iraq:
                               Also before you judge by photos, try to discern whether they          1948: 135,000
                               have been photo shopped as the terrorist elements often do.           2004: 30
                               Like · 18 · December 16 at 1:27pm · Edited
                                                                                                     Jewish population in Algeria:
                               Elana Rose Starr Well said, Paul. Please note that in his             1948: 140,000
                               screed, he has conveniently forgotten to mention that Israel has      2004: 100
                               been proffering medical services to victims of the Syrian conflict.




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                               Also, where is his outrage over Arab on Arab atrocities?                 Jewish population in Tunisia:
                               Like · 7 · December 16 at 6:11pm                                         1948: 105,000
                                                                                                        2004: 100
                               Harry Shaw Doodle has no photo because he is
                               embarrassed by the little mustache under his nose resembling
                                                                                                        Jewish population in Egypt:
                               his pal Adolf
                                                                                                        1948: 75,000
                               Like · 4 · December 16 at 6:12pm                                         2004: 100
                               Joy Johnson-Sehl John, if that's even your real name as
                               your FB looks like a made up one, I surely don't see Israel              Jewish population in Yemen:
                               posting internet feed like the jihadists do as they chop peoples         1948: 50,000
                               heads off...but hey why boycott that? John, I do wonder what             2004: 800
                               your real name is lol
                                                                                                        Jewish population in Libya:
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 12:39am
                                                                                                        1948: 38,000
                               Michael Lazar Even if they are not photo-shopped, It is                  2004: 100
                               simple. Israel does NOT target civilians; they are killed as
                               collateral damage. Just like in EVERY military action by EVERY           Jewish population in Syria:
                               western nation. Islamic Jihad shot an anti-tank missile at a             1948: 30,000
                               school bus last summer. Maybe they thought it was a tank?                2004: 20
                               They nearly killed 25 children on purpose. How would you react
                               if a terrorist organization operating out of Mexico shot missiles        Jewish population in Lebanon:
                               at schools in the US and the Mexican government did nothing              1948: 5,000
                               about it?                                                                2004: 10
                               Like · 4 · December 17 at 10:09am                                        Like · 4 · December 16 at 7:25pm

                               Neill Le Roux So MIchael the shelling of Palestinian civilians           William Stroock Peter Lake is right, this isn't anti-
                               with Israeli white phosphorus was 'collateral damage'?                   Semitism, its Judenhass!
                               Like · 1 · December 18 at 5:57am                                         Like · 1 · December 17 at 10:53pm

                               Don Leonard In fact, all of the Zionists shills here need to             William Stroock File photo accompanying Nation piece:
                               lie in order to maintain beliefs.                                        http://en.wikipedia.org/.../File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_146...
                                                                                                        Like · December 18 at 2:59pm
                               How about we listen to one of the people involved tell us what
                               they do...and not the fools that come to facebook supporting               Write a reply...
                               genocide pursuant a belief that ignorance = knowledge..

                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wldvJYuFmKw...                       American Studies Association
                                                                                                   http://electronicintifada.net/.../surprise-move-opponent...
                               “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has   Like · Reply · 2 · December 12 at 9:29am
                               always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a
                                                                                                        American Studies Association This is Benjamin Doherty
                               constant thread winding its way through our political and
                                                                                                        on Tenured Radical's decision to vote FOR the boycott
                               cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means
                                                                                                        resolution.
                               that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
                                                                                                        Like · 1 · December 12 at 10:08am
                               ― Isaac Asimov                                                           Dimitri Rothe going to repost this for proper placement:
                               Like · 2 · December 19 at 12:12am                                        my general opinion is that there is a large dedicated sector of
                                                                                                        your group which has a great hostility to Jews and the Jewish
                               Don Leonard Israeli Racism - where Ethiopian Jews "aren't
                                                                                                        state wholly unrelated to issues of human rights or territorial
                               Jewish enough.":
                                                                                                        disputes. The environment that your "academic group"
                                                                                                        seemingly wishes to foster, where you castigate and boycott
                               "According to IRIN, a UN humanitarian news website, there is
                                                                                                        Jewish citizens solely based upon their religious ties to their
                               rampant racism against Ethiopian Jews; they face constant
                                                                                                        country, is strikingly similar to the hostile political and social
                               discrimination and they live in very poor socio-economic
                                                                                                        environment that like minded academics in Germany promoted
                               conditions because of this racism:
                                                                                                        in Germany for years which gave rise to the Nazi party.
                               “Ethiopian Jews are treated differently from other Israelis:
                                                                                                        Like · 10 · December 12 at 11:04pm
                               factories do not want to employ them; landlords refuse them;
                               and certain schools turn away their children.”                           Deb Kay Bless those who're joining the noble cause of
                                                                                                        stopping the evils of zionism. Bless the Torah Jews whom, we
                               http://chicagomonitor.com/.../israels-ethiopian-jews-a.../               greatly respect.
                               Like · 1 · December 19 at 5:20am                                         Like · 1 · December 16 at 10:22am
                               Don Leonard "Take your blinders off Mr. Dowdle and put                   William Stroock Deb Kay only likes certain kinds of Jews. I
                               the Kool Aid down."                                                      guess in Deb Kay's world there are 'good' Jews and 'bad' Jews.
                                                                                                        Like · December 17 at 10:55pm
                               Ad hominem from a man who states an opinion, and then calls
                               it fact. Who denies fact based on speculative "conspiracies"               Write a reply...
                               about photoshop...

                               Here is some more fact you wont like, being a believer.             American Studies Association
                                                                                                   http://electronicintifada.net/.../taboo-boycotting.../12949
                               This woman, is the perfect representation, of a Zionist. IMO        Like · Reply · 2 · December 12 at 9:29am

                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded...                  American Studies Association David Lloyd, "The Taboo
                                                                                                        on Boycotting Israel Has Been Broken"
                               this is who you are, pursuant your support for the racism called         Like · 2 · December 12 at 10:10am
                               Zionism.
                                                                                                        ‫ פביאן גלגובסקי‬Cool. We only need to break the taboo on
                               Like · 1 · December 19 at 5:26am
                                                                                                        the wrongness of the Holocaust and we are done!
                               Don Leonard forefront of human decency? Yank your head                   Like · 4 · December 12 at 12:24pm
                               out boy. You are stinking up the joint.
                                                                                                        Yael Lieber The fact that ASA is citing the Electronic
                                                                                                        Intifada and Mondoweiss (two websites known for their radical
                               http://www.clevelandchallenger.com/u-s-media-suppressed.../
                                                                                                        anti-Israel stance and columnists w/ very checkered pasts) as a
                               Like · December 19 at 5:27am
                                                                                                        credible source says all I need to know about this organization--
                               Don Leonard http://presstv.com/detail/178789.html                        -the only taboo you have broken ASA is the one whereby
                               Like · December 19 at 5:28am                                             education should be for all people for the betterment of
                                                                                                        mankind not an exclusive club for those whose ideology you
                               Paul Lichter I was going to ignore you but you are so                    support and a weapon to promote bigotry and hatred
                               entertaining I couldn't resist a reply. I speak from fact Don            Like · 2 · December 14 at 9:39am · Edited
                               Leonard. I am further amazed at your willingness to rely on a
                               UN "humanitarian" website for your so-called facts. Perhaps you            Write a reply...
                               should get off your duff and go visit Israel and see for yourself
                               how incredibly wrong and naive you are. You must be drinking
                               some of Mr. Dowdle's kool aid.                                      American Studies Association http://merip.org/breaking-
                               Like · December 19 at 12:55pm · Edited                              %E2%80%9Camerica%E2%80%99s-last...
                                                                                                   Like · Reply · 2 · December 12 at 9:28am
                               Cristina Soler Crespo And you must be snuffing some of
                               Mr. Netanyahu's HASBARA...                                               American Studies Association Alex Lubin, "Breaking
                               Like · December 19 at 3:48pm                                             America's Last Taboo"
                                                                                                        Like · 2 · December 12 at 10:11am
                               Don Leonard Once again Paulie, you have nothing but ad
                               hominem, because that is all you got.                                    Richard Murray A fascinating article just came out about
                                                                                                        the needed project of deconstructing zionism and analyzing the
                               I see you for what you are.                                              roots of the problem:
                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/.../here-why-deconstructing...
                               https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?                                      Like · December 12 at 10:52am




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                                                                                                        Nealhugh Hurwitz Murray: so how do you feel about Jews
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                                                                                                        too? Your attitude towards Israel and Zionism is quite repulsive
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                                                                                                        actually......... and it is hard to deal with you since your views
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                                                                                                        are to me quite horrid...         sorry... "deconstructing zionism"
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                                                                                                        indeed--- I think all of the ASA folks are better off examining US
                               How about I've seen all I need to see, from Palestine.                   Manifest Destiny, etc. I also must say that the language some
                                                                                                        of the folks use sounds like "alien English"--- has the academy
                               Like · December 19 at 5:13pm
                                                                                                        really descended into such obfuscation???
                               Don Leonard All any of you Zionists, and the useful idiots               Like · December 15 at 7:32am
                               that support them have brought to this wall was opinion, ad
                               hominem, more opinion, and denial of the facts.                          Nealhugh Hurwitz And who in "Palestinian civil society"
                                                                                                        supports BDS??? Not my Pal friends in Ramallah for example!
                               Zionism is racism, genocide, apartheid, and land theft. Those            They wish Israel would annex!!! ASA is terribly misinformed
                               are the facts that can be readily proven.                                IMO...
                                                                                                        Like · 1 · December 15 at 7:32am
                               http://jfjfp.com/
                                                                                                        Nealhugh Hurwitz Oh yes... we Zionists are accused of
                               Like · December 19 at 5:16pm                                             using tainted and tilted sources and then Murray posts from Al
                               Paul Lichter Don, your are wallowing in your ignorance.                  Jazeera America... funny! Wish it were... but there is a great
                               And your true anti-semitic belief system is showing in all its           divide on Israel in the USA and it is sad that ASA has taken the
                               glory. Really? Palestine? How can you judge Israel from Gaza or          side of the Israel-abusers IMO...
                               Ramallah?                                                                Like · December 15 at 7:34am
                               Like · December 19 at 5:16pm                                             Nealhugh Hurwitz PS--- I am a human rights advocate
                               Don Leonard You see Paulie, I actually listen to people who              and lifetime member of AFSC... used to be ACLU card-carrier...
                               have something relevant to say. People that do the genocide,             The progressive Left in the US has gone "mad" IMO on Israel...
                               and realize their culpability.                                           and it does reek IMO of anti-Jewish feelings... So ASA gets into
                                                                                                        this and there will be a backlash and enmity, IMO all
                               You don't have anything to provide us but the rantings of a man          unnecessary!!!
                               mad with belief.                                                         Like · December 15 at 7:36am

                                                                                                        Nealhugh Hurwitz and the article Murray mentions says:
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37MFa7ZKQWo
                                                                                                        "...the biggest threat to the wellbeing and security of Israeli
                               Like · December 19 at 5:18pm                                             Jews (and, often, by implication of Jews who live elsewhere in
                               Paul Lichter And the world of decent people turn their                   the world and are assumed to be the supporters of Israeli
                               noses at the stench of hatred you exude.                                 policies) is neither Iran nor Syria; it is the State of Israel itself."-
                                                                                                        -- IMO this is false and a calumny. And anyone around before
                               Like · December 19 at 5:18pm
                                                                                                        '67 knows that Israel enhanced Jewish pride and Jewishness
                               Paul Lichter Your ignorance underwhelms me Donnie                        everywhere...
                               Like · 1 · December 19 at 5:19pm                                         Like · 1 · December 15 at 7:43am

                               Paul Lichter Bye bye Donnie                                              Nealhugh Hurwitz I also would like to know why Murray
                               Like · December 19 at 5:19pm                                             wants to pay attention to Israel and its problems,
                                                                                                        transgressions... as a good Catholic who admires the Church,
                               Don Leonard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwp1eZ-                       maybe he can do something about that institution's problems
                               dtwc                                                                     over the years--- will he want to "deconstruct Catholicism" due
                                                                                                        to the human rights transgressions of priests with boys?... The
                               These are the men that dropped the bombs, and pulled the                 hypocrisy of many supporters of BDS and anti-Israel sentiments
                               triggers, of the guns and ammo that our tax dollars bought and           is appalling IMO... and now ASA has taken sides with the
                               paid for. Telling us what they did, why they did it, and who they        naysayers which is not warranted or smart for an organization
                               did it to.                                                               devoted to American studies...
                                                                                                        Like · December 15 at 7:47am
                               You got nothing to bring here, except desperation pursuant
                               beliefs.                                                                 Nealhugh Hurwitz Since I have worked with Sioux,
                               Like · December 19 at 5:36pm · Edited                                    Cheyenne, Pueblo, etc in the USA I might join ASA and call for
                                                                                                        BDS for American products!!! ... ASA's policy if adopted will be
                               Don Leonard And oh ya, you came back huh Paulie,                         just silly too, IMO... Do you want that???
                               because desperation to maintain belief, and stave off cognitive
                                                                                                        Like · December 15 at 7:48am
                               dissonance, forced you here.
                                                                                                        William Stroock Richard Murray believes the Jews having a
                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?                                           homeland is a 'problem'.
                               feature=player_embedded...#!                                             Like · December 17 at 10:56pm

                               "Because what Israel is doing is destroying the Jewish World               Write a reply...
                               and the Jewish heritage."

                               These men have credibility Paulie. You have nothing.                William Jacobson "all posts containing name calling and
                               Like · December 19 at 5:32pm                                        substance free allegations and hostility will be deleted" --> that's
                                                                                                   pretty much what your resolution consisted of, name calling and false
                               Don Leonard “A great deal of intelligence can be invested           allegations, brought forward in a manner to make opposition difficult.
                               in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”                   BTW, will you also be boycotting the Cornell-Technion campus in
                               ― Saul Bellow,                                                      NYC and other joint projects between US universities and Israeli
                               Like · December 19 at 5:36pm                                        universities? http://shar.es/OWi7C
                                                                                                   Like · Reply · 20 · December 12 at 9:47am
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                                                                                                        Bruce Sanders No, Mr. Jacobson, BDS and their minions
                                                                                                        will not be boycotting the Cornell-Technion campus, nor will
                          Henry Max Goodelman you're not boycotting Iran, China,                        they give up cell phones, computers and medical products that
                          Russia or Zimbabwe though?? Good one!                                         are a product of Israeli technology or research. Oh, and by the
                          Like · Reply · 57 · December 16 at 1:57pm                                     way, they better not have a bagel with their coffee either.
                                                                                                        Like · 6 · December 14 at 8:13am
                               Mike Rahr Why do apologists for Israel always feel more
                               comfortable comparing that country to other unpalatable                  Yael Lieber BDS is all about convenience when it comes to
                               regimes?                                                                 boycotting...they don't want to incovenience themselves...so the
                               Like · 4 · December 17 at 6:55am                                         boycott Jewish chocolate shops and photograph them selves
                                                                                                        doing so using the Israeli technology in their cell phones...and
                               Henry Max Goodelman No comparison Mike. What you                         then post it on facebook which uses Israeli technology for data
                               should be questioning is what do these ASAsshats not have                compression...the hypocrisy would be stunning if it wasn't
                               against those countries that they do against Israel? #lol - No           already so apparent as the whole idea of a boycott movement
                               sane or educated person can think academic #freedom is more              against Israeli "apartheid" is hypocritical and ignorant to begin
                               open in Iran or China than it is in #Israel. Hebrew University of        w/ especially as their leader and chief is getting a PhD at an
                               Jerusalem, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Bar-Ilan                  Israeli university something no Black South African could ever
                               University and Tel Aviv University | ‫ אוניברסיטת תל-אביב‬are              have hoped to do under the apartheid regime...BDS is for lazy
                               leading institutions regionally and globally. #HigherEd #reality         intellectuals who promote institutionalized hatred against Jews
                               Like · 17 · December 17 at 7:49am                                        Like · 5 · December 14 at 9:58am
                               ‫ بسمة جثري‬Iran, China, Russia, and Zimbabwe are not                      Ariella Butler Oh let the censoring begin.
                               militarily occupied by foreign entities that drop white
                                                                                                        Like · 1 · December 16 at 9:48pm
                               phosphorous and other US-manufactured bombs on UN schools
                               in refugee camps. Educate yourselves about Israeli war crimes,             Write a reply...
                               and specifically the targeting of the whole Palestinian
                               educational system. It's abhorrent. "Never again" needs to have
                               resonance for everyone, including the Palestinian people living     Bruce Sanders BDS is simply an excuse for many who hate Jews
                               under brutal Israeli occupation.                                    to camouflage their "Judenhass" under the guise of protesting
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 12:09pm                                   Israeli government policy. Divestment? Why not protest the
                                                                                                   treatment of women and Christians in many Muslim countries?
                               Henry Max Goodelman Good one, Basma.




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                                                                                                     Like · Reply ·   17 · December 14 at 8:10am · Edited
                               http://www.reuters.com/.../us-israel-arms...
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 1:15pm                                           Aaron Bitterman I doubt they know what Judenhass
                                                                                                          means. These are people devoid of historical reference.
                               Henry Max Goodelman
                                                                                                          Like · 5 · December 13 at 9:49am
                               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21455087
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 1:15pm                                           Peter Lake On the contrary, Aaron. We recognize ALL
                                                                                                          historical reference rather than a sanitized version.
                               Henry Max Goodelman
                                                                                                          Like · December 13 at 11:04am
                               http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htchem/20130502.aspx
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 1:15pm                                           Aaron Bitterman Call me Israeli rather than Aaron. That
                                                                                                          way you'll know that I am not eligible for membership in your
                               Henry Max Goodelman                                                        racist club.
                               http://www.51voa.com/VOA_Special_English/as_it_is_48635.ht
                                                                                                          Like · 3 · December 13 at 2:49pm
                               ml
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 1:18pm                                           Nealhugh Hurwitz Peter--- I hope you support BDS for US
                                                                                                          products since we decimated the Native Americans and enslaved
                               Henry Max Goodelman                                                        blacks for 400 years... How about continued slavery in Arab
                               http://www.martinfrost.ws/.../white-phosphorus-weapon.html                 lands? Even Feisal brought his black slave!!! to the Versailles
                               Like · 1 · December 17 at 1:19pm                                           Treaty negotiations where he accepted enlarged Jewish
                                                                                                          immigration into Palestine... Why pick on Israel only then???
                               Ronit Jacobs Israel is targetting the whole Palestinian
                               education system? LOL! You are so delusional. Front page of                Like · 3 · December 15 at 7:53am
                               the NYTimes http://www.nytimes.com/.../to-shape-young-                     Ariella Butler Really Peter?? Google Hebron 1929.
                               palestinians...
                                                                                                          Like · December 17 at 4:01am
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                                                                                                          William Stroock Peter Lake's motivations are highly
                               Yael Lieber Supporters of Israel can't help but point out the              suspect, as are the ASA's
                               obvious hypocrisy of the BDS Mike Rahr ... So the "comparison"
                                                                                                          Like · 2 · December 17 at 10:44pm
                               is not off Israel to China but off BDS and their reaction to Israel
                               as compared to their reaction to China. So actually we are                 Dahlia Wasfi http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                               comparing responses and as far as China, Iran, Syria etc. the              v=c4ZfnpN4Dfc
                               response from bds is: silence. This indicates that bds is not              Like · December 18 at 10:46am
                               interested in "principled stances and human rights" but is
                               interested in bashing Jews. BDS response to Israel is                        Write a reply...
                               disproportionate to their responses to real egregious situations
                               ... ( in most cases BDS had no response which suggests they
                               are complicit with these atrocities) And that is obvious              American Studies Association Mark Rice: We have a
                               hypocrisy.                                                            subcommittee for the 2014 conference in LA devoted to inviting
                               Like · 5 · December 17 at 9:04pm                                      and supporting the travel of both Palestinian and Israeli scholars to
                                                                                                     participate.
                               Don Leonard https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?                       Like · Reply · 4 · December 13 at 5:45pm via mobile
                               fbid=467292963309502&set=a.199210893451045.42984.19919
                               0930119708&type=1                                                          Divest This Not that I expect an answer, but if this boycott
                               Like · 1 · December 19 at 12:13am                                          passes and the Israeli scholars you plan to invite insist that
                                                                                                          they come as representatives of the institutions you are
                               Henry Max Goodelman Thank you Don Leonard. That                            boycotting, will they be forbidden from participating in this
                               photo is literally bust out loud #funny.                                   event?
                               Like · 1 · December 19 at 1:33am                                           Like · 1 · December 13 at 7:48pm

                               Don Leonard Is this funny as well ?                                        Mark Rice If the scholars would prefer to travel with their
                                                                                                          own institutional funds, would that be allowed?
                               http://www.clevelandchallenger.com/u-s-media-suppressed.../                Like · 1 · December 13 at 9:15pm
                               Like · December 19 at 5:30am
                                                                                                          Divest This Again, whether they are paying their way or
                               Don Leonard And do you always giggle like a fool when                      not, if these scholars insist on coming as representatives of
                               presented with fact, contrary to your belief systems?                      Israeli institutions, will they be forbidden from attending an ASA
                                                                                                          conference or committee meeting if the ASA has a policy in
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur5uBaAVa9Y                                 place requiring your organization to break off contact with
                               Like · December 19 at 5:31am                                               Israeli institutions of higher learning?
                                                                                                          Like · 1 · December 13 at 9:22pm
                               Don Leonard And why on earth do you feel the need to
                               support the anti-semites called Zionists I wonder?                         Josef Pozarski BDS years 1933-1945
                                                                                                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur_f%C3%BCr_Deutsche
                               stupid, or just desperate?                                                 Like · 1 · December 14 at 1:36am

                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwp1eZ-dtwc                                 Nealhugh Hurwitz Since we have anti-Zionists on Israeli
                               Like · December 19 at 5:34am · Edited                                      faculties, where are the critics of Arab regimes on Arab
                                                                                                          University faculties?
                               Don Leonard Let me guess, Fox news and TNYT are your                       Like · 1 · December 15 at 7:50am
                               news source of choice?
                                                                                                          Maher Zamel There are plenty of critics of Arab regimes in
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?                                              academia at Arab universities. Did you seriously not know that?
                               v=qMGuYjt6CP8&feature=youtu.be                                             The difference in this case is that there is a clear
                               Like · December 19 at 5:33am                                               oppressor/oppressed relationship between two distanced groups
                                                                                                          of individuals. There is also a qualitative difference in the Israel
                               Don Leonard http://www.youtube.com/watch?                                  case because of the length of time this has been going on and
                               v=kDKw0f95k7Q                                                              because of the fact that this is a country that we Americans
                                                                                                          fund with our top dollars. In terms of national security, aligning
                               laugh all you want, doesn’t change the facts, one little bit.              ourselves with an apartheid state so blatently is costing us
                                                                                                          Americans a great deal of political capital and we're losing
                               The men you laugh at, support peaceful co-existence with                   legitimacy in parts of the world that we need.
                               Palestinian Semites. The Zionists just want to murder them, and            Like · December 15 at 8:50am · Edited
                               run them out.
                                                                                                          Yael Lieber Mark Zamel...let's see don't Americans fund "w/
                               “Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.”                                         their top dollar" Egypt and Pakistan above every other nation;
                               ― John Lennon                                                              and they are oppressive totalitarian states that allow virtually no
                               Like · December 19 at 5:36am                                               academic freedoms...and that has been going on for a long
                                                                                                          time; as you note...also the power dynamic there is
                               Dmitry Genis They don't boycott Iran and China because                     considerable as minority religious, ethnic and sexual groups are
                               ASA as part of far-left supports totalitarian ideologies (islamic          horribly oppressed...yet no ASA moral imperative to act in those
                               fundamentalism in Iran and communist ideology of China).                   cases? Also the US "funding of Israel" is greatly misunderstood
                               Like · December 19 at 4:45pm                                               as US aid for Israel must be spent only on purchasing military
                                                                                                          equipment; so Israel has to pay back all of their aid buying US
                                 Write a reply...                                                         products (primarily helicopters)...unlike say Pakistan and Egypt
                                                                                                          etc etc...where the funding seems to go straight to the corrupt
                                                                                                          oppressive gov'ts to help oppress their people some more...how
                          Ken Grossman This is vile, discriminatory, and outrageous.                      does that aid "help" US credibly pray tell?
                          Shame on this organization for having voted for this arbitrary
                                                                                                          Like · December 17 at 9:21pm · Edited
                          boycott and its attempt to delegitamize Israel and punish Israeli
                          academics.                                                                        Write a reply...
                          Like · Reply · 51 · December 16 at 12:43pm

                          Zoe Lawlor Well done all of you, this is a great step for justice          Jeff Lenchiner If you are going to boycott academic institutions
                          and solidarity!                                                            associated in some way with governments you disagree with,
                          Like · Reply · 42 · December 16 at 10:27am                                 wouldn't you be boycotting universities across most of the planet?
                                                                                                     But you aren't. Just the Jews. You only support discrimination and
                               Dimitri Rothe i completely agree Zoe, this is indeed a
                                                                                                     bigotry if Jews are the target. Not antisemitic though, right?




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                               brave stand that the ASA has taken in the face of great
                               pressure from the Zionist lobby who have been manipulating us            Like · Reply ·   13 · December 12 at 11:11am
                               unseen for time immemorial. The next logical step is to root out              Dahlia Wasfi There's nothing more anti-Semitic than
                               Israelis with businesses here and place signs on their windows                Zionism.
                               so people will know that we are boycotting them. If that doesnt
                                                                                                             Like · 2 · December 18 at 10:44am
                               work and the Jews don't leave then we might have to break
                               their windows!                                                                Cristina Soler Crespo ZIONISM is antisemitic !!!
                               Like · 21 · December 16 at 12:20pm                                            Like · 1 · December 18 at 2:51pm
                               Dimitri Rothe Europe is firmly on the ASA's                                   Jay-Ron Berko Zionism - The Idea of having a Jewish
                               side!!!http://www.annefrankguide.net/en-                                      states . Can't we have one small piece of land in the world
                               gb/content/5_05_1.jpg                                                         where we aren't targeted for destruction, where we can be
                               Like · 7 · December 16 at 12:22pm                                             ourselves? You two are antisemitic of the worst kind. and this
                                                                                                             organization!
                               Ariella Butler I believe he was being sarcastic there. Yes it
                                                                                                             Like · December 18 at 7:22pm · Edited
                               is the first Nazi policy in fact. Academic boycott of Jews.
                               Like · 11 · December 16 at 12:37pm                                              Write a reply...
                               Nealhugh Hurwitz Yes. I got that!           at first I was
                               appppallled!!!                                                           Divest This Has anyone else noticed that, on the few occasions
                               Like ·   5 · December 16 at 1:02pm                                       ASA has chosen to visit this little single-thread ghetto they have
                                                                                                        set up for "discussion and healthy debate," all they have managed to
                               Nealhugh Hurwitz looks like 700 voted yes... be good to                  do is repost the same Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss
                               have those names...                                                      propaganda they have endlessly shoved through the membership
                               Like ·   6 · December 16 at 1:07pm                                       communication pipeline they control, never stopping once to respond
                                                                                                        to a single question, no matter how relevant? It's almost as if they
                               Yiftach Levy Well played, Dimitri Rothe, although I fear                 are willing to do everything in their power to make a boycott the law
                               that such subtle sarcasm is lost on the members of an                    of the land, short of actually defending their positions.
                               organization that would endorse BDS in the first place. Still,
                                                                                                        Like · Reply · 10 · December 13 at 9:32pm
                               bravo. That is exceptional.
                               Like · 7 · December 16 at 3:14pm                                              Yael Lieber I have very much noticed that ;Divest
                                                                                                             This...this shows that academics based their choice to
                               Zoe Lawlor It's a boycott of apartheid institutions, NOT a                    boycott on a clearly biased and limited fund of knowledge:
                               boycott of Jewish people. Your hysteria won't make it so. BDS                 mainly Electronic Intifada (which has a clear agenda that they
                               is winning, it's unstoppable!                                                 don't try to hide) and the very nefarious "news" sources
                               Like · 6 · December 16 at 5:03pm                                              Mondoweiss and Counter Punch...I don't see any resources from
                                                                                                             say actual Middle East research publications and I certainly
                               Eliyahu Neiman Which Israeli institutions you are referring
                                                                                                             don't see any Israeli news sources even cited, such as say even
                               to that practice apartheid policies, i.e. do not admit significant
                                                                                                             the left leaning Haaretz. Clearly ASA has no interest in healthy
                               numbers of blacks, arabs, and other minorities?
                                                                                                             debate...they simply want to see parroted the bias they already
                               Like · 4 · December 16 at 5:25pm                                              believe to be true. That is not what I want in any educational
                               Zoe Lawlor PACBI: "Before discussing the various                              and academic association...to be a tool of propaganda.
                               categories of academic activities that fall under the boycott call,           Like · 1 · December 14 at 2:40pm
                               and as a general overriding rule, it is important to stress that all
                                                                                                             Neill Le Roux "If Israel's government were actively striving
                               Israeli academic institutions, unless proven otherwise, are
                                                                                                             to encourage the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement,
                               complicit in maintaining the Israeli occupation and denial of
                                                                                                             fuel it, expand its impact, accelerate its growth, it could not do
                               basic Palestinian rights, whether through their silence, actual
                                                                                                             a better job than the one it is doing right now.
                               involvement in justifying, whitewashing or otherwise deliberately
                               diverting attention from Israel’s violations of international law
                                                                                                             On second thought, maybe it is. Maybe that's the strategy.
                               and human rights, or indeed through their direct collaboration
                               with state agencies in the design and commission of these
                                                                                                             Maybe Iran is not the enemy that Benjamin Netanyahu hoped it
                               violations. Accordingly, these institutions, all their activities, and
                                                                                                             would turn out to be. Nor Mahmoud Abbas. Nor, certainly,
                               all the events they sponsor or support must be boycotted.
                                                                                                             Barack Obama.
                               Events and projects involving individuals explicitly representing
                               these complicit institutions should be boycotted, by the same
                                                                                                             Maybe what's needed is a new enemy, one which is
                               token. Mere institutional affiliation to the Israeli academy is
                                                                                                             everywhere, can be blamed for everything, can be accused of
                               therefore not a sufficient condition for applying the boycott."
                                                                                                             anything, and can even be used for fundraising."
                               Like · 4 · December 16 at 5:34pm                                              http://www.haaretz.com/.../a-special.../.premium-1.564066
                               Elana Rose Starr Zoe, why are you using Facebook if                           Like · 1 · December 18 at 10:22am
                               you're a BDS supporter? FB just bought yet another Israeli tech
                               company, for more than $50 million. You're using Israeli                        Write a reply...
                               technology if you're on Facebook.
                               Like · 8 · December 16 at 6:04pm                                         Kate Davis I don't understand this. Why would you devote a
                               Zoe Lawlor Hey Elana, boycott is a tactic, not an inflexible             Facebook page to demonizing Israel? Why is this so important to
                               principle - it's not difficult to comprehend.                            you? Who are you anyway?
                               Like · 3 · December 16 at 6:08pm                                         Like · Reply · 10 · December 13 at 9:54pm

                               Johan Bester Elena, it's called 'hypocrisy'.                                  Cristina Soler Crespo We are not demonizing, we are
                                                                                                             denouncing an Apartheid State !
                               Like · 3 · December 16 at 6:24pm
                                                                                                             Like · 1 · December 18 at 2:53pm
                               Zoe Lawlor The wheels are coming off apartheid, there
                               have been many BDS victories in the last few weeks. Netanyahu                   Write a reply...
                               couldn't even go to Mandela's memorial.... Civil society is awake
                               to the injustice of Israeli apartheid and it will end. #BDS is
                               unstoppable!                                                             Jacob Levenson I wish to add my voice to these who oppose
                                                                                                        the academic boycott of Israel or any other university system that
                               Like · 4 · December 16 at 6:27pm
                                                                                                        practices free inquiry. The statements of the AAUP and that of
                               Adam Hyman WHO is persecuting WHOM?                                      former presidents of the ASA give the reasons why all responsible
                                                                                                        scholars should unite on this issue. As a founding member of the
                               Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza:                                  American Studies Association,and former president of my regional
                               1968: 1.1 million                                                        ASA I am distressed that the current officers should have let this
                               2013: 4.4 million                                                        proposal have their support. A scholarly association has a duty to
                                                                                                        support free inquiry.
                               Jewish population in Morocco:                                            Like · Reply · 11 · December 12 at 6:02pm
                               1948: 265,000
                               2004: 5,000                                                                   Tom Levenson I fully concur with Professor Levenson's
                                                                                                             statement. Jack knows the institutional issues involved. An
                               Jewish population in Iraq:                                                    academic boycott of a nation with politics members of this
                               1948: 135,000                                                                 organization may deplore is precisely the wrong intellectual
                               2004: 30                                                                      response, condemning as it does people engaged in reason
                                                                                                             within the country to isolation at a point when they may most
                               Jewish population in Algeria:                                                 need international support. It's antithetical to the ideals of
                               1948: 140,000                                                                 intellectual life over here: shall we not engage with matters of
                               2004: 100                                                                     pressing humanist concern? The proposal turns on a deeply
                                                                                                             selective politics as well. All in all, an embarrassment to the
                               Jewish population in Tunisia:                                                 organization, if you'll forgive someone from outside your field
                               1948: 105,000                                                                 making such a judgment.
                               2004: 100                                                                     Like · 4 · December 13 at 4:50pm

                               Jewish population in Egypt:                                                     Write a reply...
                               1948: 75,000
                               2004: 100
                                                                                                        Mark Rice Letter from 8 former ASA presidents (dated 12/11/13)
                                                                                                        on why they oppose an academic boycott of Israel.
                               Jewish population in Yemen:




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                               1948: 50,000
                               2004: 800                                                           Like · Reply · 10 · December 12 at 9:42am

                                                                                                        Richard Murray But most of academia in Israel has joined
                               Jewish population in Libya:                                              the hasbara (propaganda) campaign of the fascist Likud
                               1948: 38,000                                                             party, associated with the likes of racist Avigdor Lieberman.
                               2004: 100
                                                                                                        Like · 1 · December 12 at 11:00am
                               Jewish population in Syria:                                              Alex Lubin Just to play the numbers game, there are three
                               1948: 30,000                                                             former ASA Presidents (Washington, Kaplan, Jacobson), the
                               2004: 20                                                                 current ASA President (Marez), and the incoming ASA President
                                                                                                        (Duggan) who have supported the resolution. All of them are
                               Jewish population in Lebanon:                                            current and active members in the association.
                               1948: 5,000                                                              Like · 2 · December 12 at 11:25am · Edited
                               2004: 10
                               Like · 9 · December 16 at 7:29pm                                         Mark Rice Alex: Precisely. There are prominent voices
                                                                                                        within the American Studies community on both sides of the
                               Ariella Butler See, there it is again BDS, I thought this was            boycott question. Using the ASA facebook page to provide
                               not about BDS? ASA, Is it about BDS? Did your sheer veneer               access to diverse opinions without privileging any one side is
                               just melt away?                                                          commendable.
                               Like · 1 · December 16 at 7:33pm                                         Like · December 12 at 1:05pm
                               Zoe Lawlor Boycott. Divestment. Sanctions. BDS, it's clear.              Cynthia Franklin <Politics makes strange bedfellows>
                               Just like apartheid South Africa, apartheid Israel must be               From David Lloyd: "Opposition to the ASA’s resolution to honor
                               boycotted.                                                               and endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions is
                               Like · 5 · December 16 at 7:35pm                                         beginning to reveal some significant bedfellows. The recent
                                                                                                        letter signed by eight former presidents is small news: many of
                               Mark Douglas Bernhard Zoe, you robot. You just spew                      them are not currently active members of the Association and
                               nonsense in your limited vocabulary about apartheid. Go to               five had already signed a previous letter that opposed the
                               Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Palestinian territories where you will           resolution and circulated at the Association’s Open Meeting to
                               encounter real apartheid. As a western woman you will be                 little avail. It joins the efforts of an external organization, the
                               locked in a basement, brutalized and covered with a burka.               American Association of University Professors, to harass the
                               Support Israel!!!!!                                                      ASA’s officer’s into giving its letter opposing the boycott special
                               Like · 5 · December 16 at 8:51pm                                         prominence on the Association’s website, despite the fact that it
                                                                                                        spreads manifest misinformation about the resolution. What all
                               Joy Johnson-Sehl Well said Adam. Zoe where are your
                                                                                                        three documents of the opposition seem to have in common is
                               facts?
                                                                                                        an appeal to authority—the authority of the institution or of
                               Like · 5 · December 17 at 12:41am                                        past presidencies—that seems to believe that in the democratic
                               Joy Johnson-Sehl Ha Ha Dimitri Well said...very sarcastic                deliberations of any society such authority, even when in the
                               and sadly very true.                                                     minority, should outweigh the democratic voice of the
                                                                                                        membership as a whole.
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 12:41am

                               Mark Stein the next step will be any store in the unites                 They are now joined in this by the National Association of
                               states that's owned by a Zionist Jew will be boycotted                   Scholars, who have posted on their site a letter opposing the
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 6:26pm                                         boycott resolution and stating that they “applaud the fifty-plus
                                                                                                        ASA members, including seven past presidents, who signed a
                               Brian Greenberg Justice and solidarity? With whom? With                  letter opposing the boycott as an infringement of academic
                               a society that celebrates death, that trains their children to           freedom.” Members of the American Studies Association should
                               hate, that teaches that all Jews and Christians should be killed,        be wary of the National Association of Scholars, better known by
                               that hangs gays and lesbians, that executes people for doing             its suggestive acronym, the NAS. During the “culture wars” of
                               business with Jews? Good company Zoe.                                    the 1980s and 1990s, it was the NAS that led the assault on
                               Like · December 18 at 8:56pm                                             multiculturalism and on the effort by students and faculty to
                                                                                                        desegregate US campuses and end “apartheid on campus”.
                               Zoe Lawlor Your comment is pure racism, propaganda and                   Echoes of those battles are still readable on their website via its
                               based on no facts Brian. It's called solidarity with the                 tab on “Western Civilization” and it is no wonder that they cast
                               oppressed. You should try it sometime.                                   the current work of American Studies, with its crucial legacy of
                               Like · 1 · December 19 at 3:53am                                         anti-racist scholarship and critiques of US imperialism, as
                                                                                                        spelling “the enervation of the discipline”. Members of the NAS
                               Jeremy Borouchoff Hmm .. placing signs in windows
                                                                                                        were among the most active in pushing for the denial of tenure
                               Dimitri? Where were you on Kristallnacht?
                                                                                                        to scholars of color in the 1990s when the push-back against
                               Like · 17 hours ago
                                                                                                        affirmative action began under the threadbare cover of “civil
                                                                                                        rights initiatives.” Since then, with rather more sinister import,
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                                                                                                        the NAS has become an important conduit for the normalization
                                                                                                        and sanitization of Islamophobia, its defense of “Western
                          Rich Penner Agree with Edith Goldman. What a pathetic                         Civilization” spilling over into its battery of postings on “Islamic
                          disgraceful joke. If you are so concerned with the well being of              Extremism”.
                          the Arab people, you should be boycotting ALL the Arab governments
                          that oppress them. But no, you are a bunch of do-gooder hypocrites            The NAS’s claim to be an organization that seeks “to foster
                          who will use any opportunity they can to isolate Israel. I guess you          intellectual freedom and to sustain the tradition of reasoned
                          only boycott democracies and Jews. What a sad day for American                scholarship and civil debate” aligns with the AAUP’s surprisingly
                          academics if that is what you call yourself                                   vigorous campaign against the current boycott resolution in the
                          Like · Reply · 37 · December 16 at 2:42pm · Edited                            name of academic freedom, a campaign that finds it in very
                                                                                                        partisan and proactive alliance with Zionist lobby groups. The
                               Hajar Ibrahim hey Arabs are oppressed day and night in                   ASA, however, does not need instruction on academic freedom
                               Israhell just today Israhell murdered 2 young Palestinians so            from such organizations. Its members have learnt and taught
                               shut up!okay                                                             that every substantial advance in real and material freedom for
                               Like · December 19 at 12:42am                                            people subject to racism, colonization and discrimination has
                                                                                                        come through intellectual analysis that finds expression in
                               Don Leonard https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?                          practice and in the alliance with social movements working for
                               fbid=10150343385553493&set=a.433715358492.214099.51256                   justice. No more than political freedom is academic freedom the
                               8492&type=1                                                              private possession of the privileged. It has meaning only if it is
                               Like · December 19 at 4:33am                                             translated into action and only if we are not afraid to translate
                                                                                                        our understanding into collective action for justice. The present
                               Don Leonard Even Einstein saw what you are, before
                                                                                                        resolution in response to the call of Palestinian civil society for
                               Zionists really even existed Rich. It is America and the UN that
                                                                                                        the boycott of Israeli academic institutions presents the ASA
                               are oppressing Arab nations right now as we speak. Murdering
                                                                                                        with such a choice and such a possibility. As the great majority
                               them in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya, and everywhere
                                                                                                        of those who spoke at the open meeting affirmed, the choice
                               else they want to instal their Zionist based banking system and
                                                                                                        for justice has no need of the sanction of authority or the
                               geo-political agenda.. You call out their Arab leaders, those who
                                                                                                        approval of institutions. That has been the extraordinary and
                               have been "purchased" with American dollars. After the non-
                                                                                                        moving lesson of the open and democratic process that has
                               cooperative leaders got assassinated by the west.
                                                                                                        been taking place within the association and that is clearly
                                                                                                        having its impact well beyond the shelter of the academy as
                               Are you really that stupid, or do you watch lamestream media
                                                                                                        more and more people around the country attend to this
                               for your information.
                                                                                                        ongoing open meeting on Israel’s own version of apartheid."
                                                                                                        Like · 4 · December 12 at 1:57pm
                               Your "opinion", is not fact.
                                                                                                        Jonathan Marks This is not a strong argument. The nub of
                               There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”               it is that because the NAS, of which many reading the thread
                               ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,                                            will disapprove, likes the AAUP's statement, the AAUP statement
                                                                                                        must be wrong.
                               They used chemical weapons on chidlren, and you support                  Like · December 12 at 8:07pm
                               them?
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                               http://www.clevelandchallenger.com/u-s-media-suppressed.../
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                               Don Leonard Zionists are NOT Jews, only racists. Jimmy                 the challenging decision on whether to pursue a career in the
                               calls it...Zionism does apartheid in Palestine.                        academy, I've been very distraught over this move since I woke up
                                                                                                      to an H-Net e-mail about it two mornings ago. The idea of
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDKw0f95k7Q                             supporting censorship between intellectuals is, to me, the epitome of
                               Like · December 19 at 4:43am · Edited                                  hypocrisy. The Israeli university system is a safe place for debate and
                                                                                                      free expression.
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                                                                                                      As an undergraduate, I studied abroad at Hebrew University in
                                                                                                      Jerusalem, even though UCLA had not yet re-instated its partnership
                          Dimitri Rothe i sincerely congratulate you on your noble effort
                                                                                                      program following the second intifada. While there, we were
                          to castigate and vilify Jews on the international stage. You see,
                                                                                                      encouraged to take and consider critical positions and to engage in
                          unlike previous centuries when Mobs would boycott and murder Jews
                                                                                                      deep, honest debate with classmates. I spent the summer learning
                          in the street due to false rumors that would intensify into fact based
                                                                                                      Hebrew with Arab-Israelis and international students from 20 or
                          upon a groundswell of hysteria and hatred, this time your group is in
                                                                                                      more countries. Later in the Semester, I got permission from Prof.
                          the right, after all Israel is committing a genocide, i heard about it on
                                                                                                      Susan Nashman Fraiman to give a special presentation in her class
                          the Internet, so it must be true, we need to punish the Jews. Next
                                                                                                      on Israeli art. I featured a lesser-known artist at the time, Banksy,
                          stop, let's find some Jewish err, i mean Israeli shops and put up
                                                                                                      and his public displays of art on the Separation Wall, visible from
                          some signs so they know we are boycotting them, if that doeesn't
                                                                                                      many of our dorm rooms in East Jerusalem. These eye-opening
                          work we can then break some windows
                                                                                                      pieces were a great topic for discussion in the class, and no opinion
                          Like · Reply · 33 · December 16 at 2:19pm · Edited                          was excluded from the room.
                               Dimitri Rothe fear not though!! you are not the sole
                               political group to pursure this endavour of boycotting                 I've read much of the ASA's efforts at "outreach" on the referendum.
                               Israelis, Europe stands in solidarity with you brave souls who         It is obvious that their goal all along has been to convince its
                               finally have seen the light!                                           membership of one opinion over another. It claims to have put on
                               http://images.sodahead.com/.../000972829/boycott_xlarge.png            programming at its conferences to discuss the BDS movement, but
                                                                                                      judging by the topics discussed, it's obvious to any outsider that it
                               Like · 2 · December 16 at 12:10pm
                                                                                                      was engaging in intellectual propaganda. All efforts began with an
                               Dimitri Rothe                                                          effort to convince its constituency of a singular opinion.
                               http://osaarchivum.org/.../highlights/06/pics/Boycott6.jpg
                               Like · 1 · December 16 at 12:11pm                                      To an outsider, it gives me deep pause towards dedicating my efforts
                                                                                                      to a community so eager to engage in hollow, one-sided debate.
                               Dimitri Rothe my German is a little bit rusty, can somebody            Every post that ASA makes attempting to convince others of its
                               translate this sign that our European brothers are holding in          position sings of a campaign to avoid logical, academic debate. That
                               solidarity with the ASA?                                               they practice a 2-day comment deletion policy is absurd in an era of
                               http://3.bp.blogspot.com/.../jewish+shops+boycotted.jpg                social media. Writers should stand by their position and realize that a
                               Like · 1 · December 16 at 12:12pm                                      comment is forever. One could screencap and save entire threads.
                                                                                                      It's an attempt to stifle opposing positions and control the tone at
                               Dimitri Rothe                                                          their own will with a "reset" button.
                               http://ivarfjeld.files.wordpress.com/.../jewish-boycott...
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                               Like · December 16 at 12:14pm
                                                                                                           Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham (i should clarify that the wall
                               Dimitri Rothe ---                                                           was visible from the dorms, not the art, which was almost
                               -http://www.hurryupharry.org/.../2009/01/nazi-boycott.jpg-----              entirely created on the west bank-side)
                               Like · December 16 at 12:16pm                                               Like · December 13 at 8:58pm
                               John Dowdle Not all Jews are Israelis and not all Israelis                  Nealhugh Hurwitz IMO a lot of the discussion is
                               are Jews. So stop trying to conflate the two together, There are            ahistorical--- people are just not aware of what has happened
                               plenty of Jews and Israelis who find the racist apartheid policies          there since say the Turks! And I bet that Cynthia Franklin who
                               of the Zionist Israeli government an utter embarrassment.                   has the ASA symbol next to her name has never been in Israel
                               Trying to lump them in with 1930s fascists is an utter waste of             or Palestine or any Arab country...
                               time and totally undermines any attempt at reasoned criticism
                                                                                                           Like · 2 · December 14 at 6:11am
                               you may actually attempt. Wise up: international opinion poll
                               evidence ranks present-day Israel alongside North Korea as the                Write a reply...
                               greatest threat to world peace.
                               Like · 2 · December 16 at 1:12pm
                                                                                                      Ariella Butler Almost a million Jews were displaced from Iraq
                               Dimitri Rothe yes John you are right, the Jew is the                   Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen, etc. What about their
                               greatest threat to world peace today. Once we take care of the         permanent refugee status?In the interest of Fairness then, Are the
                               Jew then we can finally have our thousand year reign of peace.         ARAB nations prepared to give us back everything they took from
                               Not all Jews are a threat however, there are some good jews            our people too?? No, Egypt tries to bury the truth, as do the rest of
                               who will help us end the menace that is Israel, those we will          you. Germany, Russia, Span, France, England, Portugal, the
                               spare from our righteous wrath. Who knows, they might even             Vatican...all of you have blood on your hands. Your need to vilify
                               help us organize the rest of the Jews who are the real threat          Israel is a reflection of your own blood guilt for the past 2000 years
                               into some sort of camp system so that they may receive their           of trying to murder my people. You will not succeed in infecting the
                               proper punishment                                                      hearts of Americans with your evil intent. Dispute that. I dare you.
                               Like · 3 · December 16 at 1:30pm                                       Like · Reply · 8 · December 16 at 6:54pm · Edited
                               Natalie Blacher The anti-semitic comments by the                       Nealhugh Hurwitz More than absurd... Boycott Russia, China,
                               supporters of the boycott are proof enough.                            Cuba, N Korea... not to mention the Arab regime countries...
                               Like · 2 · December 16 at 5:42pm
                                                                                                      This is just not smart...
                               Joy Johnson-Sehl John is a made up FB
                               Like · December 17 at 12:52am                                          Best, Neal H. Hurwitz
                               ‫" بسمة جثري‬Recognizing the state that a certain group of               Like · Reply · 9 · December 13 at 11:06am
                               Jews has formed – not even a majority – as representing every
                                                                                                      Ariella Butler What on earth does the American Studies
                               Jew on earth (and perhaps every Jew in history) is actually
                                                                                                      Association have to do with Middle Eastern politics? Exactly zilch.
                               closer to old anti-Semite thinking." I hope you enjoy this
                                                                                                      You lost all credibility with this "action."
                               informative article and open your mind to another realm of
                               possibilities where the Palestinian people's freedom is as             Like · Reply · 7 · December 16 at 8:09am · Edited
                               important to you as your own. http://972mag.com/no-criticism-               Ariella Butler I am going to be calling the Department of
                               of-israel-is-not.../46401/                                                  Education, today. You are violating law by opposing the
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 12:16pm                                           policies of the United States Government, and the state from
                                                                                                           which you operate regarding boycotts. I will never support your
                               Vadim Dribinsky I'm afraid many will miss the sarcasm
                                                                                                           organization again, nor read your publications. You cannot use
                               here.
                                                                                                           government FUNDING and at the same time go against the
                               Like · December 19 at 10:49am                                               policies of the US government, period. That is Fraud.
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                                                                                                           John Spike I vote to stop all funding of this organization.
                          Sylvia Posadas Fabulous result - congratulations, folks           BDS!!          Like · 4 · December 16 at 11:44pm

                          Like · Reply ·   32 · December 16 at 10:49am                                     Ariella Butler I am wondering how Wesleyan is going to
                                                                                                           handle their wayward associate.
                               Elana Rose Starr Sylvia, you need a course in systems
                                                                                                           Like · December 17 at 4:03am
                               thinking. You should realize that by boycotting Israeli goods,
                               you're HURTING the Palestinians. Lots of Israeli industries                   Write a reply...
                               employ Palestinians and if their business goes down, the
                               Palestinians will among those fired. BTW, why don't you speak
                               out about the BILLIONS stolen by Arafat and Arab-on-Arab               American Studies Association
                               violence? (That's a rhetorical question, Sylvia; I know the            http://mondoweiss.net/.../happened-american-association.html
                               answer lies in your anti-Jewish bias.)                                 Like · Reply · 2 · December 12 at 9:29am
                               Like · 7 · December 16 at 6:08pm
                                                                                                      Ariella Butler On that note, what about the MILLION JEWS who
                               Eric Feldkamp Elena, it's called pathological altruism. The            were displaced and or killed by the Arab nations and everything
                               pathological altruist is unconcerned about all the damage they         they had stolen.... You going to boycott those nations too?




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                               are doing to the people they are "helping", they only care that       Like · Reply ·   6 · December 16 at 10:19am · Edited
                               they get to feel like they are helping.
                               Like · 9 · December 16 at 8:21pm                                           Aviva Roth Sucher No less than 22 Arab countries that
                                                                                                          Jewish people were driven from and still may not return to.
                               Stan Shawn Elana, I agree with most of what you write,                     How do you support that action Peter Lake?
                               but I suggest that you check into the historicity of the so-called         Like · 3 · December 18 at 2:07am via mobile · Edited
                               Palestinians. I haven't been able to find any evidence that such
                               a people ever existed prior to 1964 when they literally                    Ariella Butler Yet again they are utterly silent Aviva. They
                               "exploded" onto the world's stage.                                         cannot face the truth that they have made a critical error.
                               Like · 1 · December 16 at 8:56pm                                           Saving face would be too much for them. They can still turn this
                                                                                                          around. A simple Phone call vote would settle it. MOST
                               Sylvia Posadas Since when have zionists cared about                        academic members of organizations would not be able to be
                               'hurting Palestinians'. Their present unctuous faux concern                present for a physical vote anyway, especially at the END OF A
                               nauseates as much as their habitual dissembling and denial of              SEMESTER. I guess they would rather loose their 501c3 though
                               human rights to oppressed Palestinian people.                              that save face. Even the American Association of University
                               Like · 5 · December 17 at 12:46am                                          Professors has denounced this move. They have allowed these
                                                                                                          bds people to trash their organization. Where are they now??
                               Sylvia Posadas Here's how much Israel cares about                          gone of course. They did the damage, and now where are they?
                               Palestinians - it floods them. This is a crime against humanity on         On to the next academic victim of course..
                               top of Israel's existing collective punishment.
                                                                                                          Like · 1 · December 18 at 10:41am · Edited
                               https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/.../8834-israel-opens...
                               Like · 4 · December 17 at 1:01am                                             Write a reply...
                               Cristina Soler Crespo Zionism only cares for its own
                               people...that´s why is called "zionazism"                             Chris DesBarres I'd like you to try an experiment: Go to Israel
                               Like · December 17 at 7:15pm                                          and stand on a street corner giving a speech about that
                                                                                                     government's policies in Palestine.
                               Jeremy Cox Here Sylvia Posadas...the truth:
                               http://www.timesofisrael.com/how-hamas-used-the-weather.../
                                                                                                     Then, fly over to Saudi Arabai, and stand on a street corner giving a
                               Like · December 18 at 4:04pm
                                                                                                     speech about that government's policies regarding women and
                               Sylvia Posadas The TOI is to truth what rancid butter is to           foreign workers.
                               fresh cream. Witness Israel's racism. This is apartheid, this is
                               why the Israeli regime is being boycotted.                            If you make it out, please hop on a plane to China, stand in the
                                                                                                     middle of Tiannenman Square, and give a speech about that
                               'Esmail Coovadia, South Africa’s ambassador to Israel until           country's occupation of Tibet.
                               December 2012, wrote in June this year that what he witnessed
                               in Israel was a “replication” of apartheid. South African activists   Lemme know how it goes.
                               on a trip to the Holy Land in 2008 — including members of the         Like · Reply · 5 · December 17 at 11:52am · Edited
                               ruling African National Congress — went even further,
                                                                                                          Aviva Roth Sucher Enough said!
                               concluding that what the Palestinians are going through is even
                               worse. “Nothing can prepare you for the evil we have seen                  Like · December 18 at 2:09am via mobile
                               here. It is worse, worse, worse than everything we endured.
                                                                                                          Dahlia Wasfi Here's Step 1 of the experiment:
                               The level of apartheid, the racism and the brutality are worse
                                                                                                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftgu6nXpn-c
                               than the worst period of apartheid,” said Mondli Makhanya,
                                                                                                          Like · December 18 at 10:55am
                               former editor-in-chief of South Africa’s Sunday Times. “It seems
                               to me that the Israelis would like the Palestinians to disappear.          Chris DesBarres Considering the circumstances of the
                               There was never anything like that in our case. The whites did             video, I'm going to give the police the benefit of the doubt.
                               not want the blacks to disappear.”
                                                                                                          That was a highly-charged atmosphere -- marches on Jerusalem
                               Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, former deputy defence minister                  Day, which commemorates Israel regaining control over the Old
                               and deputy health minister, agreed that “what I see here is                City after the 1967 War -- and the young man in question
                               worse than what we experienced — the absolute control of                   appears to have been ignoring instructions to get down from
                               people’s lives, the lack of freedom of movement, the army                  the barricade or whatever it was he was standing on.
                               presence everywhere, the total separation and the extensive
                               destruction we saw. Racist ideology is also reinforced by                  Notice that the police don't rush the line of Palestinian
                               religion, which was not the case in South Africa”.                         protesters behind him, which is what you would expect if they
                                                                                                          were really trying to stifle free speech.
                               http://gulfnews.com/.../israeli-apartheid-and-an...                        Like · December 18 at 11:20am
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                                                                                                          Dahlia Wasfi Just to clarify, Chris DesBarres, is your point
                               Paul Lichter Sylvia Posadas, You are so wrong. Israel got                  that Israel has freedom of speech whereas Saudi Arabia and
                               the snow storm and Gaza got the rain and floods. Also, since               China do not? Just making sure I understand...thanks for your
                               you are woefully unaware, Israel grants equal rights to all of its         response above, and hopefully below.
                               citizens.
                                                                                                          Like · December 18 at 4:23pm
                               Like · December 19 at 3:38pm
                                                                                                          Chris DesBarres My point is that, yes, there are, generally
                               Sylvia Posadas Paul, Israel does not grant equal rights to                 speaking, far greater civil liberties protections inside Israel than
                               all its citizens. More than 50 laws discriminate against non-              in Saudi Arabia, China, and a great many other places.
                               Jews. See here: http://adalah.org/eng/Israeli-Discriminatory-
                               Law-Database                                                               Is Israel a Shangri-La? Of course not. And there are grave
                               Like · 1 · 21 hours ago                                                    injustices that happen within Israel proper and the Palestinian
                                                                                                          territories. That is to say nothing about the wisdom, or lack
                                 Write a reply...                                                         thereof, of certain policies, like continuing settlement building.

                                                                                                          That being said, I find the ASA's stance singling out Israel
                          Shai Ben Ami Shame on you.
                                                                                                          peculiar, to say the least. Part of the resolution reads, "Whereas
                          Like · Reply ·   31 · December 16 at 11:37am                                    the American Studies Association seeks to promote academic
                          Avital Bloch This is absolutely a disgrace!! The ASA has no                     exchange, collaboration and opportunities and supports the right
                          business boycotting universities anywhere. (How about                           to education and academic freedom for students and scholars
                          universities boycotting the ASA?) I have been an ASA member for                 everywhere." There are a great, great many countries who are
                          years, and was a member also of the International Committee. I                  far more abusive in this regard than is Israel.
                          thought I could renew my membership thise days, but needless to
                          say, I WILL NOT RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP. So as the ASA will                         But what I find extremely troubling is the racially-charged
                          probably loser its Israeli members--excellent schoars--at the best              language associated with the ASA policy: words like "Zionist"
                          universities of the country, it will lose me too.                               and "Jewery" have been common-place within the discussion
                                                                                                          (although not contained within the resolution itself, of course),
                          Like · Reply · 30 · December 16 at 2:50pm
                                                                                                          and those words have historically been little more than code-
                               Boycott ASA "How about universities boycotting the ASA?"                   words designed to disparage, denigrate, and dehumanize an
                               Soon...                                                                    entire culture. The results have been catastrophic and
                               Like · 4 · December 17 at 8:39am · Edited                                  abhorrent, and I think are deserving of far greater sensitivity
                                                                                                          and consideration than ASA has displayed.
                               ‫ بسمة جثري‬I just want to point out that your symbol has a
                               disturbing likeness to something else. You might wanna                     Hope you have a wonderful rest of your evening!
                               reconsider that, as well as a lot of other things.                         Like · 1 · December 18 at 7:55pm
                               Like · December 17 at 12:12pm
                                                                                                          Dahlia Wasfi Thank you, Chris DesBarres. US policy with
                               Avital Bloch I have to agree about the symbol                              Israel differs from US policy with Saudi Arabia, China, and other
                               Like · 1 · December 17 at 12:21pm                                          governments with horrendous human rights records, in that the
                                                                                                          US funds the "grave injustices" (as you aptly described)
                                 Write a reply...                                                         committed by successive Israeli governments with over 3 billion
                                                                                                          dollars of US tax money every year. Sure, we sell arms to Saudi
                                                                                                          Arabia, but they have their own ill-acquired wealth to pay for it.
                          Batel Libes ASA, Your reply is pathetic and only reinforces what                Despite the fact that Israel was the world's 6th largest arms
                          most are saying--you have chosen to follow one standard for                     exporter in 2012, we continue to arm that country with billions
                          Israel and a different one for the rest of the world. Had you applied           of dollars worth of equipment (or give them the money to buy




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                          similar actions to countries where women are stoned to death for               it) used to continue an illegal military occupation. This is in
                          any action thought by males to be inappropriate or similar such                violation of the US Arms Export Control Act. Until the US
                          institutionalized actions, your stand against Israel might have a place        government does the right thing, we the people need to do the
                          in the discussion. But what you have chosen to do only shows how               right thing, and the non-violent way to do that is
                          off based you are and what you are really about.                               boycott/divestment/ sanctions.
                          Like · Reply · 28 · December 16 at 8:23pm via mobile                           Like · December 19 at 11:48am
                               Scott H. Gendell Well said.                                               Dahlia Wasfi Certainly, racist language is unacceptable, but
                               Like ·   1 · December 17 at 12:11am                                       what do you mean by "racially-charged?" Zionism is a political
                                                                                                         movement, and there are both Jewish and Christian Zionists. US
                               Jeffrey Altman dittos.
                                                                                                         VP Joe Biden has proudly exclaimed that his is a Zionist; how is
                               Like · 1 · December 17 at 11:17am                                         the term "racially-charged?" As for "Jewry," can you please
                               Neil J Sheber This is the classic definition of Anti-Semetism.            show me an example of how the ASA has used this term in a
                                                                                                         derogatory way? As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors,
                               Like · 3 · December 17 at 2:24pm
                                                                                                         I'd very much like to know. Many thanks, Dahlia
                                 Write a reply...                                                        Like · December 19 at 11:48am

                                                                                                           Write a reply...
                          Elliot Goldenberg Are you going to boycott all academic
                          information including technology advances that you use in your
                          hospitals, aircraft, telecommunications, etc. as well as all medical      Joanne Barker I support the boycott for a number of reasons;
                          breakthroughs. Stop using your cell phones, computers, medical            this is one. http://tequilasovereign.blogspot.com/.../academic-
                          technology. Chances are that anything electronic and most new             freedom...
                          medical discoveries come from Israeli Universities and Academia           Like · Reply · 5 · December 12 at 1:16pm
                          Like · Reply · 29 · December 16 at 2:30pm                                 Katherine Metres Congratulations to the activists who made this
                               Elana Rose Starr This includes Facebook.                             possible! Silence is complicity, and you have taken a courageous
                                                                                                    stand that I'm sure required a lot of hard work. I am waiting eagerly
                               Like ·   6 · December 16 at 6:32pm
                                                                                                    to hear the results of the vote.
                               Doc Meromorphic No, these hypocrites will not, even                  Like · Reply · 5 · December 16 at 9:55am
                               though the statement says they support the BSD movement.
                                                                                                         Raphael Gluck Please keep us informed on the boycott
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 8:25am
                                                                                                         vote for North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria.. Katherine Metres
                               Don Leonard blah blah blah. Irrelevant bullshit.                          What incredible work for humanity, for ASA, putting their
                                                                                                         credibility on the line with this vote. How selfless.
                               Secondly, everything invented by Israel was based on the 3                Like · 4 · December 16 at 10:11am · Edited
                               billion dollars we Americans have been feeding them since Christ
                                                                                                         Katherine Metres @Raphael, if you are a member
                               was a cowboy. So we own it.
                                                                                                         concerned about human rights in those countries, as am I
                                                                                                         (except not a member), I encourage you to start your own
                               If there is any country in the world that we should all be afraid
                                                                                                         boycott efforts. I don't appreciate your sarcastic tone. Obviously
                               of right now? It is Israel
                                                                                                         the ASA activists were working for humanity in a selfless way.
                                                                                                         Are you suggesting that they got some personal benefit for
                               “We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and
                                                                                                         sticking their necks out?
                               can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at
                               Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. Our           Like · 1 · December 16 at 10:17am
                               armed forces are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but
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                               rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the
                               world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen,
                               before Israel goes under.”                                           Nealhugh Hurwitz I find this particularly repulsive--- and why
                                                                                                    not apply it to the Chinese and Russians and Saudis, etc. etc.
                               - Martin Van Creveld – professor of military history at the          "Academics could consider whether equally valuable contributions
                               Hebrew University, Jerusalem.                                        might not be made by non-Israeli colleagues." and my my--- apply it
                                                                                                    to all US Universities on account of slavery and destruction of the
                               In a U.S. Army journal, Lt. Col. Warner Farr wrote that one          Native American communities... It is hard to believe that ASA will
                               “purpose of Israeli nuclear weapons, not often stated, but           endorse such a "not smart" measure... Sad too... Neal H. Hurwitz NY
                               obvious, is their `use’ on the United States”—presumably to          NY former Columbia U faculty
                               ensure consistent U.S. support for Israeli policies."
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 7 · December 16 at 9:23am
                               Noam Chomsky
                                                                                                    Richard Tuerk In spite of all the respectable-sounding
                               They attacked America twice before, and they WILL do it again.       arguments in favor of this resolution, it is just plain anti-Semitic.
                               Like · December 19 at 4:46am                                         Like · Reply · 7 · December 15 at 12:33pm

                                 Write a reply...                                                        Deb Kay It's plainly anti zionist. That's why groups like,
                                                                                                         True Torah Jews are fighting for peace in Palestine. Anti
                                                                                                         zionism and anti semitism are not to be confused.
                          American Studies Association There's no boycott of any                         Like · 3 · December 16 at 10:27am
                          scholars. It's an institutional boycott. Read here for more info:
                          http://www.theasa.net                                                          Aviva Roth Sucher Deb Kay- Nonsense! This statement is
                          Like · Reply · 18 · December 16 at 7:52pm via mobile                           as nonsensical as it was to say in 1939, that Jews are
                                                                                                         responsible for disease, and for disobedience against civility,
                               Ian Ross L So faculty or students cannot be hurt by going                 they have undue representation in businesses. These excuses
                               after their institutions. Hmm? Ok                                         were propaganda in 1939 and your ASA anti-semitic stance is
                               Like · 4 · December 16 at 8:09pm                                          propoganda today!
                                                                                                         Like · December 18 at 10:42am
                               Erin Nekervis Really? You expect people to believe the ASA
                               is boycotting academic institutions while taking extreme care             Cristina Soler Crespo Zionists are brain-washed by
                               not to discriminate against individual scholars working in those          HASBARA !!!
                               academic institutions? That's pretty sad.                                 Like · December 18 at 6:33pm
                               Like · 8 · December 16 at 8:28pm
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                               John Spike What B.S. !!! Institutional boycott ??? As in
                               MENTAL INSTITUTION ??
                               Like · 3 · December 16 at 11:08pm                                    Jeff Lenchiner Syria has killed over 100,000 people. No boycott
                                                                                                    though? Russia feels being gay is illegal. No boycott though?
                               Joy Johnson-Sehl I would like to see all of your                     China occupies Tibet. No boycott, though? Tons of countries across
                               contributors please, you can message the info to my FB               Asia, Africa, etc. are discriminatory or racist in multiple ways. No
                               account.                                                             boycott though? But small Israel, less than 1% of the Middle East --
                               Like · 1 · December 17 at 12:46am                                    THAT is your ONLY TARGET. And you're targeting innocent people,
                                                                                                    not even the government or military. And you pretend this isn't just
                               Sylvia Posadas 'I would like to see all of your contributors
                                                                                                    biased, hypocritical, antisemitic hate?
                               please'. Why, Joy? are you going to pricetag them?
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 7 · December 12 at 12:27pm
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                                                                                                         Jonathan Tollefson It's necessary to realize that the
                               Leor Sinai by siding with the BDS you are providing a great
                                                                                                         academic boycott, and BDS more generally, is a coherent
                               dis-service to your association, and to those who ARE oppressed
                                                                                                         strategy that was called for by Palestinian civil society (way
                               and suffer around the world; this puts you in great company, in
                                                                                                         back in 2005). There are different ways of trying to work
                               a very bad place. Israeli academia continues to be free, diverse
                                                                                                         against oppression in all its forms, and BDS is one strategy out
                               and open to all minds.
                                                                                                         of many. Boycott matters in this case because it is a global
                               Like · 6 · December 17 at 4:40am
                                                                                                         movement that was called for by those under occupation (just
                               Eric Savage BS. Blatant religious bigotry and selective                   as the boycott of south africa was a systematized global
                               "morality" - completely un-American.                                      strategy). Academics have responded to other calls for action, in
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 9:12am via mobile                               other cases - actions on Darfur come to mind, for instance. It
                                                                                                         would be meaningless and ineffective for the ASA to "boycott"
                               Divest This I've asked this question of ASA many times                    something out of the blue, because that's not the point of a
                               already, so I don't expect an answer, but if one of the 400 US            boycott. People engage with movements for justice all the time,
                               colleges and universities who have declared that, for purposes            focusing on areas all over the world. This is a strategy that




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                               of any anti-Israel boycott that they too should be considered            makes sense in this particular situation; other strategies makes
                               Israeli institutions and also boycotted, will ASA break all ties         sense, and are being employed, regarding the same injustices
                               with these institutions (in line with this allegedly being an            you mentioned. If you do, indeed, hope to work against
                               "institutional boycott") or keep on asking for money from them?          oppression all over the world, then I would suggest you support
                               Like · 4 · December 17 at 9:19am                                         this clear-cut and well thought out strategy, and also support
                                                                                                        other strategies that are being employed elsewhere.
                               Sylvia Posadas Why would a US academic institution be                    Like · 1 · December 12 at 1:46pm
                               considered Israeli?
                               Like · December 17 at 11:30am                                            Jeff Lenchiner Summary: On an entire planet packed with
                                                                                                        racism, discrimination, violence, etc. the only people being
                               Divest This The leadership of over 400 schools made this                 boycotted are... innocent Israeli Jewish professors.
                               declaration in 2007, taking a moral stance against another               Like · 7 · December 12 at 1:50pm
                               immoral boycott:
                               http://www.ajc.org/.../NYT_ISRAEL_BOYCOTT_AD_080807.PDF                  Richard Murray Gaza, largest open-air prison in the history
                               Like · 3 · December 17 at 12:17pm                                        of the cosmos.
                                                                                                        Boycott.
                               Batel Libes As I posted before to your reply: ASA, Your                  Like · December 12 at 2:14pm
                               reply is pathetic and only reinforces what most are saying--you
                               have chosen to follow one standard for Israel and a different            Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham Richard Murray: North Korea
                               one for the rest of the world. Had you applied similar actions to        = 46,541 sq miles. Gaza Strip = 139 sq miles. Let's stop talking
                               countries where women are stoned to death for any action                 in oversimplified declarative statements. Please define open-air.
                               thought by males to be inappropriate or similar such                     Please define prison. Please explain how we've explored the
                               institutionalized actions, your stand against Israel might have a        entirety of the cosmos.
                               place in the discussion. But what you have chosen to do only             Like · 1 · December 13 at 9:08pm
                               shows how off based you are and what you are really about.
                               Like · 3 · December 17 at 12:29pm                                        Jonathan Tollefson Jeff, I wish you would engage with
                                                                                                        what I am actually saying. I think you also misunderstand what
                               Richard Becker The road to hell is paved with good                       a boycott actually is. It targets the institutions that produce the
                               intentions and rationalizations. As academics you should surely          research, theories, and academic justifications that are used in
                               understand this truth that most 4th graders grasp.                       the ongoing illegal occupation. It has nothing to do with
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 1:40pm                                         individual professor, and also has nothing to do with nationality
                                                                                                        or ethnicity. You seem concerned with injustices worldwide; so I
                               Jill Cunniff Who does the ASA think works at these                       would like to ask a question in return. Did you attack the
                               institutions? They say they are boycotting institutions, not the         boycott of apartheid South Africa for "singling out" that
                               scholars? Huh? By the way, the BDS hurts Palestinian workers             apartheid regime? Do you attack people who boycott Nike for
                               as much as anyone else.                                                  using sweatshop labor as "singling out" Nike? I wonder why
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 9:53pm · Edited                                you seem to single out the nation of Israel and the Israeli
                                                                                                        occupation in your attacks.
                               Brian Greenberg Oh, so that makes it ok? Instead of
                                                                                                        Like · December 14 at 6:02pm
                               trying to tear down some of the most prestigious and free
                               academic institutions in the world (Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv          Aviva Roth Sucher Dear Jonathon T. you are currently
                               University and Technion) maybe you should spend some effort              occupying American Indian lands-- It has been long enough.
                               to bring Palestinian universities into the 21st century. If you          Like · 1 · December 15 at 12:10am · Edited
                               want to elevate the Palestinians to western standards of
                               decency and freedom I am all in favor. But, you are not going              Write a reply...
                               to help the Palestinians by destroying Israel.
                               Like · 1 · December 18 at 9:01pm
                                                                                                   Simon J. Bronner Ari Kelman in the Nation explains his stand
                               Jeremy Borouchoff ASA, you are so full of your own                  against the ASA's boycott resolution:
                               disease.                                                            http://www.thenation.com/.../engage-dont-boycott-open...
                               Like · 17 hours ago                                                 Like · Reply · 5 · December 14 at 6:17am

                                Write a reply...                                                   Simon J. Bronner Palestinian Authority President Abbas Does
                                                                                                   Not Support Boycott of Israel:
                                                                                                   http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-we-do-not-support-the.../
                          Richard Tuerk Now that the membership has endorsed this                  Like · Reply · 4 · December 13 at 5:39pm
                          incredibly biased resolution, the American Studies Association has
                          made it known to all that it is anti-Semitic. it doesn't mention the     Kenneth Cohen If you check the website of this group - the
                          wonderful record of academic freedom found in all the nations of the     comments section has ONLY comments that support the
                          Middle East except for Israel, the only nation in the area with any      resolution. Support of it is expressed in vile terms, which have little
                          concern whatsoever for academic freedom and integrity. I can't           semblance to reality. There was dissent from the resolution but none
                          believe an organization to which I have belonged for years would         is posted on the website. I cannot help but suspect that the site is
                          support such a resolution. I must resign my membership.                  being controlled and that there is censorship. Is this academic
                          Like · Reply · 28 · December 16 at 2:19pm                                freedom or Stalinism?

                               Ariella Butler Better yet take the membership roster you            http://www.theasa.net/.../council_statement_on_the.../
                               have and send out a re-vote to all of them. I bet you will find     Like · Reply · 4 · December 16 at 5:05pm via mobile
                               a very different outcome!!
                               Like · 1 · December 19 at 4:44am                                    Seth Johnston The very fact that the ASA quotes "The
                                                                                                   electronic intifada" tells me more than enough about the ASA.
                                Write a reply...                                                   Don't bother wasting your time on this earth arguing with these anti-
                                                                                                   Semites.
                                                                                                   Like · Reply · 4 · December 16 at 12:22pm
                          Laurie Edwards Shameful. NO support from me or mine to the
                          ASA in any way, shape, or form. No, I'm not an Israeli, and I'm          Alexandra Goldberg My advise to those who voted for this
                          not Jewish--but I know unfairness and anti-Semitism when I see it,       resolution: Practice your own vote in real life, boycott everything
                          and this ASA boycott is both.                                            of Israeli origin, which means the Israeli components in all your
                          Like · Reply · 25 · December 16 at 5:59pm · Edited                       gadgets, medicines, Israeli scientific discoveries etc.... You might as
                                                                                                   well sit around the fire in a cave and debate your self righteousness
                          John Boland I was counting up the Nobel laureates from Israel,           ... But my real question is WHY DO YOU HATE US? Did you ever look
                          then started to count the Nobel laureates associated with the            at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself this question?
                          American Studies Association . . . I'll resume looking for one,          Like · Reply · 6 · December 15 at 2:06pm · Edited
                          tomorrow.
                          Like · Reply · 25 · December 16 at 11:07pm                               Nealhugh Hurwitz On December 4, 2013, the national council
                                                                                                   of the American Studies Association voted unanimously in support
                               Ariella Butler excellent!                                           of an academic boycott of Israel; the resolution is now before the
                               Like · December 19 at 4:47am                                        membership for a vote.

                               Gregory Rutchik Good point John. ASA is irrelevant                  Since the vote page was opened, the council has received numerous
                               Like · Yesterday at 2:10pm via mobile                               public statements and private petitions against the resolution on the
                                                                                                   grounds of its violation of academic freedom, such as this one
                               Don Leonard Good point? Irrelevant is more like it. Do you
                                                                                                   authored by Simon Josef Bronner (Penn State):
                               folks know what they word means?

                                                                                                   "The ASA's National Council has chosen to endorse a resolution for a
                               LOL Yes, and the moon was full tonight, so the apartheid, and
                                                                                                   pernicious boycott that undermines the principles of intellectual
                               genocide, and land theft done by Israel must be "just".
                                                                                                   freedom and free inquiry. Despite vigorous opposition from
                                                                                                   prominent members of the ASA, including eight previous presidents
                               Einstein knew exactly what Zionism is.
                                                                                                   of the association, the Council has issued guidelines for
                                                                                                   discriminatory "symbolic and material action" based upon
                               And so do we.
                                                                                                   misstatements and distortions of a complex situation. My hope is that
                                                                                                   the membership will vote to not endorse this action, although the
                               And this "boycott" is not irrelevant. It is the beginning of the
                                                                                                   rhetoric of the correspondence to the membership clearly is slanted
                               end...
                                                                                                   toward the Council's desired outcome. The news of misguided
                                                                                                   censoring action by a supposedly learned society serves as a wake-
                               "It may not be the decision itself that causes the greatest
                                                                                                   up call to the American academic community and public. No
                               fallout, but its aftermath. Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of
                                                                                                   academic association should enact policies that in the words of the
                               Israel will surely and understandably protest the decision and
                                                                                                   ASA's resolution on intellectual freedom promotes "acts of censorship
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                                                                                                     that endanger intellectual freedom...," including "laboratories where
                               and its members. American campuses could turn into an arena
                                                                                                     students and teachers are free from suspicion because of their ethnic
                               for thrashing out not only the issue of boycott but the pros and
                                                                                                     affiliations; and to campuses open to the widest range of opinions."
                               cons of Israel and its occupation of Palestinian territories. Such
                                                                                                     … Impeding dialogue and free inquiry, making a mockery of
                               a clash is sure to generate the kind of publicity that would
                                                                                                     democratic process, and issuing one-sided attacks based on
                               spread news of the boycott far and wide.
                                                                                                     falsehoods should shame proponents of this resolution and the
                                                                                                     American Studies Association. I call upon the members of the
                               It’s the kind of publicity that Israel can do without. It the kind
                                                                                                     American Studies Association to not endorse it and upon the global
                               of melee that could turn into a battle over the hearts and minds
                                                                                                     academic community to condemn this action."
                               of America’s future elites. Even those who find such
                               comparisons odious must surely take into account that the anti-       Like · Reply · 5 · December 14 at 6:20am
                               apartheid campaign also started on American campuses, before               Nealhugh Hurwitz Of course Bronner is correct... I do
                               it overtook the country as a whole."                                       understand the emotions of the folks for the resolution, but it
                                                                                                          is not a good idea at all!... for many many reasons...
                               end game for Zionist genocide against Palestinian Semites....and
                                                                                                          Cheers, Neal.
                               the 3 billion we send every year so they can afford to do it.
                               Here is hoping.                                                            Like · 3 · December 14 at 6:22am


                               http://www.haaretz.com/.../diplomacy.../.premium-1.563916
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                               Like · 22 hours ago
                                                                                                     Tova Andrews Israel is the greatest innovator in
                               John Boland This is an academic mind on display?
                                                                                                     science'medicine'agriculture'technology'and democracy in the
                               Like · 21 hours ago                                                   world and if you don't believe it than you have been taught lIes and
                               Don Leonard https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?                       pRopaganDa. Think for your self and do your own research.
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                                                                                                     Dima Feinhaus It's so unsettling to see so many anti-Semites in
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                                                                                                     the United States. We live in a successful liberal democracy and I
                               ash3%2F48082_10151454892353493_260874291_n.jpg&size=4
                                                                                                     simply don't understand people's obsessions. Why would anyone
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                                                                                                     single out the liberal free market oasis of the Middle East.
                               Like · 21 hours ago
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                               John Boland Deep, man. But you raise indirectly a minor
                                                                                                          Cristina Soler Crespo Your "trick" of mixing up
                               question. If ASA as an entity is capable of embarrassment, is it
                                                                                                          "antizionism" and "antisemitism" does not work any more !
                               embarrassed by the people without academic standing it has
                                                                                                          try a new one!
                               attracted to its cause?
                                                                                                          Like · 1 · December 18 at 2:56pm
                               Like · 20 hours ago
                                                                                                          Dima Feinhaus Your "trick" of singling out Jews and Israel
                                Write a reply...                                                          ONLY classifies you squarely as a garden variety anti-Semite.
                                                                                                          Like · December 18 at 3:16pm
                          Jonathan Glixon Have you voted to boycott Russia for its
                          stance on gays? China for its suppression of minorities and all
                                                                                                            Write a reply...
                          dissent? Saudi Arabia for its repression of women? I may disagree
                          with Israel's policies on the West Bank, but singling out Israel among     Jeff Lenchiner You were an academic organization. Not so much
                          all the nations of the world demonstrates a warped sense of justice,       anymore. Now you're transforming yourselves into a racist political
                          and if it is not anti-Semitism, certainly feeds into that despicable       organization. One that openly and proudly discriminates against
                          ideology.                                                                  professors/institutions based on their nationality or ethnicity.
                          Like · Reply · 25 · December 16 at 1:18pm                                  Like · Reply · 7 · December 13 at 3:02am
                               David Satterfield Cowards!                                                 Peter Lake The history of academic institutions standing up
                               Like ·   1 · December 17 at 1:09am                                         for human rights and applying pressure on other institutions
                                                                                                          to do so is long and respected. Please note that any academic
                               Lynda Crawford This is disgraceful picking on Israel who
                                                                                                          associated with an Israeli institution can still travel, attend,
                               for its size does and has done so much n this world. These
                                                                                                          speak without restriction other than that it not be sponsored by
                               academics sure are blind.
                                                                                                          a boycotted institution.
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 4:05pm                                           Hopefully this will lead to these Israeli institutions being less
                                                                                                          complicit with and actively opposing restrictions on human
                                Write a reply...                                                          rights based on ethnicity in their own 'back yard'.
                                                                                                          Like · December 13 at 11:22am
                          Laurie Nueske Weil What a joke! With all of the countries that
                                                                                                          Aviva Roth Sucher Peter- Just as you can still freely
                          wreak havoc and destruction, you pick Israel.
                                                                                                          belong to the Nazi party, but you don't have to partake in the
                          Like · Reply · 24 · December 16 at 8:40pm                                       imprisonment of any Jews, Gypsy, or homosexuals. Thank you
                          Nicholas Carraway The ASA will hold its 2014 meeting at the                     for that bit of information.
                          Westin Bonaventure in LA. I suggest a boycott of the Westin                     Like · 3 · December 14 at 7:36am
                          Bonaventure.
                                                                                                          Aviva Roth Sucher I would also like to point out that any
                          Like · Reply · 24 · December 16 at 1:45pm                                       boycott of Israel- as Barry Shaw points out here, should also
                               Ness Carroll You betcha                                                    include all of Israeli inventions, if it is to truly to be done
                                                                                                          properly and honestly-- Make sure that you do not have tablets,
                               Like ·   2 · December 16 at 2:36pm
                                                                                                          drops, lotions, well, the list is long, and I do not wish to take up
                               Aaron Bitterman No, boycott the universities these                         the space, please see:-
                               professors teach at. Call and write to every university                    -http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/36-22339.aspx...
                               administration that is involved in this catastrophe. The                   Like · 1 · December 14 at 7:51am
                               professors should be fired, as their university campuses are
                               UNSAFE for Jewish students.                                                  Write a reply...
                               Like · 11 · December 16 at 3:44pm

                               Ariella Butler Might be a good idea to gather up those who            American Studies Association Points of fact:
                               were unable to vote for whatever reason last time for a revote.       1) The comment threads on this fb page have been open to all
                               Like · December 16 at 3:45pm · Edited                                 opinion since the page went up. When some had the false impression
                                                                                                     that the page was not open to all, we added this specific thread to
                               Catherine Sell This is how it starts......great way to show           make that clear. We have restricted the primary posts (rather than
                               your superior "TOLERENCE."                                            comments) to ASA National Council posts, because this is our official
                               Like · 2 · December 16 at 5:20pm via mobile · Edited                  fb page carrying our official communications. And the elected NC did
                                                                                                     unanimously endorse the boycott, so our official posts properly
                               John Spike I plan to be there....thanks for the heads up...           reflect that. But again, the comment threads are open to ALL, both
                               Like · 1 · December 16 at 11:00pm                                     members and non members.
                               Joy Johnson-Sehl Nic pic John Spike
                                                                                                     2) The Academic and Community Activism Caucus page on the ASA
                               Like · December 17 at 12:43am                                         website is open to discussion from all sides as well, but only ASA
                               Judy Okun Wish I could be there to protest. I hope people             members may post there.
                               in the LA area go there to protest this disgrace in droves.
                                                                                                     Claims that we prevented anyone from posting comments are
                               Like · December 17 at 9:02am
                                                                                                     completely bogus. We will not post outsider doc's, for or against,
                               Divest This There is no need for universities to boycott the          ourselves, in the same way as we are posting official ASA NC
                               ASA. For most of the schools the people behind this resolution        materials. But the comment threads have been open from the VERY
                               teach at have already declared that for purposes of any anti-         FIRST DAY this fb page went up.
                               Israeli boycott that they too should be considered Israeli
                               institutions and also boycotted. So given that ASA just passed        We are happy to have added this thread, making our openness to
                               (and is celebrating) their "institutional boycott," it is incumbent   comment from all sides even more explicit.
                               upon them to break and all ties with these US/Israeli institutions    Like · Reply · 1 · December 12 at 11:32pm via mobile
                               or risk becoming scabs to their own boycott program.
                                                                                                          Divest This Other points of fact: This page was created on
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 9:24am
                                                                                                          December 3rd and an announcement went from the
                                                                                                          President of ASA eight days later encouraging them to use it as




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                                                                                                        a forum for "open discussion and debate" eight days later (and
                                                                                                        four days before the vote will end). It was on that date that
                          Tracy Lippel When do you think you might boycott REAL                         posts related to the boycott (and associated critical comments)
                          problem nations, like maybe Zimbabwe or Iran or China? Hmmm?                  were deleted and only later did this one thread (the lone - and
                          Like · Reply · 22 · December 16 at 2:05pm                                     now overcrowded place where discussion can occur) get
                                                                                                        created (after criticism of the ASA leadership's behavior
                          Holly Shulman It is one thing to argue about the policies of a                regarding how they've handled this whole debate started
                          country, and quite another to condemn the country. Israel itself,             appearing in the educational press).
                          its citizens, its newspapers, its film industry, and so on, is open to        Like · December 13 at 5:32am
                          intense dialogue about the pros and cons of government policies --
                          why is the ASA not equally so?                                                Divest This Check out this page to judge the claim that ASA
                          Like · Reply · 24 · December 16 at 2:01pm                                     "will not post outsider doc's, for or against'
                                                                                                        http://www.theasa.net/.../academic_and_cultural_boycott.../.
                          Hadasa Friedman Dekalo Shame shame shame on you & your                        There you will find thirteen "outsider docs" (many of which
                          comitee for boycutting Israel a country that has contributed to the           have been circulated by the ASA leadership in other forums) by
                          world more than any other country in every subject under the sun              organizations such as Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, and
                          has more Nobel prices than any other country and has aided in any             Aljazeera.com which can only be considered "official ASA
                          disaster in the world including giving medical aid to needy children          materials" if either these groups are now part of ASA or (as I
                          and woman from enemy countries.The Loss goes both ways but the                suspect) the ASA has decided to become part of them as a
                          bias goes only one way your way.You the inteligencia are suppose to           branch of the BDS movement (which may still do a little work
                          be open minded and know the history & facts on the ground but you             on American Studies on the side).
                          have just proven by this boycott that you do not know either one.             Like · December 13 at 5:33am
                          Like · Reply · 21 · December 16 at 9:33pm
                                                                                                        Jonathan Marks Exactly. Moreover this line the ASA is
                               Don Leonard google relevance. Inventions and Nobel prizes                taking: "but we permitted you to comment" is not very
                               do not justify murder, genocide, apartheid, or land theft                convincing and shows what it thinks of its members. It is as if
                               done by Israel. Alrighty?                                                they set a vote, rented a bunch of lecture halls, permitted only
                                                                                                        their lecturers to speak, and when confronted with complaints
                               Besides, they gave boom boom Obama a Nobel peace prize,                  said "but we permitted questions." What are they, monarchs?
                               and he has been at murder ever since, so that really doesn’t             On another note what's with this "bogus?" a term I also saw on
                               impress me much.                                                         the InsideHigherEd comments. If this escalates, will we start
                               Like · 22 hours ago · Edited                                             hearing "totally bogus" from the leadership?
                                                                                                        Like · 2 · December 13 at 8:36am
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                                                                                                        Divest This It's also telling how thin skinned the leadership
                                                                                                        seems to be about (accurate) accusations regarding their own
                          Rania Masri Thank you! Thank you! Yes to solidarity and hope                  censorious behavior, especially for a group that is trying to
                          and freedom                                                                   brand academics who are not members of the ASA (Israeli
                          Like · Reply · 22 · December 16 at 11:08am                                    professors - although just the Jewish ones) as racist murderers.
                                                                                                        It's also telling that the organization that can find time to repost
                               Aaron Bitterman Freedom? Hope? Perhaps it is freedom                     the "outsider doc" they claim don't exist into this very forum are
                               and hope to the 99% of the planet who are not Jewish. To                 leaving it to the bigots their program has attracted to do all the
                               the rest of us it is a modern Nazi tactic to destroy the one and         replying to other people's reasonable questions.
                               only Jewish state.
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                                                                                                        Yael Lieber Clearly ASA is no longer an academic
                               Elana Rose Starr No, the BDS has been open about                         organization..it is a political organization now dedicated to an
                               wanting a Judenrein Palestinian state in lieu of Israel, with its        extremist agenda...one that has no connection to American
                               heterogeneity. Are you for killing "infidels" and female                 studies...but clearly benefits them in some way.
                               circumcision, too, Rania?
                                                                                                        Like · 1 · December 14 at 4:34pm
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                               Joy Johnson-Sehl Exactly Elana.
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                                                                                                   Sharon Ann Musher Listen to Lawrence Summers discussing
                               Andriy Shor Rania Masri - Masri means "Egyptian", isn't it?
                                                                                                   the ASA's proposed academic boycott on the Charlie Rose Show
                               What about copts and bloodshed in Egypt?
                                                                                                   last night: http://youtu.be/yW__sylpHJM
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                               Judy Okun Nothing arbitrary about it--they are haters of
                                                                                                   Zahava-Janet Goldwasser Me thinks it's time to divest of the
                               the one democracy in the Middle East, which gives gays and
                                                                                                   ASA...
                               women equality. Something must be motivating them to single
                               out Israel. Hmmm...what could it be?                                Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 11:44pm
                               Like · 1 · December 17 at 9:27am                                    Jill Cunniff If we are to look at Israeli society, it is within the
                                                                                                   academic community that we’ve had the most progressive pro-
                               ‫" بسمة جثري‬Recognizing the state that a certain group of
                                                                                                   peace views and views that have come out in favor of seeing us as
                               Jews has formed – not even a majority – as representing every
                                                                                                   equals…. If you want to punish any sector, this is the last one to
                               Jew on earth (and perhaps every Jew in history) is actually
                                                                                                   approach.”
                               closer to old anti-Semite thinking." Read up, dear friends.
                               http://972mag.com/no-criticism-of-israel-is-not.../46401/
                                                                                                   — Al-Quds University President Sari Nusseibeh
                               Like · December 17 at 12:15pm
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                               Yael Lieber Dear Friend above, telling Jews what their
                                                                                                   Divest This It just dawned on me that this entire boycott is
                               identity is and how to be a "good Jew" and what to think of
                                                                                                   predicated on the assumption that being condemned by an
                               Israel is "closer to old anti-semitic thinking." Nobody tells a
                                                                                                   academic organization makes one repellant and devoid of all moral
                               Jordanian they are a "colonial project" when they are modern
                                                                                                   worth. In which case, what does it mean that ASA has been
                               state created in the last 60 years by France and England and
                                                                                                   condemned by an academic organization (the AAUP) made up of a
                               given to a minority ethnic group (Hashemites) that rules over a
                                                                                                   much larger and more diverse set of scholars than those making up
                               majority (Bedouins and Palestinians) and allows the majority
                                                                                                   their own membership? By the very standards ASA is using to imbue
                               group only minimal rights. Jordan is an "apartheid state"...no
                                                                                                   meaning into their own boycott, doesn't that mean the ASA itself
                               citizenship is allowed for Palestinians who entered the state
                                                                                                   stands condemned? And, that being the case, how seriously should
                               after 1967 (and often prior citizenship is revoked as recently as
                                                                                                   anyone take their claims that this boycott should be treated as a
                               2007) and Palestinians are only allowed to work certain jobs and
                                                                                                   moral statement?
                               are forbidden from owning property and have a special note
                               stamped in their ID cards to track their movements...yet NO         Like · Reply · 3 · December 14 at 7:38am
                               BDS boycott of Jordan. Why is that?                                 Jonathan Marks Engage, Don't Boycott. An American Studies
                               Like · December 18 at 6:40am · Edited                               prof and Association member writes in opposition to boycott in the
                                                                                                   Nation. http://www.thenation.com/.../engage-dont-boycott-open...
                               Don Leonard Thats why.
                                                                                                   Like · Reply · 3 · December 13 at 2:07pm
                               too funny. Lookie all the opinions above, and personal              Jonathan Marks A point that has frequently been made by
                               commentary from Zionist scum that want to convince us that          supporters of the boycott resolution is that its scope is limited.
                               they are good guys, even though they are racist, fascist,           However all hands have observed that the effect of the resolution is
                               murderers, land thieves, and usurpers.                              symbolic, and its symbolic effect is to support the United States
                                                                                                   Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, which five
                               http://presstv.com/detail/178789.html                               of six members of the executive committee and a majority of the
                               Like · December 19 at 5:00am · Edited                               Council members who voted have endorsed. That campaign, while it
                                                                                                   does not require that we boycott individual Israeli academics does
                               Don Leonard this is why...
                                                                                                   encourage people to do so. This is from the Campaign's FAQ: "In
                                                                                                   principle, since the call is specifically for institutional, not individual
                               http://www.clevelandchallenger.com/u-s-media-suppressed.../
                                                                                                   boycott, such activities do not violate the boycott. However, all
                               Like · December 19 at 5:00am                                        academic exchanges with Israeli academics do have the effect of
                               Don Leonard this is why...                                          normalizing Israel and its politics of occupation and apartheid.
                                                                                                   Academics could consider whether equally valuable contributions
                               http://www.worldbulletin.net/index.php?aType=haber...               might not be made by non-Israeli colleagues."
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                               Don Leonard this is why...                                                 J Kēhaulani Kauanui An excerpt from a document recently
                                                                                                          issued by the ASA National Council, "What does the
                               http://www.guardian.co.uk/.../israeli-poll-majority...                     Academic Boycott mean for the ASA?":
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                                                                                                          5) Would Israeli scholars be permitted to participate in the ASA
                               Don Leonard This is why...                                                 conference or to be invited to my campus to speak in general,
                                                                                                          even if they relied on Israeli university funding?
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5s_trEBcbU
                               Like · December 19 at 5:03am                                               Yes. This boycott targets institutions and their representatives,
                                                                                                          not individual scholars, students, or cultural workers who will be
                               Don Leonard and this is why...                                             able to participate in the ASA conference or give public lectures
                                                                                                          at campuses, provided they are not expressly serving as
                               "Why should the Arabs make peace? If I were an Arab leader, I              representatives or ambassadors of those institutions, or of the
                               would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have               Israeli government.
                               taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does
                               that matter to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis,              6) Would ASA members be permitted to work with Israeli
                               Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one             scholars, Palestinian scholars in Israel, and/or collaborate with
                               thing: we came here and stole their country. Why should they               Palestinian research institutions in Israel?
                               accept that?
                                                                                                          Under most circumstances, yes. The academic boycott does not
                               David Ben-Gurion                                                           seek to curtail dialogue between U.S. and Israeli scholars.
                               Like · December 19 at 5:04am                                               Collaboration on research and publications between individual
                                                                                                          scholars does not fall under the ASA boycott. However, the
                               Don Leonard Now I got lots more fact, to oppose the                        boycott does oppose participation in conferences or events
                               opinionated horseshit I see coming from the racists called                 officially sponsored by Israeli universities. Routine university
                               Zionists.                                                                  funding for individual collaborations or academic exchanges is
                                                                                                          permitted.
                               And much of the fact came from REAL JEWS. Not wanna be
                               converts, or the Christian useful idiots that support them.                In general, the ASA recognizes that members will review and
                                                                                                          negotiate specific guidelines for implementation on a case-by-
                               https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?                                        case basis and adopt them according to their individual
                               fbid=10150507424443493&set=a.433715358492.214099.51256                     convictions. "
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                               a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-                                               Read more here:
                               frc3%2F390860_10150507424443493_186573599_n.jpg&size=                      http://www.theasa.net/what_does_the_academic_boycott_mea
                               800%2C603                                                                  n...
                               Like · December 19 at 5:06am                                               Like · December 14 at 10:44pm
                                 Write a reply...                                                         Jonathan Marks If anyone is left who has not voted,
                                                                                                          please do not be misled by Professor Kauanui's argument. The
                                                                                                          primary effect of an ASA boycott would be symbolic support for
                          Barbara Schwarz ASA - What the HELL is wrong with you???                        the USACBI on whose advisor board Professor Kauanui sits. The
                          Are you insane??                                                                USACBI, while it does not require the boycott of individual
                          Like · Reply · 20 · December 16 at 3:03pm                                       Israeli academics, is certainly all for it. From their FAQ: "all
                                                                                                          academic exchanges with Israeli academics do have the effect
                          Howard Seidman What happened? Do you finally find those
                                                                                                          of normalizing Israel and its politics of occupation and
                          horns and tails that people have said Jews hide? Did you come
                                                                                                          apartheid."
                          across that factory where they've been grinding children's bones into
                          matzoh for years? So, the human rights records of Russian, China                Like · 2 · December 14 at 10:49pm
                          and Iran are so outstanding that they don't deserve to be boycotted?            J Kēhaulani Kauanui I made no argument; I excerpted a
                          Shame on you and your kneejerk reaction.                                        document produced by the entire ASA National Council and
                          Like · Reply · 19 · December 16 at 2:33pm                                       provided a link to the source
                                                                                                          Like · December 15 at 12:01pm
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                                                                                                          Jonathan Marks I apologize for thinking you were making
                                                                                                          an argument, Professor Kauanui, but otherwise stand by what I
                          Debra Rade Education is an international business, and it would                 said before about the resolution's symbolic effect (and the
                          be appropriate for the Office of Antiboycott Compliance of the US               resolution's *supporters,* like Matthew Frye Jacobson, have
                          Department of Commerce to investigate the impetus for this anti-                argued that the resolution is *about* symbolism
                          Semitic and anti-Israel boycott. Does the ASA boycott Syria while
                                                                                                          Like · December 15 at 5:11pm
                          more than 110,000 people have been killed and another 1300 people
                          killed only yesterday? http://nydn.us/1bLcYHA                                   Divest This There is a dark side to this notion of ASA taking
                          http://1.usa.gov/1jc38oo                                                        a symbolic action. For notice that no member of the ASA
                                                                                                          leadership pushing this agenda is taking action based on their
                          Clearly, the ASA is lacking in education and intellectual integrity.            own political conscience and banning Israelis from contributing
                          Like · Reply · 20 · December 16 at 2:23pm · Edited                              to ASA journals or events. For doing so would put them
                                                                                                          personally jeopardy of losing all creditability in the academy.
                               Richard Becker They can dice it any way they like---they                   Nor have they explained how they plan to deal with the fact
                               apply standards to Israel that they don't apply to other                   that at least half of them draw paychecks from US schools
                               countries. Alan Dershowitz calls this kind of behavior for what it         which have declared themselves Israeli institutions for purposes
                               is---a double standard and a not-so-subtle form of anti-                   of any boycott. Nor have they even been willing to show up and
                               Semitism. The fact that many of these academics are Jewish                 answer questions regarding how their "institutional" boycott is
                               counts for nothing, in fact it makes it all the more reprehensible.        supposed to work in a way that will leave Israeli individual
                               The Nazis saw things pretty much the same way.                             unharmed. In short, they seem to be willing to demand the
                               Like · 16 · December 16 at 4:02pm                                          organization put itself in harms way while simultaneously
                                                                                                          avoiding doing anything that might put their own reputations or
                               Adela Pisarevsky ASA....you're a bunch of zombies
                                                                                                          paychecks at risk, despite telling the rest of the ASA that doing
                               following the islamic influenced world's mobs. Where's your
                                                                                                          what they say is a moral imperative.
                               dignity for goodness sake. Of course, evil always gets what it
                               wants, so you'll get it but.....NOT WITHOUT ISRAEL, THE JEWS               Like · 3 · December 15 at 7:35pm
                               AND THE MULTIMILLION SYMPATHIZERS FIGHTING TO THE                          Nealhugh Hurwitz I find this particularly repulsive--- and
                               DEATH! AND....WE'LL SEE WHOSE DEATH IT WILL BE!!! LONG                     why not apply it to the Chinese and Russians and Saudis, etc.
                               LIVE ISRAEL AND ALL JEWS!!!                                                etc. "Academics could consider whether equally valuable
                               Like · 1 · December 17 at 11:31pm                                          contributions might not be made by non-Israeli colleagues." and
                                                                                                          my my--- apply it to all US Universities on account of slavery
                                 Write a reply...                                                         and destruction of the Native American communities... It is hard
                                                                                                          to believe that ASA will endorse such a "not smart" measure...
                                                                                                          Sad too... Neal H. Hurwitz NY NY former Columbia U faculty
                          Hadasa Friedman Dekalo Israel will contunue to florish &
                          inovate ,but you have stained your record forever.                              Like · 1 · December 16 at 9:22am
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                          Barry Goodsmith good. start with your cell phones, developed
                          by motorola in israel.
                                                                                                     Jonathan Marks This thread welcoming posts from all sides of
                          Like · Reply · 18 · December 16 at 3:44pm
                                                                                                     the issue involved is welcome. But I wish it had not come only
                          Jacob Blues It is amazing, though not shocking in a world that             after Henry Reichman publicly complained about "the one-sided and
                          has included educated people before, to see academics line up for          disingenuous presentations sadly offered on ASA's website" in
                          such an anti-Semitic act.                                                  InsideHigherEd this morning. I think that inasmuch as we are already
                                                                                                     a week into the vote and it is only now that ASA leadership is taking
                          Worse, the commentaries show a substantial ignorance as well as            steps to rectify the imbalance also noted in the letter signed by eight
                          animus of the Arab-Israeli conflict.                                       former presidents of the Association, those who have yet to vote
                                                                                                     should vote no or abstain.
                          The idea that one party in this multi-decade long and multi-party          Like · Reply · 3 · December 12 at 10:16am
                          conflict deserves such sanction for its existence, especially when the
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                          other parties in this fight continue to reject the existence of Israel
                                                                                                     has stated that APARTHEID IN ISRAEL IS WORSE THAN IT
                          and accept its place as the independent national home of Jews.
                                                                                                     EVER WAS IN SOUTH AFRICA.
                                                                                                     Would you prefer that ASA comes out with a resolution cheering
                          Not 70 years from the end of the Holocaust and we see an attempt to
                                                                                                     Israel's Apartheid?
                          push the delegitimization of Israel via acts like this. Shameful and
                          careless use of words by the academics above include such                  Like · December 12 at 10:59am
                          accusations as Jim Crow and Apartheid.                                     Jonathan Marks No, Richard. I would rather a) that
                                                                                                     scholars not take Desmond Tutu's word for it; we don't accept
                          The stark reality is Israel came to control the West Bank in a war         appeals to authority from our students; we should not accept
                          brought on by the Arab states of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. Indeed,         them for ourselves; b) avoid the excessive use of capital letters
                          Israel repeatedly sought to keep Jordan, then occupier of the West         c) that the ASA issue no resolution at all concerning the Israeli-
                          Bank for nearly 20 years following its invasion of Israel in 1948, from    Palestinian conflict; d) that if it its National Council issues such
                          entering the war - to no avail.                                            a resolution and opens a vote on it, that it not make it so
                                                                                                     difficult for members opposed to communicate their views to full
                          Subsequent to the end of the war, the United Nations Security              membership. That is what I would prefer.
                          Council enacted its resolution #242, that land would only be returned
                                                                                                     Like · 5 · December 12 at 11:10am
                          in exchange for peace and full normalized relations. This was to occur
                          only through direct negotiations between the warring parties.              Richard Murray I'm not talking about decisions being sent
                                                                                                     out from a position of authority. Desmond Tutu personally lived
                          Unfortunately, 47 years later, and the Arab states that initiated this     with apartheid for decades. He suffered under it, fought against
                          war still cannot accept Israel as an independent state. Worse, the         it, and with millions of others, defeated it. So when he says that
                          Palestinian Arabs, have elected political parties such as HAMAS with       Apartheid in Israel is worse that it ever was in South Africa, he's
                          blatantly racist and genocidal aims. By contrast, the so-called            not talking from a position of authority, he's talking from a
                          'moderate' Palestinian Authority has stated repeatedly that any future     position of lived experience, of knowledge.
                          Palestinian state will be ethnically cleansed of its Jewish population,    Like · December 12 at 11:38am
                          an act that repeats the ethnic cleansing conducted in the vast
                          majority of the Arab world during the past 65 years.                       Jonathan Marks However, in citing him, you are relying on
                                                                                                     authority. Are you telling me that if I can find a person who has
                          Yet, despite this violence and further threat of violence, the ASA has     live with apartheid who is against the boycott, you'll give up
                          seen fit to censor the only democratic state in this conflict, one which   your position? In addition, that he has experience of South
                          not only repeatedly has attempted to end the conflict, but is a multi-     African apartheid doesn't bear on what he does or does not
                          ethnic nation, which includes participation in political and economic      know about Israel. Are you saying that if I say: "Murray, you're
                          life by its various minority groups, including Arab citizens.              more irritating than my friend Jim," that you should take my
                                                                                                     word for it because I've had many years of experience with my
                          Given the above, the ASA's actions should be condemned in the              friend Jim?
                          harshest and bluntest terms for what it is, Jew hatred and the             Like · 1 · December 12 at 12:25pm
                          inability and unwillingness to accept Israel as an independent state of
                          the Jewish people.                                                         Richard Murray It's about knowledge. One does not need
                                                                                                     to be holding a book about prisons, and quoting from a book
                          Like · Reply · 16 · December 16 at 11:22pm
                                                                                                     about prisons, to see that Gaza is the largest open air prison in
                               Don Leonard "Jew hatred and the inability and                         the history of the cosmos.
                               unwillingness to accept Israel as an independent state of the         Like · December 12 at 2:09pm
                               Jewish people"
                                                                                                     Richard Murray But for your edification:
                               No one hates Jews here. We support Judaism, but that isn't
                               what rules Israel. Zionism does. And Zionism is politics of           Here are the first 2 paragraphs of 'Goliath: Life and Loathing in
                               racism, genocide, theft and murder. Actions of the the ASA are        Greater Israel', by Max Blumenthal, published recently:
                               actions of integrity. A word YOU are clearly unfamiliar with.
                                                                                                     "By the end of 2008, the 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip
                               And Israel does not belong to the Zionist people who have             had been left to fend for themselves. Gaza was surrounded on
                               stolen it at gun point, from the Palestinian Semites that lived       all sides by Israeli sniper towers, electrified fences, concrete
                               there. If you understood even a little bit of law you would know      walls, and a naval blockade that prevented fishermen from
                               that NOBODY can claim ownership of property that they have            trawling waters more than 3 kilometers from shore. Weaponized
                               STOLEN. And saying "God gave it to us" does not change that           drones hovered overhead night and day, humming an incessant
                               one little bit.                                                       single note dirge that served as a constant reminder of Israeli
                                                                                                     control. Heeding Israeli government pledges to push Gaza's
                               "It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion,      economy 'to the brink of collapse', army bureaucrats in Tel Aviv
                               clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are          developed COMPLEX MATHEMATICAL FORMULAS TO
                               forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no           REGULATE THE CALORIC INTAKE OF EACH PERSON trapped
                               Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of     inside the coastal strip. Gazans were forbidden from exporting
                               the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands."                      products and prevented from importing cardamom, potato
                                                                                                     chips, seeds and nuts, cement, fruit preserves, ginger, fishing
                               -- Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of    nets, notebooks, musical instruments, size A4 paper, and toys.
                               militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence
                               France Presse, November 15, 1998.                                     'It's like an APPOINTMENT WITH A DIETICIAN,' Dov Weissglass,
                                                                                                     an Israeli government aide, JOKED DURING A MEETING OF
                               https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?                                   TOP MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS. 'THE
                               fbid=10150355939063493&set=a.433715358492.214099.51256                PALESTINIANS WILL GET A LOT THINNER BUT WON'T DIE'."
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                               a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-                                          from 'Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel', by Max
                               frc3%2F305338_10150355939063493_421386645_n.jpg&size=                 Blumenthal, page 3; emphasis added.
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                               Like · December 19 at 9:37am · Edited                                 Jonathan Marks I don't want to have this thread be
                               Don Leonard Chomsky gets somethings wrong, but he sure                occupied entirely with our discussion so I will respond briefly
                               has the Zionists figured out.                                         and then quit. Gaza is run by Hamas, which remains dedicated
                                                                                                     to the establishment of an Islamic-Palestinian state on the
                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0kgG1_6Qn0                           entire territory presently occupied by Israel; they reject
                                                                                                     negotiation and look to eliminate the Jewish state via resistance
                               Like · December 19 at 9:39am
                                                                                                     or military action. They fired 750-800 rockets into Israel in
                               Jacob Blues Your thin veneer of denial, claiming that its not         2012. Israel is not beyond reproach, but it's actions should be
                               Jews that you hate, but Zionists, is exposed for the lie that it is   seen in context.
                               when you claim that "The Zionist people who have stolen it at         Like · 1 · December 12 at 2:51pm
                               gunpoint". Indeed, you replace the word Jews with Zionists
                               when you claim that Israel does not belong to the Zionist             Richard Murray Yes, Israel's actions should be seen in the
                               people. Zionism is the nationalism of the Jewish people. Indeed,      context of the entire Nakba. Atrocities.
                               you follow your false claim by stating that "and saying that God      Like · December 12 at 5:17pm
                               gave it to us..." Clearly, God dealt with the Jews, not the
                                                                                                     Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham Mike Walker If you think that
                               "Zionists".
                                                                                                     anyone wins in a war, you've got the fighting spirit of a child.
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                               Diana Linden Chomsky opposes the BDS
                                                                                                     J Kēhaulani Kauanui The official ASA page, where all ASA
                               Like · December 19 at 1:12pm                                          members (proponents or opponents of the resolution), has been
                               Don Leonard So what Diana, he still calls Israel as a                 up and running for over a year now. In fact, the first comment
                               terrorist state. Rightly so.                                          was posted on December 15, 2012 - and it is by a member
                                                                                                     opposed the the resolution:
                               as to Jacob, he needs to read a book or two....
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                                                                                                     Jonathan Marks Again, do not be misled by this argument.
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                                                                                                     Eight former presidents of the ASA have said: "Despite explicit
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                                                                                                     ASA’s website alternative perspectives." The ASA leadership has
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                                                                                                        on the page to which Professor Kauanui refers. That is like
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                                                                                                        someone who controls all the lecterns and refuses to allow
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                                                                                                        anyone who is not with him to have one congratulating himself
                               Like · 20 hours ago                                                      on permitting questions from the audience. The National Council
                               Don Leonard A lesson for some, who clearly want to                       had an opportunity to share the president's letter and the
                               confuse politics with religion. Pay attention now.                       AAUP's letter through the same channels it has to communicate
                                                                                                        with all members. It chose not to do so. Just consider the
                               "Zionism is a movement founded by Theodor Herzl in 1896                  character of this page; the administrator while allowing
                               whose goal is the return of Jews to Eretz Yisrael, or Zion, the          discussion is simply plumping for the resolution and every single
                               Jewish synonym for Jerusalem and the Land of Israel.                     post, with the exception of this one, hastily thrown up after the
                                                                                                        bad press ASA leadership got in InsideHigherEd, is the sole post
                               The name of "Zionism" comes from the hill Zion, the hill on              that does not consist of pro-boycott info (except for the one
                               which the Temple of Jerusalem was situated.                              about Berkeley--I don't know what that one is about).
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                               Supporters of this movement are called "Zionists".
                                                                                                        Divest This The situation is even more ridiculous than that.
                                                                                                        For after giving themselves months to "reach consensus" on the
                               http://www.truetorahjews.org/whatiszionism
                                                                                                        boycott, the leadership then proceeded to give the members
                               Like · 20 hours ago                                                      just 15 days to vote (15 days that overlapped with finals, the
                                                                                                        busiest time in the academic calendar). And to ensure
                                Write a reply...                                                        "consensus" for this vote as well, they have been sending the
                                                                                                        members a steady stream of third-party propaganda, through
                          Lena Ibrahim Thank you ASA for taking an incredibly brave and                 channels denied anyone with an alternative opinion. And even
                          conscious stance on the side of justice. History will honor you and           in the couple of ghettos they have set up to allow others to
                          will shame those who hoped to keep you away from this moral                   squeeze a word in (ghettos set up so that they can point to
                          responsibility. You have inspired me as a student as well as                  something to "prove" this has been a collaborative process), has
                          thousands of human right student activists all around the country.            the ASA leadership ever once engaged in "dialog" with critics
                          Thank you thank you thank you for doing what is not only right- but           (other than flooding these forums with the very same
                          an academic duty in times and places of really disturbing injustice.          propaganda they have been pushing out through all those
                          Academia cannot be devoid of social activism- THANK YOU for your              channels denied to their opponents)? The only good thing
                          bravery!                                                                      about the organization behaving so dishonestly and so
                                                                                                        egregiously unscholarly is that they have already rendered
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                                                                                                        claims that their boycott represents any kind of moral position
                          Gabriella Kaiyal-Smith This is so amazing, the ASA has taken                  absurd. Such an "ends justifying the means" strategy would be
                          an amazing step towards ending human rights abuses against                    ugly even if their cause was just. But what are we to make of
                          millions of Palestinians living under occupation                              an organization that uses such propagandistic and cowardly
                          Like · Reply · 14 · December 18 at 11:19pm · Edited                           means to reach the ends of destroying academic freedom?
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                          American Studies Association
                          http://chronicle.com/.../Membership-of-American.../143645/                      Write a reply...
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                               Jeffrey Altman If I had any opinion about American                  Dahlia Wasfi Thank you for your moral courage!!!!
                               Studies Association it is NEGATIVE one at this point. It is         Like · Reply ·   3 · December 18 at 10:15am
                               quite hypocritical for this organization to single out a
                               progressive country like Israel which enjoys complete freedom       Kenneth Cohen Why the American Studies Association reminds
                               for women, minorities, and peoples of all religions and             me of the Westboro Baptist Church
                               backgrounds when there are far more oppressive, anti-
                               academic regimes where one cannot study freely, practice ones       http://www.vinefig.org/.../why-the-american-studies...
                               religion, etc that this organization is silent about. Shame on      Like · Reply · 3 · December 17 at 11:34pm via mobile · Edited
                               American Studies Association and their irrelevant, hurtful,
                               hateful resolutions.                                                Jill Cunniff Wow, you academics are so cool, hip and liberal. I
                               Like · 15 · December 16 at 4:37pm                                   just hope that none of you find yourself in need medical care or
                                                                                                   technology that is being developed in Israel. Those institutions
                               David Satterfield Exactly. American liberals attacking              should boycott YOU.
                               progressive Israel. SMH!                                            Like · Reply · 3 · December 17 at 10:16pm
                               Like · 3 · December 17 at 1:08am
                                                                                                   Salvador Rovero Palestinians living in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt,
                               Sylvia Posadas There's nothing progressive about Israel's           Kuwait, Syria and Saudi Arabia are living under more severe and
                               war crimes and crimes against humanity - collective                 oppressive conditions than those living in the disputed territories.
                               punishment, apartheid and settler colonialism.                      You plan on boycotting them soon?? This is sheer racism .
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                               Deborah Gregson The ignorance of people posting here is             Lisa Hochberg Tenenbaum I find this quite embarrassing. I
                               amazing considering this group is made up of people who             pray that none of the institutions I attended or support employ
                               consider themselves more educated than the average joe. To          anyone associated with this organization. Why don't you go after one
                               say Israel has committed war crimes, apartheid, colonialism is      of those other countries in the Middle East that routinely tortures and
                               utterly amazing, and the thought that you people pity the           kills innocent civilians, or a country that stones their women?
                               Palestinians as if they have never done any wrong and are           Instead, ou boycott the first country that was on the ground to help
                               oppressed is outrageous. This type anti-Semitic propaganda was      after the devastation I Haiti and the Phillipines. If you disassociate
                               rampant throughout Europe before WWII, and has led to the           yourselves from the brilliant Israeli minds and institutions, good luck
                               destruction of many prosperous civilized nations. It's heart        getting anything done in medicine, technology and agricultural, since
                               wrenching to see it spewed forth so vehemently by the radical       Israel is the leader in all if those arenas. I guess this explains why
                               rightwing neo-Nazi groups, as well as liberal progressive           our high school students are among the lowest in the world in math
                               academic "scholars". Kind of oxymoronic if you think about it.      and science- and why our college student drop out one need 6 years
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 4:20am                                    to graduate. Those that are supposed to be teaching them are
                                                                                                   ignorant - and although they claim to be humanitarians, they are
                               Sylvia Posadas Deborah, please investigate the                      actually anti-Semitic.
                               considerable volume of research which has been done to
                                                                                                   Like · Reply · 4 · December 16 at 7:10pm via mobile
                               establish Israel's crimes. You might like to start here.
                               http://electronicintifada.net/.../south-african.../3432             Richard A. Smith Why were not Zimbabwe, Iran, China, and
                               Like · December 17 at 11:28am                                       Russia also boycotted? If the members of the National Council of
                                                                                                   the American Studies Association would have done their homework
                               Batel Libes ASA, Your reply is pathetic and only reinforces         they would have found that the acts against academic freedom
                               what most are saying--you have chosen to follow one standard        performed by these four countries dwarf the supposed offences of
                               for Israel and a different one for the rest of the world. Had you   Israel. Accordingly, the members of the American Studies
                               applied similar actions to countries where women are stoned to      Association, who voted in support this boycott, are not scholars; they
                               death for any action thought by males to be inappropriate or        uninformed bigots.
                               similar such institutionalized actions, your stand against Israel
                                                                                                   Like · Reply · 4 · December 16 at 4:34pm
                               might have a place in the discussion. But what you have chosen
                               to do only shows how off based you are and what you are really      Seth Johnston Dima, simply because Israel is the only free,
                               about.                                                              democratic country in the ME. This "ASA" is a tool of the BDS
                               Like · 4 · December 17 at 12:30pm                                   movement.
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                                                                                                        Nealhugh Hurwitz Vote down boycott of Israel, profs’
                                                                                                        group tells American Studies Association
                          Lazy Padawan Vicious anti-Semites. Throwing on a few sellout                  December 9, 2013 8:08am
                          capos on your committee doesn't excuse or change anything.                    (JTA) — The American Association of University Professors
                          China, Cuba, Iran, and North Korea are among the least free places            called on members of the American Studies Association to vote
                          in the world and have long histories of real human rights abuses.             down a resolution endorsing an academic boycott of Israel.
                          China actually invaded and continues to occupy Tibet. Yet there's no          In an open letter to American Studies Association members
                          boycott against their institutions.                                           published Dec. 6, two days after the ASA’s 20-member national
                          Like · Reply · 10 · December 16 at 5:21pm                                     council approved the boycott resolution, the American
                                                                                                        Association of University Professors, or AAUP, wrote that it
                          American Studies Association                                                  “recognizes the right of individual scholars to act in accordance




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                          http://www.nytimes.com/.../scholars-group-endorses-an...                          with their own personal consciences.”
                          Like · Reply · 7 · December 16 at 1:46pm via mobile                               “No scholar should be required to participate in any academic
                                                                                                            activity that violates his or her own principles. In addition,
                                 Write a reply...                                                           faculty members have the right to organize for or against
                                                                                                            economic boycotts, divestment, or other forms of sanction,”
                                                                                                            wrote the professors’ group, which says it opposes academic
                          Michael Iver I hope you make public how each person voted;
                                                                                                            boycotts as violations of academic freedom.
                          such anti-Semitism. There are plenty of other countries to boycott
                                                                                                            “However, an organized academic boycott is a different matter.
                          first. The Palestinians are tools of the Arab League, using a ruse of a
                                                                                                            In seeking to punish alleged violations of academic freedom
                          sovereign state to destroy Israel and kill every Jew there. They
                                                                                                            elsewhere, such boycotts threaten the academic freedom of
                          never, AFAIK, protested for a sovereign state under Transjordan rule.
                                                                                                            American scholars to engage the broadest variety of
                          Like · Reply · 24 · December 16 at 10:46am                                        viewpoints.”
                               Eric Feldkamp And having been offered a sovereign state                      The letter was signed by AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum and
                               multiple times, have refused one, opting to lob rockets and                  First Vice President Henry Reichman, who also is the chairman
                               bomb school buses instead.                                                   of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure.
                                                                                                            The AAUP, a group of American college and university faculty
                               Like · 14 · December 16 at 11:43am
                                                                                                            that defends academic freedom, said it does “not have the
                               Aaron Bitterman It was a unanimous vote. They all voted                      organizational capacity to monitor academic freedom at
                               to boycott Israel. Pretty simple.                                            institutions in other countries, nor are we in a position to pick
                               Like · December 16 at 3:43pm                                                 and choose which countries we, as an organization, might
                                                                                                            judge.”
                               Ariella Butler yes I think the last count was 11 times now                   If a majority of the ASA’s voting members do not vote to
                               they have rejected statehood.                                                endorse the boycott resolution by Dec. 15, the national council
                               Like · 2 · December 16 at 3:43pm                                             said it will withdraw the resolution and determine the next
                                                                                                            steps. Voting is being undertaken electronically by the body’s
                                 Write a reply...                                                           5,000 members.
                                                                                                            The boycott is not binding on ASA members, meaning it would
                                                                                                            apply principally to the activities of the ASA as an organization.
                          Neda Kit As a future academic, I am proud of the ASA in taking
                          a stance against apartheid. I look forward to a lifetime of learning              Read more: http://www.jta.org/.../professors-group-calls-on...
                          and growing with this association
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                          Harry Shaw Institutional boycott? So was krystallnacht
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                                                                                                       Harvey Garfield WARNING NOTICE TO BDS ACTIVISTS FROM
                          Frank Ariel Certainly nothing scholarly about what you did today.
                                                                                                       THE ISRAEL LAW CENTER”
                          Goes to show the bunch of narrow-minded bigots that you all are.
                          Tell me how many other countries you have boycotted based on
                                                                                                       Criticism of and protest regarding the policies of the Israeli
                          their record of human rights violations or occupation? Have you
                                                                                                       government are perfectly legal.
                          boycotted Iranian universities for hanging homosexuals and
                          executing members of the Bahai faith? What about Chinese and
                                                                                                       When that protest extents to boycotting Israeli businesses and
                          Saudi universities for being the worst violators of human rights for
                                                                                                       professors whose only connection to the Israeli government is that
                          many years in a row? What about the Chinese occupation of Tibet?
                                                                                                       Israel is their national origin, that is unlawful racial discrimination.
                          or India's occupation of Pakistani Kashmir? How about Turkey's
                          annexation of northern Cyprus? Did any of you even propose to
                                                                                                       When those protests extend to intimidation of Israelis and Jews, that
                          censor China, India, or Turkey, let alone boycott them? Why so much
                                                                                                       is unlawful racial discrimination.
                          of double-treatment when it comes to Israel? What is it about Israel
                          and its population that raises so much of your ire? Why do you go
                                                                                                       It is lawful to criticise Japan’s policies. It is not lawful to boycott
                          through so many convulsions to talk about the real elephant in the
                                                                                                       Japanese people and businesses because of disagreement with those
                          room? If you can't stand the Jew simply for the sake of the being a
                                                                                                       policies.
                          Jew, why don't you just say it and be honest about it. SHAME ON
                          ASA for its bigotry, double-treatment, and hateful conduct! Go see
                                                                                                       It is lawful to criticise India’s policies. It is not lawful to boycott
                          where most, if not a significant amount of today's advancement and
                                                                                                       Indian people and businesses because of disagreement with those
                          advancement in all fields of science, medicine, technology, and art
                                                                                                       policies.
                          come from. YOUR LOSS YOU SIMPLE-MINDED LITTLE PEOPLE.
                          Like · Reply · 10 · December 16 at 5:40pm                                    It is lawful to criticise Israel’s policies. It is not lawful to boycott
                          Levi Gold Your organization is a joke! Let's call a spade a spade.           Israeli people and businesses because of disagreement with those
                          You should call it an academic boycott of Jews. Btw, the founder             policies.
                          of the BDS movement is currently a student in Tel Aviv University!
                                                                                                       If you keep on the right side of this line you will not be prosecuted.”
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                          Ness Carroll Politics in academia rears its ugly head again !! I
                          am HORRIFIED by your members' vote and by your putting this to               Wendy Diamond Omar Barghouti teaches at Tel Aviv University,
                          your members for a vote. www.TheInternationalUniversity.org will             he would be out of a job if you boycott. Also Hebrew Univ
                          have nothing to do with you or with this.                                    awarded a doctorate to a proud terrorist.
                                                                                                       http://www.theblaze.com/.../convicted-terrorist-who.../
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                          Louise Long Shame on you!
                                                                                                            Divest This Good point. And so the question arises, if ASA
                          Like · Reply ·   11 · December 16 at 1:34pm
                                                                                                            institutes its "institutional boycott" against Tel Aviv U, does
                          Stephen Victor You should change your name to the                                 that mean it will no longer maintain contact with the students
                          UnAmerican Studies Association, or the Anti-Semitic Studies                       and faculty there? Or will you pick and choose between which
                          Association, or the Racist Studies organization. It is an absolute                students and faculty are pure enough to merit your attention?
                          travesty for you to call yourself an organization of scholars.                    And if it's the latter, what test or criteria will be used to
                                                                                                            determine who is pure enough to be on the ASA's good side?
                          Like · Reply · 11 · December 16 at 1:04pm
                                                                                                            Will there be some sort of loyalty oath, or will it be simpler to
                          Chloé Simone Valdary So did you vote to unanimously                               just apply your moral judgment against to just the Jewish TAU
                          academically boycott Saudi Arabia, Iran, Gaza, Ramallah, Iraq,                    members? Inquiring minds want to know!
                          Pakistan, China, North Korea, and Cuba, just to name a few?                       Like · 2 · December 14 at 5:11pm
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                          Keil Eggers Great job ASA! Ignore all of the racist drivel. This
                          was a win for human rights
                          Like · Reply · 8 · December 18 at 11:20pm via mobile                         Divest This In 2007, the leaders of over 400 US colleges and
                                                                                                       universities declared that for purposes of any boycott directed
                          Ilan Nagar Yahav this association lost its legal existence by this           against Israel that their schools should also be considered Israeli
                          boycott. its good to know that this association didn't boycott real          institutions and also boycotted
                          apartheid countries like Iran and Russia who is against homosexuals          (http://www.ajc.org/.../NYT_ISRAEL_BOYCOTT_AD_080807.PDF).
                          or people who call against their countries but Israel who have in its        Now I noticed that at least half the members of the ASA's ASA
                          parliament Arab members who even call to distraction of Israel in the        Academic and Community Activism Caucus draw paychecks from
                          name of speech freedom this association vote to boycott academic             these US (I mean Israeli) institutions. Now since the boycott they
                          universities. this association didn't call to boycott Syria for the murder   proposed is mean to target institutions, I was wondering what their
                          of more then 120000 civilians by their president and not boycott             plans were to sever all relationships with these schools, lest they end
                          Pakistan and Afghanistan for the murder of young women who just              up as scabs to their own boycott program.
                          wanted to study not boycott India for all the rape of the young              Like · Reply · 3 · December 12 at 5:37pm
                          women just because they are women. this association didn't call
                          boycott on South Africa for the murder of the protests who protest           Zach Scheinerman It's pretty telling that every article posted by
                          against their place of work by the police. Israel who support Gaza           the American Studies Association in this thread is pro-boycott,
                          strip by transferring goods and gas and everything they need even            including from openly anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist sites like
                          Egypt the Arab country who have border with Gaza strip don't do it.          "Mondoweiss" and "Electronic Intifada." How can the person running
                          all the Arab students who study in universities in Israel even in Ariel      this Facebook page honestly clear that they are welcoming of all
                          university. what you have decide its a shame on this association and         sides of the issue? If you really want all sides to be heard, either
                          its coming from antisemitism and hate of Jewish nothing more and             submit content from all sides or from none at all.




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                          who is going to loose its the american academic research.                 Like · Reply ·   5 · December 12 at 12:19pm
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                                                                                                         Richard Murray This is from the New York Times. Bill
                               Don Leonard Irrelevant comparisons from a desperate                       Keller is upset about all the neocons and zionists ruling in
                               person seeking to legitimize an illegitimate and psychotic                Washington:
                               political state called Israel. Zionists do murder, apartheid,             http://mondoweiss.net/.../neocons-warmongers-netanyahu.html
                               genocide, land theft, and they murder children. No comparison             Like · December 12 at 12:39pm
                               to Russia, or Iran, India or anyone else except our very own
                               America.                                                                  Zach Scheinerman Pay close attention, ASA, this is the
                                                                                                         kind of people that you will get into bed with if you endorse this
                               There is nothing anti-Semitic about reflecting on fact. And the           boycott.
                               real anti-Semites are called Zionists, and live in Israel. Those          Like · 1 · December 12 at 12:48pm
                               who murder Semitic Palestinians every day in order to steal
                                                                                                         Jonathan Tollefson Zach, it is important to not conflate
                               their land.
                                                                                                         zionism with judaism or jewishness. Zionism is a political project
                                                                                                         that started in the 19th century. From its inception, it was a
                               "It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion,
                                                                                                         project wherein Europeans sought to relocate to historic
                               clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are
                                                                                                         Palestine, and remove indigenous residents in the process. I
                               forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no
                                                                                                         encourage you to read the writings of early zionists - theirs was
                               Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of
                                                                                                         a a project that was explicitly and intentionally similar to
                               the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands."
                                                                                                         Europeans colonialism. So, please don't conflate zionism with
                                                                                                         jewishness - doing so is ahistorical, and silences the voices of
                               -- Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of
                                                                                                         the many jewish people who oppose the zionist project.
                               militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence
                               France Presse, November 15, 1998.                                         Like · 1 · December 12 at 1:29pm

                                                                                                         Zach Scheinerman Jonathan, that's just a load of Palsbara.
                               Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves ... politically we are        I didn't say that Judaism and Zionism are the same. But
                               the aggressors and they defend themselves... The country is               Mondoweiss and EI play host to people who are against both.
                               theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here
                                                                                                         Like · 1 · December 12 at 1:40pm
                               and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from
                               them their country... behind the terrorism [by the Arabs] is a            Richard Murray Zach, Bill Keller writes for the New York
                               movement, which though primitive is not devoid of idealism and            Times, which has been overwhelmingly pro-zionist. If Bill Keller
                               self sacrifice." - David Ben Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of                 is starting to say these things, then the zionist hasbara machine
                               Chomsky's Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan's               is starting to break down.
                               "Zionism and the Palestinians pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech.              Like · December 12 at 2:17pm

                               bring it.                                                                 Divest This I was thinking the very same thing Zach. After a
                               Like · December 19 at 5:13am                                              week of bombarding the membership with information about
                                                                                                         just one side of the issue, they decide to "open up" discussion
                                 Write a reply...                                                        on one measly thread of one Facebook page with all of their
                                                                                                         own commentary within that thread containing more of their
                                                                                                         same one-sided propaganda. The only good that will come out
                          Scott H. Gendell On the Charlie Rose show on PBS last week,                    of such behavior is that it exposes the lack of credibility for the
                          Lawrence H. Summers, the former Harvard University president                   organization claiming moral authority condemn other
                          and former Treasury secretary, disparaged “the idea that of all the            academics.
                          countries in the world that might be thought to have human rights              Like · 2 · December 12 at 3:13pm
                          abuses, that might be thought to have inappropriate foreign policies,
                          that might be thought to be doing things wrong, the idea that there’s          Richard Murray Hey Divest, for the last few days, and
                          only one that is worthy of boycott, and that is Israel.”                       more, I've been having to deal with a nasty aipac troll with the
                                                                                                         initials MW. Look at the earlier posts, and you'll see him
                          He called for a kind of reverse boycott, saying that universities              everywhere. He's trying to disrupt conversations and spread
                          should reconsider paying for faculty members to belong to the                  nasty aipac fumes.
                          American Studies Association or to participate in its events."                 Like · December 12 at 5:25pm
                          Well said Mr. Summers!
                                                                                                         Yael Lieber Everything you are typing Richard Murray is a
                          Like · Reply · 9 · December 16 at 5:47pm
                                                                                                         simple anti-semitic trope from time immemorial...Jews control
                          Bob Lamb I know of a country that stole all of its land from                   the gov't, Jews control the media, Jews are responsible for all
                          indigenous peoples, exterminated their populations (from roughly               the conflict in the world...maybe ASA should examine their clear
                          5 Million in 1492 to 250,000 by 1890); enslaved many millions of               institutionalized bigotry against Jews...that is obviously the root
                          Africans for over two hundred years and then practiced racial                  problem here.
                          terrorism and continues to practice institutional racism; invaded              Like · December 14 at 2:48pm
                          without provocation Cuba (twice), the Philippines, Vietnam, and Iraq;
                          was the first and only nation to drop an atomic bomb on major cities           Yael Lieber Zionism is simply the Jewish longing for self
                          or any place for that matter (twice); and regularly murders innocent           determination...it is perfectly normal and logical to conflate
                          civilians with drones. Why isn't the ASA boycotting that nation? Oh            Zionism and Judaism...if you don't like Israeli's policies then fine
                          yeah, they don't want to bite the hand that feeds them.                        but being anti-zionist means you don't support the Jewish right
                                                                                                         to self determination but support everyone else's...that is anti-
                          Like · Reply · 7 · December 16 at 7:19pm · Edited
                                                                                                         semitism plain and simple. You don't get to cherry pick your
                          Nicole Q. Blacksburg Shame on you.                                             consciousness and say self determination for some but not Jews
                          Like · Reply ·     7 · December 16 at 5:39pm                                   and still call yourself a humanitarian...it doesn't work that way.
                                                                                                         Like · December 14 at 2:52pm
                          Hannah Swearman Hearing the academic community begin to
                          stand up against anti-Palestinian rhetoric is inspiring and a long             Jonathan Tollefson The displacement of indigenous
                          time coming. I'm so grateful for everyone who worked tirelessly to             populations has been integral to zionism since its inception -
                          make this happen, and proud of the ASA for staying strong in their             please, read early zionist thinkers. It is patently false to claim
                          principles and translating that into meaningful action. I know this is         otherwise. It is also disingenuous to talk of valuing self
                          just the beginning of many academic boycotts to come, I have so                determination when, today, those under occupation in Palestine
                          much respect for this organization and its members who are willing             have been categorically denied self determination in any form.
                          to take action against oppression, even when it's unpopular.                   We must value self determination and the right to live with
                                                                                                         justice and dignity; the occupation literally attacks these rights
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                                                                                                         every day.
                          Nealhugh Hurwitz terrible... sorry... sorta a disgrace for the                 Like · December 14 at 11:19pm
                          org...
                                                                                                         Yael Lieber I have read the early Zionist "thinkers" as I am
                          Like · Reply · 8 · December 16 at 12:32pm
                                                                                                         likely much older than you and know what it is like to be
                          Hadjar Aouardji Gahmi Thank you, ASA. Such a nice way to                       expelled and homeless. And Zionism is Jewish pride...it is
                          honour Mandela and cherish and preserve his legacy. You just                   allowing ourselves to control our own destiny. There is no zero
                          gave me hope in peace again.                                                   sum game here...Palestinian self determination does not have to
                          Like · Reply · 13 · December 16 at 11:53am via mobile                          come at the cost of Jewish self determination ...that is what you
                                                                                                         BDS folks will never understand. As far as being indigenous, the
                               Joy Johnson-Sehl Please                                                   Jews are indigenous and have an unbroken connection to Israel
                               Like ·      1 · December 17 at 12:55am                                    of over 5,000 years....there would be no Christians or Muslims if
                                                                                                         it wasn't for Jews...facts are facts even if the BDS doesn't like
                               Jeffrey Altman Mandela supported the existence of the                     them.
                               Israeli state in co-existence with the Palestinians. The situation
                                                                                                         Like · December 17 at 9:44pm
                               in Israel is vastly different and is not de-facto "apartheid" that
                               existed in S. Africa.                                                       Write a reply...
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                               Neil J Sheber Even Mahmoud Abass is against a boycott of             ‫ פביאן גלגובסקי‬So... are we allowed then to expel all Arab
                               Israel...                                                            teachers and employees from the Hebrew University, now that
                               Like · 3 · December 17 at 2:26pm                                     you are cutting out contact with Israelis from ASA? Surely if you
                                                                                                    don't consider racist to cut contact with us, you cannot consider
                                 Write a reply...                                                   racist that we cut contact with Palestinians?
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                          Carlos Gman Amazing news! - December 15, 2013 - The council                    Richard Murray But you already have expelled most Arabs
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                          (NAISA) declares its support for the boycott of Israeli academic
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                          institutions. http://naisa.org/node/719
                          Like · Reply · 5 · December 18 at 11:33pm                                   ‫ פביאן גלגובסקי‬That is certainly news for me. I see tons
                                                                                                      of them everyday at the Hebrew University.
                          Kenneth Cohen This is an academic pogrom.
                                                                                                      Like · 5 · December 12 at 12:15pm
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                                                                                                      ‫ פביאן גלגובסקי‬In any case, you would not consider
                          Damián Fontanez This has the wrong title. It should say "ASA                racism for us to stop having Arab students, Arab teachers, Arab
                          Members Vote To Endorse Academic Boycott of Israel"                         lecturers, Arab employees, right? You have cut your relations
                          Like · Reply · 8 · December 16 at 11:25am                                   with Israelis, so I guess it is only what is expected of us.
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                          Steve G Kays I applaud your courage, stay the course.
                          Like · Reply ·     4 · December 16 at 9:27pm                                Richard Murray 'Tons of them', you say. I can feel the
                                                                                                      love.
                          Rania Masri What a beautiful way to honor Mandela and all                   Like · December 12 at 12:42pm
                          others who worked - and continue to work - for equality and
                          against racism and apartheid in all its many forms.                         ‫ פביאן גלגובסקי‬Do you love us? I don't think so.
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                               Anna Pegler-Gordon Although President Abbas stated at                  ‫ פביאן גלגובסקי‬This is not about love. This is about the
                               Mandela's funeral that he didn't support boycotting Israel,            hate you feel for Israel. This is your hobby.
                               just the Occupied Territories.                                         Like · December 12 at 12:45pm
                               http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-we-do-not-support-the.../
                               Like · 2 · December 16 at 2:53pm                                       Richard Murray Peace is the way. Not fear. Not separation.
                                                                                                      Like · December 12 at 2:20pm
                               Elana Rose Starr Rania, please don't start spouting the
                               fake quote from Mandela criticizing Israel. It was a lie passed        Richard Murray And yes. I love the Jewish people.
                               around by rabble rouser Arjan el Fassed, who is of Palestinian         Like · December 12 at 2:20pm
                               descent. While admittedly no gung ho Zionist, Mandela visited
                                                                                                      ‫ פביאן גלגובסקי‬You love the Jewish people powerless.
                               Israel, did not sever diplomatic ties, and acknowledged its
                               leaders.                                                               Like · 2 · December 12 at 2:23pm
                               Like · 4 · December 16 at 6:32pm                                       Richard Murray PBYAN, you just removed your statement
                                                                                                      where you recommend I get a shrink. As for your statement
                               Joy Johnson-Sehl Way to go Elana-Speak the truth
                                                                                                      about powerlessness, that gets more tricky. I pray that never
                               Like · 1 · December 17 at 12:47am
                                                                                                      again in history will a Jewish person or a Palestinian die from
                                 Write a reply...                                                     violence.
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                                                                                                      Richard Murray PBYAN (I haven't learned how to read
                          Damian M Wilhelm "The organization voted to boycott Israel.
                                                                                                      modern Hebrew, without the vowel points, so I hope my
                          Here’s who they’re not boycotting."
                                                                                                      transliteration of your name is accurate), here's something to
                                                                                                      think about. You live in Rehovot, it says.
                          http://www.tabletmag.com/.../the-american-studies...
                                                                                                      Technology is growing. And the Likud and other far-right folks
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 16 at 2:21pm
                                                                                                      like Avigdor Lieberman are making more and more enemies, not
                          Marcy Newman Thank you so much for finally seeing how                       only in the Middle East, but around the world. This is not a
                          necessary and important such a decision is. I'm so grateful that            healthy combination.
                          this organization, which was once my academic home, has chosen to           Someday not too long in the future, a terrorist is going to build
                          be on the correct side of history.                                          a drone that is only a few feet wide. That drone, with some sort
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 18 at 11:28pm                                   of deadly cargo (remember, science and technology are getting
                                                                                                      more potent), is going to go into towns and villages, with a lot
                          Nora Jbh Great thanks to the ASA's courageous stance. I have                more accuracy. It will go to within inches of where the terrorist
                          no doubt that with time the ASA will be listed among the first              wants it to go. And it will go boom. None of us want that.
                          academic associations to stand against inhuman, racist, violent
                          Israeli internal and foreign policy. We can only hope that in time          'THINK DIFFERENT'. Start to make peace your goal. If all the
                          Israeli policy will shift and there may be some true change in Israel       good people in Israel change their course and seriously think
                          and Palestine-- the status quo is unacceptable, inhuman, and                about how they can make peace work, well, we will have a lot
                          unbearable, and the ASA should only be lauded for rejecting it.             more chance of having it. There will be a lot more good will.
                          Criticism of Israeli policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians is NOT anti-         There are pictures from the early 1900's of wonderful old
                          Semitic, it is criticism of a country's racist policies and violent force   Jewish and Muslim men walking down the street arm in arm,
                          against another, deeply oppressed, nation. And a closer look of what        best friends. We all need to reinvent these days. Quickly. Just
                          this endorsement of the boycott means will show that it does not            thinking about how we might do this will get the ball rolling.
                          exclude Israeli scholars from academic circles, these scholars can still    Synergy. Lots of minds thinking, honestly, about the same
                          be invited to US institutions (among others). Please attempt to fully       problems makes the problems get solved a lot faster and more
                          understand before judging! My heartfelt thanks go out to the ASA,           efficiently. Let's make that our goal. If all the good people in
                          but even greater is the import of this decision for humanity's present      Israel and Palestine, thinking together, aided by people around
                          and future. The deep resonating and resounding knowledge that this          the world, honestly think about this, an answer will emerge. And
                          decision is on the side of humanitarianism and justice is more of a         won't that be a fine thing.
                          comfort than any number of expressions of gratitude, and soars
                          above the cruel and hollow accusations of anti-Semitism.                    If not, Eretz Everywhere will be toasted.
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                          Sunaina Maira http://www.usacbi.org/.../usacbi-congratulates-               Richard Murray A thought: The Holy Land.
                          the.../                                                                     Right now there is a tremendous amount of fear in the Holy
                          Like · Reply · 5 · December 17 at 12:22am                                   Land, and unease. Tension. Brittle human people.
                                                                                                      Terrible suffering for the Palestinians.
                          David Lublin I study American politics and this is a disgrace on            Terrible gut churning and guilt for the first-class citizens of
                          several different levels--the odd focus on the Jewish polity, the           Israel, and lots of suppression of their own feelings and
                          call to limit on academic freedom, and the self-importance to think         humanity. Not healthy at all.
                          that ASA should do this.                                                    We could look at it as a hopeless mess, but let’s not.
                          Like · Reply · 5 · December 16 at 5:01pm                                    The Holy Land is a gem, a jewel.
                                                                                                      Let’s turn it and look at it in a new way.
                          Richard Becker http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/schooling-the-
                                                                                                      Maybe this is a challenge for us all. A challenge that God is
                          asa-on.../
                                                                                                      observing with great interest.
                          Like · Reply · 5 · December 16 at 1:01pm                                    If we can figure out the problems of the Holy Land, we can
                               David Lerner Right on Richard!                                         figure out any problem on earth.
                                                                                                      But the ONLY way that we’re going to figure out the problems
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                                                                                                      of the Holy Land is if all people genuinely have a goal of peace.
                               Don Leonard Yes, lookie you two, hoping that technicalities            It begins with a true desire, a true wish. For peace. Not for
                               in law will stop the inevitable.                                       victory. For something far greater than that in this age: Imagine
                                                                                                      peace. Imagine,
                               More and more Jewish people speak out every day, just like             Palestinian and Jewish children playing together. In one
                               Deborah has done, in order to state the fact that fascist Zionism      generation, or less, the communities could be in total harmony.
                               has nothing at all to do with Judaism.                                 Imagine.
                                                                                                      The pictures from the early 1900’s when old Jewish and
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded...                Palestinian men walked down the street arm in arm, dear
                               Like · 21 hours ago                                                    friends.
                                                                                                      Imagine integrated neighborhoods and towns. (This might be
                                 Write a reply...                                                     the only way of keeping terrorists from doing terrible new
                                                                                                      things when they get their own drones.)
                                                                                                      Menorahs and minarets. The root and center of both words is
                          Cynthia Franklin http://electronicintifada.net/.../asa-decision-            ‘light’.
                          boycott...                                                                  A synagogue beside a mosque.
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 17 at 2:07am                                    The entire world would want to contribute to that.
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                          Cynthia Franklin http://www.nytimes.com/.../scholars-group-                       streaming to Yerushalaim. To celebrate.
                          endorses-an...&
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 17 at 2:03am                                          THINK DIFFERENT.

                               Cynthia Franklin it is exciting to see this vote on the cover
                                                                                                            The Arab Spring has begun, despite the spasms. Who would
                               of the NYT. truly a historic moment in advancing academic
                                                                                                            have thought? Who could have predicted?
                               freedom in the US by opening up a space to speak critically of
                               israel while also standing in solidarity w/those israelis and
                                                                                                            It’s important for Humanity right now. This time. It’s special.
                               palestinians calling for academic boycott as a means towards
                                                                                                            This is the favorable hour.
                               freedom and democracy for all people.
                               Like · 3 · December 17 at 2:10am                                             THINK DIFFERENT.
                               Paul Lichter Cynthia, if only you had a clue. You are
                               incredibly out of touch with the truth.                                      Or Y.our children are toast.
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                                                                                                            Moses begs us in the Torah: Choose Life.
                               Michael Shapiro No, not advancing academic freedom. I'll
                               do my little part when my university calls with their end of the             So let’s choose it.
                               year fund raising drive. My response will be that, as long as they
                               associate with ASA, they will not get a penny more of my                     THINK DIFFERENT.
                               money.                                                                       Like · December 13 at 3:06am
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                                                                                                            Richard Murray http://gulfnews.com/.../india-and-
                                 Write a reply...                                                           pakistan-agree...
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                          Cynthia Franklin http://www.usacbi.org/.../usacbi-                                ‫" פביאן גלגובסקי‬And the Likud and other far-right folks
                          congratulates-american.../                                                        like Avigdor Lieberman are making more and more enemies"
                                                                                                            You simply don't care who is the person who you are
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                                                                                                            boycotting. Who told you that I vote Likud or Yisrael Beyteinu?
                          Matthew Birds Song Thank you so much! Congratulations to all                      It is enough that I am an Israeli Jew in Academia for you to
                          of those who have worked tirelessly in support of BDS in the ASA!                 boycott me. That is called RACISM.
                          What an incredible statement in support of justice and equality for all           Like · 2 · December 13 at 3:57am · Edited
                          peoples!
                                                                                                            Aaron Bitterman Richard murray, you do not love the
                          As far as academic freedom: this is an incredible statement in                    Jewish people. If you did you would read about the Holocaust --
                          support of academic freedom! Whereas some people state that this                  70 years removed. What the ASA is doing is what was done to
                          impinges upon the academic freedom of Israelis who are studying at                Jews leading up to genocide.
                          Israeli state universities, such a stance neglects the material reality of        Like · December 13 at 10:30am
                          today and the myriad ways in which the occupation and the NAKBA
                          have inhibited the academic freedom of millions of Palestinians.                    Write a reply...

                          As such, the boycott of Israel until Israel complies with international
                                                                                                       Mark Rice Former ASA president, Shelley Fisher Fishkin on why
                          law - and the statement of solidarity and support for Palestinians - is
                                                                                                       she opposes an academic boycott of Israel.
                          a recognition of the material reality faced by millions of Palestinians
                                                                                                       http://www.telospress.com/opposing-the-israel-boycott-by.../
                          in exile and under occupation, and therefore is a statement of
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                          support for JUSTICE, under which conditions all people will be able to
                          enjoy academic freedom.                                                      J Kēhaulani Kauanui http://www.usacbi.org/.../in-response-to-
                                                                                                       aaups-letter-to.../
                          Boycott Israel until Palestine is free! You, the Association for Asian       Like · Reply · 2 · December 13 at 2:21pm
                          American Studies, and the Native American Studies Association have
                          established a new precedent, and may others follow your lead. Thank          J Kēhaulani Kauanui
                          you!                                                                         http://www.bricup.org.uk/.../archive/BRICUPNewsletter71.pdf
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                          Jennifer Lunos Dennen ASA, thank you from the bottom of my                   Charles Neuman Academics who truly believe in academic
                          Texas girl heart. It was the right call. Very well done. God bless.          freedom do not boycott academic institutions. Imagine if
                          Jenn                                                                         countries that suffer because of US oppression boycotted our
                          Like · Reply ·   9 · December 16 at 11:30am via mobile                       academic institutions? How would we react? Academics should
                                                                                                       engage other academics and have open discussion, not cut each
                               Aaron Bitterman G-d is not on your side! A boycott of the               other off because of their governments' policies.
                               Jewish people? Hitler died in 1945. The Jewish people are               Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 10:14pm
                               still here. History is our master teacher. You should crack open
                               a history book.                                                         Susan Silverman http://www.tabletmag.com/.../the-american-
                               Like · 6 · December 16 at 3:42pm · Edited                               studies...
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                               Ariella Butler Yeah you are not a representative sample of
                               Texans, Thank God. I am a Texan too! Most of us support                 Kenneth Allen Kaplan The support for a one-state Palestinian
                               Israel.                                                                 "solution" really speaks volumes about what the ASA has become,
                               Like · 8 · December 16 at 3:42pm                                        doesn't it?
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                               Joy Johnson-Sehl Jennifer, do you have a brain in that
                               blond Texas head of yours?                                              Ellen H. Ullman Do you have a link showing from where your
                               Like · 1 · December 17 at 12:46am                                       organization receives major donations?
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                                                                                                       Jill Cunniff Any ASA boycotts of Russian Academic Institutions
                                                                                                       due to persecution of gays and lesbians? Not to mention the way
                          Laith Shakir The ASA will stand on the right side history. Thank             they treat their orphans.. Talk about human rights violations..
                          you for taking measures to stop the widespread atrocities being              Like · Reply · 2 · December 18 at 9:39am
                          committed against millions of Palestinians every day!
                                                                                                       Natalie Blacher Good article in Newsday:
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                                                                                                       http://www.newsday.com/.../young-hypocrisy-of-boycott...
                          Mark Thomas Fantastic news! Keep up the great work and don't                 Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 7:48am
                          be dissuaded by the deluge of pro-Israel propaganda flooding in.
                          Boycott is the only morally defensible position and the best chance at       Eric Savage When can we assemble for the book burnings?
                          achieving change. Stay strong on the right side of history!                  Like · Reply ·   2 · December 17 at 7:39am via mobile
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                                                                                                       ‫ שלמה פרנקל‬Please let me qoute Noam Chomski who said that
                          Felice Gelman Congratulations on being among the first US                    a Boycott targeting Israel alone is “hypocrisy [that] rises to
                          academic organizations to recognize that scholars can and must               heaven,” He also has stated that anything that targets Israel alone
                          take action to end modern colonialism. If some of the negative               can be attacked as antisemitizm and "unfortunately this is with
                          commentators on your page had ever actually visited the West Bank            justice". Precise description of your decision. A very common mixture
                          or Gaza -- as I have -- and seen the severe conditions imposed on            of hypocrisy and antisemitizm.
                          Palestinian universities by Israeli occupation, or, had they                 Like · Reply · 3 · December 17 at 2:59am · Edited
                          investigated the role of Israeli academics and universities in
                                                                                                       David M. Zinder Your organization is no different from the Arab
                          maintaining that occupation and discriminating against Palestinian
                                                                                                       countries that for years imposed a boycott of Israel. You are
                          Israeli students,their comments would have a different flavor.
                                                                                                       critical of Israel. Why arn't you critical of the Palestinians who in
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                                                                                                       1998 were offered a peace deal that would have given them 90% of
                          David Goldberg Boycotting Israeli universities: A victory for                what they wanted but Arafat rejected it at the last minute. Why don't
                          bigotry                                                                      you boycott the Palstinians in Gaza who send thousands of missiles
                          Singling out Israelis for an academic boycott is not only a blatant          into Israel. Why don't you boycott those Arab nations who denied
                          example of double standards; it is an act of complicity with the             the Palestinians a homeland which was granted by the 1948 United
                          enduring prejudice against Jews.                                             Nations which voted to establish two states one Israeli and one
                          By Alan M. Dershowitz | 00:19 17.12.13 | 88                                  Palestinian. Instead the arab countries attacked Israel vowing to
                                                                                                       push the Jews into the sea. The Arab countries having lost the 48




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                          The American Studies Association has just issued its first ever call for   war also took the land that hand been promised to the Palestinians.
                          an academic boycott. No, it wasn’t against China, which imprisons          You call yourself scholars yet you reject the truth that it is the Arab
                          dissenting academics. It wasn’t against Iran which executes                countries who have kept the Palestinians in squalor by refusing to
                          dissenting academics. It wasn’t against Russia whose universities fire     permit them to assimilate into their societies like every other refugee
                          dissenting academics. It wasn’t against Cuba whose universities have       groups in history. Look at the Vietnamise refugees who were moved
                          no dissenting academics. It wasn’t against Saudi Arabia, whose             from Thailand refugee camps to France and the U.S. Instead the
                          academic institutions refuse to hire women, gay or Christian               Arabs have keep the Palestinians in camps in Lebanon, Syria and
                          academics. Nor was it against the Palestinian Authority, whose             Jordan for over 60 years. I don't expect a reply because you could
                          colleges refuse to allow open discourse regarding the Israeli-             never give a sound factually and historically based logical argument
                          Palestinian conflict. No, it was against only academic institutions in     that would provide support your vote. Hitler slaughtered 6 million
                          the Jewish State of Israel, whose universities have affirmative action     Jews simply because they were Jews. 300 million Arabs surround
                          programs for Palestinian students and who boast a higher level of          Israel and left to their own devices would slaughter those Jews living
                          academic freedom than almost any country in the world.                     in Israel also. Your organization has lost any and all credibility by its
                                                                                                     refusal to objectively review the facts and its decision to put its nose
                          When the association was considering this boycott I issued a               in a debate it has no place being. You are the american studies
                          challenge to its members, many of whom are historians. I asked             association so keep yourself focused on America.
                          them to name a single country in the history of the world faced with       Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 8:51pm
                          threats comparable to those Israel faces that has had a better record
                                                                                                     Will Thomas NH Veterans for Peace is proud to support ASA's
                          of human rights, a higher degree of compliance with the rule of law,
                                                                                                     academic boycott of Israel. As part of BDS Movement, this will
                          a more demanding judiciary, more concern for the lives of enemy
                                                                                                     help, we hope, to bring equality, fairness, and justice and security for
                          civilians, or more freedom to criticize the government, than the State
                                                                                                     all involved. NH VFP supports human rights for everyone.
                          of Israel.
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                          Not a single member of the association came up with a name of a            Nealhugh Hurwitz It is also said we have a special interest in
                          single country. That is because there are none. Israel is not perfect,     Israel (which I do, strongly) so the boycott is OK against Israel
                          but neither is any other country, and Israel is far better than most. If   and not say, China (where we do not have a special interest???)...
                          an academic group chooses to engage in the unacademic exercise of          on account of US $ to Israel which matches the $ to Egypt! So why
                          boycotting the academic institutions of another country, it should do      not Egypt??? Did they kill many people there recently, etc. I am not
                          it in order of the seriousness of the human rights violations and of       "hostile"--- I am simply kinda appalled that ASA leadership can do
                          the inability of those within the country to seek redress against those    this at all... and it makes no sense IMO on account of the terrible
                          violations.                                                                public relations involved... Neal H. Hurwitz, NY NY former Columbia U
                                                                                                     faculty, etc. Tell me pls: 212-222-9112.
                          By these standards, Israeli academic institutions should be among
                                                                                                     Like · Reply · 2 · December 14 at 5:58am
                          the last to be boycotted.
                                                                                                     Nealhugh Hurwitz "the academic boycott of Israel--from all
                          I myself disagree with Israel’s settlement policy and have long urged      sides of the issues involved." What does "from all sides of the
                          an end to the occupation. But Israel offered to end the occupation         issues involved mean"... I find it hard to believe that you voted to
                          twice in the last 13 years. They did so in 2000-2001 when Prime            boycott Israel only, and not about a dozen or more other countries
                          Minister Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians a state on approximately      violating all sorts of human rights and international laws, incl our
                          95% of the occupied territories. Then it did so again in 2008 when         own dear USA...
                          former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered an even more generous            Like · Reply · 3 · December 14 at 5:54am
                          deal. The Palestinians accepted neither offer and certainly share the
                          blame for the continuing occupation. Efforts are apparently underway       Damian M Wilhelm "The organization voted to boycott Israel.
                          once again to try to end the occupation, as peace talks continue. The      Here’s who they’re not boycotting."
                          Palestinian Authority's President Mahmoud Abbas himself opposes
                          academic boycotts of Israeli institutions.                                 http://www.tabletmag.com/.../the-american-studies...
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                          China occupies Tibet, Russia occupies Chechnya and several other
                          countries occupy Kurdish lands. In those cases no offers have been         Divest This In case you're tired of reading the same Electronic
                          made to end the occupation. Yet no boycotts have been directed             Intifada pieces ASA keeps sending you, some additional thoughts
                          against the academic institutions of those occupying countries.            on the boycott vote currently underway:
                                                                                                     http://cifwatch.com/.../proposed-asa-boycott-of-israeli.../
                          When the President of the American Studies Association, Curtis             Like · Reply · 1 · December 15 at 11:07am
                          Marez, an associate professor of ethnic studies at The University of
                                                                                                     Jack Gilden You can see in the hands of some of the ASA
                          California, was advised that many nations, including all of Israel’s
                                                                                                     membership and supporters, words have no meaning. They claim
                          neighbors, behave far worse than Israel, he responded, “One has to
                                                                                                     that referring to someone as 'anti-Semitic' is intrinsically wrong, as
                          start somewhere.” This boycott, however, has not only started with
                                                                                                     though that truth is an impossibility or an invention of devious and
                          Israel. It will end with Israel. Marez’s absurd comment reminds me
                                                                                                     hysterical Jews. For an example of this, please read the writings
                          of the bigoted response made by Harvard’s notorious anti-Semitic
                                                                                                     below of Peter Lake. Also, attempting to separate Jews from Zionists
                          president A. Laurence Lowell, when he imposed anti-Jewish quotas
                                                                                                     is a tactic of this crowd. The implication is that there is something
                          near the beginning of the twentieth century. When asked why he
                                                                                                     wrong with the zionist movement or that it is somehow a world evil.
                          singled out Jews for quotas, he replied, “Jews cheat.” When the
                                                                                                     Every Jew is connected to zionism because Israel is the homeland of
                          great Judge Learned Hand reminded him that Christians cheat too,
                                                                                                     the Jewish nation, a sad and inconvenient fact for today's anti-
                          Lowell responded, “You’re changing the subject. We are talking
                                                                                                     Semites, backed up history, science and archaeology. Israel and Jews
                          about Jews now.”
                                                                                                     everywhere will survive this attack by the ASA as they have survived
                                                                                                     every attack for thousands of years. The reputation of this
                          You would think that historians and others who belong to the
                                                                                                     organization and its voters' souls should be so lucky.
                          American Studies Association would understand that in light of the
                          history of discrimination against Jews, you can’t just pick the Jewish     Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 1:09pm
                          State and Jewish universities as the place to “start” and stop.            Henry Max Goodelman https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
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                          individual Israeli professors, but only the universities at which they
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                          teach. That is a nonsensical word game, since no self-respecting
                          Israeli professor would associate with an organization that singled        Jack Gilden No sense going on and on, the sad fact is that this
                          out Israeli colleges and universities for a boycott. Indeed, no self-      vote really just boils down to a rank anti-Semitism. Those of us
                          respecting American professor should in any way support the bigoted        who have been around long enough already know through hard
                          actions of this association.                                               experience what it smells like. At least the ASA is willing to make
                                                                                                     their shame public, signing their names to it, rather than hiding it all
                          Several years ago, when a similar boycott was being considered, a          under white sheets as others of their ilk do.
                          group of American academics circulated a counter-petition drafted by       Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 12:22pm
                          Nobel Prize Physicist Steven Weinberg and I that read as follows:
                                                                                                     Ariella Butler Let's just decide to dismiss what Hamas is doing
                          "We are academics, scholars, researchers and professionals of              to their own people. Just one of many many examples.
                          differing religious and political perspectives. We all agree that          http://users4.jabry.com/plogaza/body.asp?field=tech_news...
                          singling out Israelis for an academic boycott is wrong. To show our        Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 4:33am
                          solidarity with our Israeli academics in this matter, we, the
                          undersigned, hereby declare ourselves to be Israeli academics for               Ariella Butler There are thousands of such reports btw.
                          purposes of any academic boycott. We will regard ourselves as Israeli           https://www.facebook.com/hm.gazzah?ref=profile
                          academics and decline to participate in any activity from which Israeli         Like · 2 · December 17 at 4:33am
                          academics are excluded. "
                                                                                                          Ariella Butler Also dismiss that Jews are not going to be
                                                                                                          allowed in any state of Palestine. But that is not Apartheid.
                          More than 10,000 academics signed this petition including many
                                                                                                          nooo. not at all
                          Nobel Prize winners, presidents of universities and leading scholars
                          from around the world.                                                          Like · 4 · December 17 at 4:34am

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                          Shame on those members of the American Studies Association for
                          singling out the Jew among nations. Shame on them for applying a
                          double standard to Jewish universities. Israeli academic institutions      Ariella Butler It has become abundantly clear to me that the
                          are strong enough to survive this exercise in bigotry. The real            ASA is now nothing more than another Political Action Committee.
                          question is will this association survive its complicity with the oldest   This is not the way academics treat one another. Period. There is
                          and most enduring prejudice?                                               absolutely no intellectual honesty being upheld by the leaders. You
                                                                                                     have left your 5013c in the dust, and traded it for lollipop in the
                          Alan M. Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at              streets while you watch the Fogel family being massacred in cold




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                          Harvard, is a practicing criminal and constitutional lawyer and the       blood. This wreaks of Hebron, 1929.
                          author, most recently, of The Trials of Zion. His autobiography,
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 4:14am
                          “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law”, was published in October
                          2013.                                                                     Ariella Butler Press Report. http://nymag.com/.../american-
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 18 at 1:31pm                                  studies-scholars-now-israel...
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 9:48pm
                          Jill Cunniff One of the founders of the BDS movement attended
                          tel aviv university. Google it or go to Wikipedia . Omar Boughati.        Steven Morgen "George Orwell said, "In a time of universal
                          And Mr. Hawking - im pretty sure Israeli technology is helping to         deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
                          keep you alive . And Mr. Waters of Pink Floyd, glad you can use the       Based on his personal experiences, Meshoe refuses to accept the
                          BDS movement to revive your career. But seriously dude , you're the       apartheid designation. To him, the term apartheid makes a mockery
                          one on the dark side of the moon.                                         of a grievous injustice to the citizens of South Africa and threatens to
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 18 at 9:41am via mobile · Edited              undermine the true meaning of the term. Instead he describes Israel
                                                                                                    as a miracle surviving hatred from all those around her."
                          Jill Cunniff Israeli drs, engineers technological and innovative          http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/.../myth-of-apartheid-israel...
                          researchers as well as any medical researcher who find cures ,
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 6:10pm
                          etc) should boycott any member of the ASA who voted in favor of
                          the BDS boycott. You have a disease that an Israeli dr developed the      Steven Morgen http://www.bloomberg.com/.../some-lessons-in-
                          cure for? Well you're SOL , let Israel boycott them! Give those losers    effective...
                          a taste of their own medicine. Who needs the ASA anyway ? Who             Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 5:15pm
                          even heard of them before their boycott ?
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 18 at 8:24am via mobile · Edited              Jeffrey Altman anti-academic, anti-open mindedness, and
                                                                                                    blatant ignorance about the complex history of the region and
                          Adva Goldshmidt It is a real shame that such decisions are                honest look at all sides of the issue. But of course when one issues
                          made without looking at the real state of things. The real state is       bogus edicts like this calling for academic boycott, why would they
                          that in Haifa University for example 20% of the students are Arabs.       really care about the situation.
                          They have full rights and can speak their mind just as much as the        Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 12:19pm
                          Jewish students. Freedom of speech is not prevented of them. In
                          fact, just recently Haifa university added its name in Arabic in all      Alan Tafler Is the Elders of Zion required reading now for
                          formal documents and on its symbol. Preventing proper                     incoming freshman?
                          representation? I don't think so.                                         Like · Reply · 2 · December 14 at 7:59pm
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 17 at 12:34pm
                                                                                                    Cynthia Franklin Posting, with permission, this statement from
                               Maksim Tabachnik Lady, i think you are drunk...                      Mark Rifkin, that he delivered Sat., Nov. 23 at the open ASA
                               There are 20% Jewish students in the Haifa University...             meeting:
                               Like · December 17 at 12:36pm
                                                                                                    We understand that there's a relation between universities and
                               Adva Goldshmidt It does seem that way most of the                    states.
                               time...
                               Like · 1 · December 17 at 12:37pm                                    We understand that to do nothing in the face of state violence,
                                                                                                    institutionalized racism, and ongoing settler colonial dispossession is
                                 Write a reply...                                                   to be complicit with it (especially given the role of US support of
                                                                                                    Israel).

                          Trish Smells Flowers Walking the Talk...Bravo!                            If Indigenous peoples on lands claimed by the US called for a BDS
                          Like · Reply ·   3 · December 17 at 1:53am                                movement against the US, I would support it.
                                                                                                    If Indigenous peoples on lands claimed by Canada called for a BDS
                          Mayer Steinman Shame on you. You have now proven yourself                 movement against Canada, I would support it.
                          as an irrelevant and anti-semitic organization. Arabs in Israeli          If Indigenous peoples on lands claimed by Australia called for a BDS
                          universities will be taking advantage of the innovations and creativity   movement, I would support it.
                          of Israeli scholars while your organization crumbles.                     If Indigenous peoples on lands claimed by New Zealand called for a
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 17 at 1:46am                                  BDS movement, I would support it.
                          Kenneth Cohen They will deny that this is antisemitism and will
                                                                                                    As a Jew, as a person whose people have been subjected to
                          no doubt trot out a few self hating Jews to "prove" it.
                                                                                                    genocide, as a white settler in a settler-state, as a person committed
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 8:47pm via mobile
                                                                                                    to Indigenous self-determination and anti-racist justice, I cannot
                          Ilan Nagar Yahav i am calling to all the members of this                  countenance the racism, colonialism, immiseration, and death that
                          association to leave this association if you don't support this           continues to be produced by Zionism.
                          decision.
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 16 at 8:16pm                                  For these reasons, I support this scholarly association doing its part
                                                                                                    to make visible the violence of the Israeli state, to condemn it, and to
                          Adam Hyman Letter from 8 former ASA presidents (dated                     contribute to ending the Israeli state's ongoing projects of racial and
                          12/11/13) on why they oppose an academic boycott of Israel.               colonial domination.

                          http://www.scribd.com/.../American-Studies-Association...                 Mark Rifkin
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 16 at 7:28pm                                  Associate Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies
                                                                                                    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
                          Marcel M. Pfister What a complete disgrace for the American               Like · Reply · 5 · December 12 at 12:44pm · Edited
                          Studies Association. You allow ourself to be direct by cheap anti-
                          Iraeli and anti-Semitic propaganda. Shame on you from Costa Rica.              Aaron Bitterman A Jew for anti-Semitism -- how lovely.
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 7:23pm                                       There is a long tradition of this in the Jewish community.
                                                                                                         Mark Rifkin speaks for no Jews -- only for himself, an academic
                          Salvador Rovero ZIONISM=The idea that the Jewish people                        who is also pro-racism.
                          deserve a homeland. To be free to live in peace and security. Just             Like · 2 · December 13 at 9:36am
                          like Arabs , Chinese and Russians have. Let me ask you, do
                          Americans deserve a homeland too? To believe that its only the                 Aaron Bitterman Despite the obstacles of the Holocaust
                          JEWS that don't deserve their own homeland is blatant racism.                  and the displacement from Arab lands, less than 10 years after
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 16 at 7:09pm                                       the massacre of 1/3 of the Jewish population, Jews formed the
                                                                                                         state of Israel. A triumph -- a miracle -- a necessity for their
                          Avi Nahir I'm sorry but I'm left with no choice but to retaliate. I'll         survival.
                          have to boycott the American Studies Association!                              Like · 1 · December 13 at 9:37am
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 16 at 5:55pm
                                                                                                         Nealhugh Hurwitz Mark--- hard to believe that you can
                          Kenneth Cohen If you check the website of this group - the                     write: "I cannot countenance the racism, colonialism,
                          comments section has ONLY comments that support the                            immiseration, and death that continues to be produced by
                          resolution. Support of it is expressed in vile terms, which have little        Zionism." When have you been there??? You know not.
                          semblance to reality. There was dissent from the resolution but none           Thanks, Neal.
                          is posted on the website. I cannot help but suspect that the site is           Like · 1 · December 16 at 10:56am
                          being controlled and that there is censorship. Is this academic
                          freedom or Stalinism?                                                            Write a reply...
                          http://www.theasa.net/.../council_statement_on_the.../
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 5:14pm via mobile                       Ellen Stepak Have you people even set foot in Israel? Have you
                                                                                                    visited the Israeli universities, which have a high percentage of
                          James Leonard Sub ASA board for Arab here and the shoe fits.A             Arab students? Do you even care, or have you made up your mind
                          short time ago, Arabian speeches at the U.N. urged the Arab               on the basis of propaganda you hear from one, anti-Semitic side. No
                          World to boycott everything that originates with the Jewish people.       country is perfect, neither is Israel, but there are a few other such
                          In                                                                        places, including the US.
                          response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of        Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 2:52pm
                          his
                          heart, offers to assist them in their boycott as follows:                 David M. Snyder I guess "mission accomplished" now many
                                                                                                    more people know that your organization exists.
                          "Any Arab who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan                 Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 9:45am via mobile
                          discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out
                          whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discover       William Stroock Of all the nations in all the world, the ASA
                          y of                                                                      choses to attack the Jewish State. I wonder why?
                          a Jew. If an Arab suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek        Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 10:46pm




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                          diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named
                                                                                                      Joe DesBarres This ASA is at best misguided and at worst just
                          Neissner.
                                                                                                      another variant of anti-semitism. Has ASA condemned China,
                                                                                                      Saudi Arabia, Bahrain? Of course not, it simply wants to be on the
                          An Arab who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery
                                                                                                      anti-Israeli bandwagon!
                          by a Jew, Ludwig Traube. Should he suffer with a toothache, he must
                          not                                                                         Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 12:31pm via mobile
                          use Cocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil. If an Arab has        Andrew Dougherty It's this sort of nonsense that compels me,
                          Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by                the goyest of the goys to want to join the IDF
                          Minkowsky,
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 8:18am via mobile
                          a Jew. If an Arab has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and
                          Antypyrin,                                                                  John Boland Let's see, you poseurs (that's not "name calling,"
                          due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege. Arabs with convulsions must put          it's identification) boycott a democratic nation's academic
                          up                                                                          institutions and then object to comments expressing "hostility." This
                          wit h them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the          is almost funny. Perhaps Israeli scholars are better off without you.
                          use                                                                         Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 11:18pm
                          of Chloral Hydrate. Arabs must do likewise with their psychic
                          ailments                                                                    Stephen Grant Well done. After thousands of years it's not
                          because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew. Should an Arab          always easy to find a new way to scapegoat Jews. Fortunately, we
                          chilld get Diptheria, he must refrain from the "Schick" reaction which      have ingenious American Studies experts who are up to the task.
                          was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.                                      Naturally, they take great pride n the accomplishment and trumpet
                                                                                                      it, as well they should. After all, a scant lifetime ago the Nazis had
                          Arabs should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit           made Antisemitism so disreputable. Well done, Sirs and Madams, well
                          treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Nobel Prize winner,              done indeed.
                          Robert                                                                      Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 10:14pm
                          Baram. They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile
                          Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio va ccine is a Jew,       Nicholas Carraway Will someone from the ASA please post the
                          Jonas Salk.                                                                 names of countries, other than Israel, that they have previously
                                                                                                      boycotted.
                          Arabs must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of                Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 1:46pm
                          Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder
                                                                                                      Yoav Green This is the unspoken truth about Israel. Even not all
                          drug
                                                                                                      those who live in Israel are aware of it but this is these actions
                          against this killing disease. Arab doctors must discard all discoveries
                                                                                                      were undertaken by Israeli Soldiers.
                          and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung
                                                                                                      Argue with this!
                          specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish
                                                                                                      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
                          scientists and medical experts.
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                                                                                                      831305&type=1
                          In short, good and loyal Arabs properly and fittingly remain
                          afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches,               Like · Reply · 1 · December 15 at 6:10pm
                          Typhus,                                                                     Baruch Nutovic "University politics are so vicious precisely
                          Diabetes, Mential Disorders, Polio, Convulsions and Tuberculosis and        because the stakes are small." -Henry Kissinger.
                          be
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · 2 · December 15 at 11:12am
                          proud to obey the Islamic boycott."
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 16 at 3:22pm                                    Maher Zamel Thank you ASA. We support you whole heartedly.
                                                                                                      Like · Reply ·   1 · December 15 at 8:42am
                               Don Leonard Yes, the Nazis were very inventive as well.
                               Doesn’t change the fact they did genocide, just like Zionism           Wendy Diamond Abbas says don't boycott Israel. Guess why?
                               does now.                                                              The PA and Israel work together and there is no apartheid.
                                                                                                      http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-we-do-not-support-the.../
                               http://www.maxkeiseronfacebook.com/what-the-nazis...                   Like · Reply · 2 · December 13 at 6:49pm · Edited

                               Makes me laugh, this is the best they got , and yet they still         Jeff Lenchiner Oh, you support a CULTURAL boycott of Israeli
                               defend the Zionist terrorism.                                          Jews, too? So you aren't boycotting Hamas, Islamic Jihad,
                                                                                                      Hezbollah, Assad, extremist groups, racist countries, etc. but you are
                               Please google the word "relevance" Leonard, so you don't look          going to boycott VIOLINISTS if they are Israeli? That's "for peace
                               so stupid in the future?                                               and justice?" And not antisemitic? You can say that with a straight
                               Like · December 19 at 9:53am                                           face?
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · 2 · December 13 at 2:32pm
                                 Write a reply...
                                                                                                      American Studies Association ASA MEMBERS: While this FB
                                                                                                      page allows posts from non-ASA members, the official ASA site for
                          David Knopfler I don't feel qualified to pass layman judgement              the Caucus on Academic and Community Activism is specifically for
                          about this decision since I don't live in either Israel or the              members. Any ASA member can post there, but will need to register
                          Palestinian territories and without those kind of first hand                to join the caucus (see right hand column on that page), which
                          experiences it can be harder to see the realities on the ground. But I      entails using your ASA member info:
                          would like to say (and as someone who lost nineteen relatives in the
                          Holocaust) the notion that anyone who condemns the policies of the          http://www.theasa.net/.../academic_and_cultural_boycott.../
                          Israeli Government, is somehow masked antisemitism, is offensive            Like · Reply · December 13 at 2:20pm
                          and a not so subtle attempt at stifling debate and free speech and it
                          has McCarthy-esque overtones. NO Government should be above                 Zvi Wirschubsky When Abbas go ahead with collaborations with
                          criticism for its policies and that includes Israel. It's a preposterous    Israel , and says the he is against any boycott with Israel , you
                          weasel worded way to muscle down protest and legitimate concerns            endorse a boycott. In whose interest? not the palestinians of course,
                          and if anyone accuses me of racism for example for being completely         so whom?
                          unhappy with the endlessly right-ward political tilt of many of Israel's    Like · Reply · 1 · December 13 at 1:55pm
                          more populist politicians, whose policies and words on the ground do
                                                                                                      Howard Sculnick Please forgive me but I must use this forum to
                          indeed bear some similitude to those of apartheid, then I would
                                                                                                      ask how can possibly do what you are doing. Your education level
                          counter that they were being defamatory of me by attacking the
                                                                                                      must be at Kindergarden level. Israel is acknowledged as a world
                          messenger rather than addressing the message head on. Israel could
                                                                                                      leader in technological innovation. When human tragedy arrives in
                          again and again have made wiser choices about how to handle its
                                                                                                      the world Israel is there first to help. Why don't you do what your
                          security without resorting to totalitarian repressive tactics... but as
                                                                                                      name says you do, and that is to study. If you choose to continue
                          the chap in Dublin said when asked for directions... well I wouldn't
                                                                                                      this stupid agenda of yours you should then change your name to
                          start from here - but we are here and somehow deals with bitter pills
                                                                                                      American Morons Association . Thank you. GOD bless Israel.
                          to swallow will have to be struck because the centre hasn't held.
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · 3 · December 13 at 10:24am
                          The other point perhaps worth making about sanctions. If they are           Simon J. Bronner New Republic magazine publishes powerful
                          illegal, as some have claimed in the comments section here, then            article on ASA boycott resolution:
                          shouldn't the same standard be applied regarding the US boycottt of         http://www.newrepublic.com/.../universities-boycotting...
                          Cuba, since it's been condemned annually by the UN, 22 years in a
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · 1 · December 12 at 10:42pm via mobile
                          row, most recently by 188 Counties with only Israel voting with the
                          US on the issue. What's wrong with this picture?                            Divest This I noticed a link to a Special Open Discussion of the
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 18 at 6:48pm · Edited                           Boycott on a recent Google search for this topic. Strangely
                                                                                                      enough, it leads to a blank page on the ASA web site. Telling
                          Nadine Aly ASA STANDING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY!
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · 1 · December 12 at 6:58pm
                          FREE PALESTINE! #BDS
                          Like · Reply · 8 · December 18 at 11:07pm via mobile                        Divest This Am I correct that this Facebook page remains the
                                                                                                      one and only one ASA-maintained platform/forum where members
                          Carlos Gman Great news! I would like to give my full support to             (never mind non-members) have the ability to respond to the weeks-
                          the ASA for standing up for human rights and honoring the                   long string of pro-boycott communication that has been delivered to
                          Palestinian call to boycott Israeli institutions. You are standing on the   them from the ASA leadership?
                          right side of history and this is a great victory for all people who
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · 2 · December 12 at 1:07pm
                          believe in justice and equality for all. Know that you are not alone,
                          the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association also decided              J Kēhaulani Kauanui No, not at all. ASA members of all
                          by unanimous decision to honor the boycott on Dec 15. Civil Rights               political persuasions on the matter are welcome to post on
                          Activist Rosa Parks once said ""You must never be fearful about what             the official ASA Activism Caucus site:
                          you are doing when it is right."
                          Like · Reply · 7 · December 18 at 10:51pm                                        http://www.theasa.net/.../academic_and_cultural_boycott.../




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                                                                                                             Like · December 14 at 10:41pm
                          Jonah Pearson Incredibly proud of the ASA! A great step
                          towards justice. "I support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions                    Write a reply...
                          (BDS) campaign because, especially in our instantly connected world,
                          an injustice committed against one, or against one group of people,
                          is an injustice against all, against every one of us; a collective injury."   Diana Appelbaum National Association of Scholars: the febrile
                          http://www.theguardian.com/.../iain-banks-cultural...                         response of a faction that has lost its true sense of obligation to
                          Like · Reply · 8 · December 16 at 11:26am                                     scholarship, teaching, and the university. We hope that the members
                                                                                                        of the American Studies Association rise to the provocation by
                               Aaron Bitterman You've been indoctrinated by your                        soundly defeating the motion.
                               professors.                                                              http://www.nas.org/.../nas_opposes_american_studies...
                               Like · 4 · December 16 at 3:42pm                                         Like · Reply · 3 · December 12 at 12:37pm
                               Jonah Pearson I've done all of my research independently                      Shelley Streeby David Lloyd on the AAUP making common
                               Like · December 16 at 3:45pm                                                  cause with NAS: [The AAUP] are now joined in this by the
                                                                                                             National Association of Scholars, who have posted on their site
                               Aaron Bitterman Can you share some of your conclusions
                                                                                                             a letter opposing the boycott resolution and stating that they
                               with me?
                                                                                                             “applaud the fifty-plus ASA members, including seven past
                               Like · 3 · December 16 at 3:52pm
                                                                                                             presidents, who signed a letter opposing the boycott as an
                               Jonah Pearson Yeah, I'd love to! I've posted relevant                         infringement of academic freedom.” Members of the American
                               articles on my Facebook wall for close to a year now. There are               Studies Association should be wary of the National Association
                               good documentaries such as The Law in These Parts, With God                   of Scholars, better known by its suggestive acronym, the NAS.
                               on Our Side, 5 Broken Cameras (just gained Palestine's first                  During the “culture wars” of the 1980s and 1990s, it was the
                               Emmy), Tears of Gaza, etc. A couple of good recent books                      NAS that led the assault on multiculturalism and on the effort
                               include Ben White's "Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide" and               by students and faculty to desegregate US campuses and end
                               Max Blumenthal's "Goliath". Visualizing Palestine is also a great             “apartheid on campus”. Echoes of those battles are still
                               organization creating educational infographics. The peace and                 readable on their website via its tab on “Western Civilization”
                               justice movement isn't anti-Israel, it is about creating pressure             and it is no wonder that they cast the current work of American
                               for the Israeli state to end systematic Apartheid and the                     Studies, with its crucial legacy of anti-racist scholarship and
                               Occupation.                                                                   critiques of US imperialism, as spelling “the enervation of the
                               Like · 3 · December 16 at 4:17pm                                              discipline”. Members of the NAS were among the most active in
                                                                                                             pushing for the denial of tenure to scholars of color in the 1990s
                               Aaron Bitterman Mr. Pearson, how is Israel "apartheid" if                     when the push-back against affirmative action began under the
                               Palestinians are given the right to vote, run for office, and full            threadbare cover of “civil rights initiatives.” Since then, with
                               citizenship?                                                                  rather more sinister import, the NAS has become an important
                               Like · 4 · December 16 at 4:30pm · Edited                                     conduit for the normalization and sanitization of Islamophobia,
                                                                                                             its defense of “Western Civilization” spilling over into its battery
                               Jonah Pearson That only applies to the just over 1 million                    of postings on “Islamic Extremism”.
                               Palestinian citizens. There are over 3 million Palestinians in the
                               Occupied Territories and over 5 million Palestine refugees,                   The NAS’s claim to be an organization that seeks “to foster
                               denied the right of return, forming the largest refugee                       intellectual freedom and to sustain the tradition of reasoned
                               population in the world. The Palestinians with citizenship are                scholarship and civil debate” aligns with the AAUP’s surprisingly
                               second class citizens, subjected to discriminatory laws, have you             vigorous campaign against the current boycott resolution in the
                               heard of the prawer plan? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?                     name of academic freedom, a campaign that finds it in very
                               v=uGOY3Fs4I1I) the Palestinian Bedouins living in these                       partisan and proactive alliance with Zionist lobby groups. The
                               "unrecognized" villages have citizenship                                      ASA, however, does not need instruction on academic freedom
                               Like · 2 · December 16 at 4:38pm                                              from such organizations. Its members have learnt and taught
                                                                                                             that every substantial advance in real and material freedom for
                               Aaron Bitterman I would dispute your claim that it is the
                                                                                                             people subject to racism, colonization and discrimination has
                               largest refugee population in the world. Since 1933, Jews have
                                                                                                             come through intellectual analysis that finds expression in
                               been uprooted from Europe and the Middle East by the millions.
                                                                                                             practice and in the alliance with social movements working for
                               850,000 Jews have become refugees as a result of Middle East
                                                                                                             justice. No more than political freedom is academic freedom the
                               policies directly discriminatory towards them. Add to this
                                                                                                             private possession of the privileged. It has meaning only if it is
                               number the Jewish refugees from Europe as a result of the
                                                                                                             translated into action and only if we are not afraid to translate
                               Holocaust and the number is probably somewhat similar to the
                                                                                                             our understanding into collective action for justice. The present
                               5 million number you cite. Jews have been subjected to
                                                                                                             resolution in response to the call of Palestinian civil society for
                               discriminatory laws in nearly every place they have ever lived
                                                                                                             the boycott of Israeli academic institutions presents the ASA
                               for the past 2,000 years. Your conclusion is very one-sided.
                                                                                                             with such a choice and such a possibility. As the great majority
                               Like · 4 · December 16 at 5:09pm · Edited                                     of those who spoke at the open meeting affirmed, the choice
                               Jonah Pearson I completely agree that the Jewish people                       for justice has no need of the sanction of authority or the
                               have a long history of oppression and that is absolutely horrible.            approval of institutions. That has been the extraordinary and
                               However, this does not justify the ongoing oppression of the                  moving lesson of the open and democratic process that has
                               Palestinian people. Reconciliation is the only way for Israel to              been taking place within the association and that is clearly
                               truly have a long lasting sustainable security. The BDS                       having its impact well beyond the shelter of the academy"
                               movement supports this vision.                                                Like · 2 · December 12 at 4:08pm
                               Like · 2 · December 16 at 5:29pm                                              Jonathan Marks This is not a strong argument. The logic is
                               Elana Rose Starr I feel sorry for you, Jonah. You don't get                   1. Jon said x; 2. someone you disapprove of said x; 3. So you
                               it. The refugees are in Gaza because the other Arab nations                   should disapprove of Jon. Except Lloyd has said it at wearying
                               don't want them. Why don't you speak out against the                          length.
                               treatment eted out by them? Why don't you research where                      Like · 1 · December 12 at 4:49pm
                               Arafat hid the billions he stole, much of it aid money for the
                                                                                                             Richard Murray Thank you Shelley! No more Apartheid.
                               Palestinians? Where's your outrage at the murder of Christian
                                                                                                             The tide is turning.
                               Arabs for refusing to convert to Islam? There can be no
                                                                                                             Like · 1 · December 12 at 5:21pm
                               "reconciliation" until the Arabs recognize Israel's right to exist.
                               Oh, and maybe your "scholarship" should extend to the mission
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                               of the BDS, which wants the dissolution of the Jewish state, ie,
                               free of Jews.
                               Like · 4 · December 16 at 6:22pm                                         Judy Okun I guess y'all forgot the many countries in the world
                                                                                                        where women are chattel and gays are stoned. Ooops--but there
                               Jonah Pearson Thanks for commenting Elana, but your
                                                                                                        ain't no Jews there, so they don't count. You are scholars? Nope.
                               comment shows an unhealthy Islamophobia. I recognize Islamic
                                                                                                        Any number of PhDs that you carry around wont take away the fact
                               extremism is horrible and I do speak out against it, as with all
                                                                                                        that you are biased fools
                               injustices. I think you would be surprised to look at data on the
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                               issues. For example, non-muslims carried out more than 90% of
                               all terrorist attacks in America from 1980 to 2005. Islam is not a       Ian Ross L I'm confused. Based on your logic, if f you choose to
                               violent religion, violence results from misinterpretations or            boycott Israel "academically" and the founder (Omar Barghouti) of
                               oppression. Please watch this clip as it addresses most of your          the BDS Movement is enrolled at Tel Aviv University, I guess you
                               points http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/christians-of-the-holy-             should boycott Mr Barghouti...and the BDS movment as a result.
                               land/                                                                    Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 5:38pm
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                                                                                                        Anthony Galliart I support Israel.
                               Jonah Pearson Also, the BDS movement does not support
                                                                                                        Like · Reply ·   3 · December 13 at 10:27pm
                               a solution "free of Jews." I encourage you to look into what it
                               does support. It does support the equality of all Israeli citizens,      J Kēhaulani Kauanui Steven Salaita on Jonathan Marks and
                               therefore the state would have to define itself as a state of all its    David Greenburg:
                               citizens.
                               Like · 2 · December 16 at 7:05pm                                         http://mondoweiss.net/.../12/nonsense-proposing-boycott.html
                                                                                                        Like · Reply · December 15 at 12:02pm
                               Aaron Bitterman The BDS movement is known as a group
                               of anti-Semites by everyone who encounters them. Even the                     Jonathan Marks Really? I urge everyone to read the
                               Palestinian Authority has rejected a boycott of Israel!                       interview to which my tweet (referred to by Steven Salaita in
                               Like · 3 · December 16 at 9:43pm                                              the Mondoweiss piece), then judge whether I was creating a
                                                                                                             diversion by bringing up the guy that, well, Salaita had just
                               Jonah Pearson It isn't about anti-Semitism at all, otherwise                  raised over his head as a BDS trophy. Yeesh. People say I write
                               i wouldn't support it. It seems like you should check out this                hit pieces.




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                               frequently asked questions page
                                                                                                         Like · December 15 at 12:45pm
                               http://www.theasa.net/images/uploads/ASA_Boycott_FAQs.pdf,
                               and it would be great if you join the peace and justice                   Divest This Keep in mind that this is one of the tactics
                               movement!                                                                 BDSers routinely use to avoid debate (while all the time insisting
                               Like · 1 · December 16 at 11:25pm                                         that they crave it) by clearing any and all arguments against
                                                                                                         their squalid little boycott projects (including many raised here
                                 Write a reply...                                                        more than once) consist of nothing but empty charges of anti-
                                                                                                         Semitism (even from people who - like me - have never
                                                                                                         brought the issue up). While it's sad to see this kind of thing go
                          Zahava-Janet Goldwasser Shameful and sad...Guess an                            on at an undergraduate SJP meeting, I'm not sure what to make
                          abundance of intellect doesn't necessarily mean there is an                    of an organization allegedly made up of scholars using the same
                          abundance of intellectual honesty.                                             lame tactics to avoid having to defend the indefensible.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 11:33pm                                      Like · 2 · December 15 at 1:22pm
                          Ben Goldberg Disgraceful                                                       Jonathan Marks Re: Salaita's piece. ASA and Salaita
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 19 at 5:26pm                                     himself have boasted of Roger Waters's support. The only
                                                                                                         trouble is that Waters thinks there is a "Jewish lobby" in the
                          Rachel Kuykendall THANK you, ASA, from the bottom of my
                                                                                                         music industry that may be trying to kill
                          heart, for taking an INCREDIBLY brave and conscious stance on
                                                                                                         him:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/.../roger-waterss-
                          the side of justice. The racist and disingenuous commentary of the
                                                                                                         anti.../
                          opposition is clearly not a reflection of the ASA's intentions. It IS,
                                                                                                         Like · December 15 at 8:21pm
                          however, a clear continuation of the oppostition's inflammatory and
                          distracting rhetoric that was used in a spiteful attempt to delay/stop
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                          the ASA from achieving this historic BDS victory. It's rare for
                          Palestinian activists to feel empowered, but the ASA proved that it's
                          not impossible, and that strong, collective solidarity has the strength   Ben Ferreira Brilliant Decision
                          to change the course of history one step at a time. Taking a brave        My estimation of this organization has increased
                          stance on social justice is certainly NOT a departure from academic       Now let's follow up with exposing the injustice in Israel
                          freedom as some may be trying to claim, rather it is ESSENTIAL to         In a professional capacity.
                          academic freedom. Thank you thank you thank you for your time,            Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 12:34pm via mobile
                          your effort, and your dedication to ensuring that the world of
                          academics is not devoid of social activism. Thank you!                    Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 19 at 10:36am                                 http://www.theonion.com/.../worldwide-jewish-conspiracy.../
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · December 12 at 11:56pm
                          Charles Neuman Academics who truly believe in academic
                          freedom do not boycott academic institutions. Imagine if                  Lena Ibrahim Thank you ASA for taking an incredibly brave and
                          countries that suffer because of US oppression boycotted our              conscious stance on the side of justice. History will honor you and
                          academic institutions? How would we react? Academics should               will shame those who hoped to keep you away from this moral
                          engage other academics and have open discussion, not cut each             responsibility. You have inspired me as a student as well as
                          other off because of their governments' policies.                         thousands of human right student activists all around the country.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 10:15pm                                 Thank you thank you thank you for doing what is not only right- but
                                                                                                    an academic duty in times and places of really disturbing injustice.
                          Alan Tafler The ASA makes the term "Educators" seem like an               Academia cannot be devoid of social activism- THANK YOU for your
                          oxymoron!                                                                 bravery!
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                          Gilad Skolnick How many votes have you had regarding                      Divest This http://hnn.us/blog/153201
                          academic boycotts of totalitarian regimes & non democracies such
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · December 15 at 9:35am
                          as Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, and Cuba? Or do you think that Israel is
                          more worthy of boycott than in a country where women are not              Divest This An additional perspective you are not likely to get in
                          allowed to drive, non Muslims are not allowed to pray, stoning            whatever ASA communication arrives today:
                          someone to death is perfectly acceptable, etc?                            Like · Reply · December 15 at 9:35am
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                                                                                                    Avraham Rosenblum ASA: In your world of "moral equivalence"
                               Don Leonard SA is an American puppet so it is                        you are name calling and you are hostile. If your underlying
                               untouchable.                                                         motives weren't so blatant maybe there would be hope for you all.
                                                                                                    Ultimately history is on our side. Jewish brothers and sisters: Let's
                               Iran has done nothing wrong, yet has suffered embargoes ever         eat!
                               since it deposed the American puppet called the Shah of Iran.        Like · Reply · December 19 at 10:48am

                               China does nothing nearly as bad as we Americans do, with our        Aviva Roth Sucher http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-
                               imperialism, and its collateral murder of million + Muslims          1.563920
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                               All Cuba did was kick out our profiteers and take back their
                               country.. And even though every member of the UN has voted           Neill Le Roux To all of those protesting the ASA decision:
                               to put a stop to the embargoes on Cuba for over the last 20          "It may not be the decision itself that causes the greatest fallout,
                               years, excepting the USA and Israel, we still punish them for        but its aftermath. Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of Israel will
                               wanting independence from the corporate whores that own us.          surely and understandably protest the decision and possibly launch
                                                                                                    their own “counteroffensive” against the ASA and its members.
                               Use head before mouth please.                                        American campuses could turn into an arena for thrashing out not
                                                                                                    only the issue of boycott but the pros and cons of Israel and its
                               Like · 21 hours ago
                                                                                                    occupation of Palestinian territories. Such a clash is sure to generate
                                 Write a reply...                                                   the kind of publicity that would spread news of the boycott far and
                                                                                                    wide.

                          Rishy Savin Why don't you go burn books like they did in                  It’s the kind of publicity that Israel can do without. It the kind of
                          Germany too while you're at it?                                           melee that could turn into a battle over the hearts and minds of
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 9:05pm                                  America’s future elites. Even those who find such comparisons
                                                                                                    odious must surely take into account that the anti-apartheid
                          Bob Lamb Congratulations on cutting the membership of your                campaign also started on American campuses, before it overtook the
                          organization in half. Perhaps with what's left, you can become a          country as a whole."
                          wing of Hamas.                                                            http://www.haaretz.com/.../diplomacy.../.premium-1.563916
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 7:12pm                                  Like · Reply · 3 · December 18 at 10:40am
                          Robbie Scherer Going against the tide is a difficult thing to do.         Aliza Samantha Norstein You should be ashamed of
                          Just wanna say thank you.                                                 yourselves. You care so much about human rights violations, yet
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 6:57pm                                  you single out the one democracy in the entire Middle East and
                                                                                                    ignore the gross human rights violations around the world. You're as
                          Jon Cohen As a Jew who comes from a family driven from their              useless of an organization as the United Nations and do more harm
                          homes only two generations ago due to violent anti-Semitism,              than good. You don't deserve a place in academia considering your
                          and received harassment from neo-nazis in high school, I take             blatant ignorance.
                          bigotry very seriously. My people have been oppressed for centuries
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                          by violent totalitarian regimes and I feel it is my duty to speak out
                          against all forms of oppression. This is why the Israeli government's     Ariella Butler Where are the protesters and BDS'ers? That's
                          ethnic cleansing of over 300 Palestinian villages, current military       right, they are living in Washington DC in a nice cozy apartment.
                          occupation and apartheid over the West Bank and Gaza, and the             Meanwhile Israelis are risking their lives to save Syrian Refugees, and
                          relentless murders and assaults of innocents has put a dark image on      ABBAS refuses to take them in, even Palestinian ones. Hypocrites,
                          the face of world Jewry. It's embarrassing and it's shameful. I fully     the lot of you. http://www.jpost.com/.../Almost-2000-Palestinians-
                          support nonviolent resistance as a means to liberate the Palestinian      have...
                          people. ASA, you have headed the call, to stand in solidarity with the    Like · Reply · December 19 at 8:46am
                          Palestinian civil society in support of BDS-- and it is truly brave and
                          inspiring. I can't stress enough how grateful I am towards your           Ariella Butler https://twitter.com/KhaledAbuToameh
                          support for justice. Not in my name. God bless.                           Like · Reply · December 19 at 8:41am
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                                                                                                    Ariella Butler http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                          Linda Roth Rosenthal I am writing you this letter because I               v=glDDyJkQoFU#t=5
                          would like to express my feelings to your boycott of Israel. This         Like · Reply · December 19 at 4:53am




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                          boycott is unjust and un-warrented. It is shameful that you would
                          pick Israel and only Israel to boycott. It would do you good to learn        Steven Morgen http://www.thejewishweek.com/.../why-im-
                          your history regarding the Jewish state. A country that is always the        boycotting...
                          first to come to aid to all other countries that have faced natural          Like · Reply · December 18 at 10:28pm
                          disasters. A country that has had to fight for its existence for as long
                          as it has existed. A country that was attacked by all of its neighbors       Eric Peters Declaration of Support for the Boycott of Israeli
                          the moment the UN made it a country. Are you boycotting this                 Academic Institutions by the Council of the Native American and
                          country, the existence of this country or people of the Jewish faith.        Indigenous Studies Association
                          Those of you who sign up to boycott a country should do your                 http://naisa.org/node/719
                          homework first and find out what you are actually boycotting. Put up         Like · Reply · December 18 at 8:22pm
                          some facts regarding why you are asking for a boycott and what you
                                                                                                       Nathalie Sosna-Ofir @Gus Gallegos....How can you speak
                          are trying to accomplish through this boycott. maybe you should add
                                                                                                       about Israel Apartheid while Arabs are a part of one of the
                          countries such as Russia (where gays and lesbians do not have civil
                                                                                                       biggest democratic institution in the world, the Knesset ? Israel is the
                          rights), Saudi Arabia (women do not have civil rights) and all of the
                                                                                                       only democracy country in the area....and one of the biggest one in
                          Arab countries that through out all of their Jewish population and
                                                                                                       the world...
                          made them leave businesses, homes and all of their possessions.
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                          Please do your homework and stop reinventing history and stop
                          overlooking countries that do not offer all of its citizens the same civil   Michael Iver anti-Semites; I am boycotting UC San Diego.
                          rights.
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                                                                                                       Simon J. Bronner Incisive comment by Henry Reichman on ASA
                               Don Leonard You forgot America didn’t you? The country                  boycott resolution http://www.insidehighered.com/.../essay-
                               that has murdered over 1 million people in the last 12 years            criticizing...
                               based on lies and bullshit about 9/11..The country that has
                                                                                                       Like · Reply · December 13 at 6:22am via mobile
                               been deposing chosen governments, invading, assassinating
                               foreign leaders, and all for imperialism and profit. Not only are       Jeremy Borouchoff Uh .. folks, time to organize against ASA.
                               you illogical, you are a hypocrite.                                     Remove their 501c3 status; get the list of 700 members who
                                                                                                       voted for the boycott and publicly expose them for the racists they
                               Israel has been murdering children, stealing land, and doing            are. In fact. let's boycott THEM, perhaps threaten their livelihoods
                               apartheid for the last 50 years, so it is time to put a stop to it.     and their ability to support their families. Now how does that feel
                                                                                                       ASA? Are you still the altruistic organization of do-gooders you
                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?                                          thought you were?
                               feature=player_embedded...#!                                            Like · Reply · 1 · 17 hours ago

                               "Because what Israel is doing is destroying the Jewish World            Ronald Markowitz Should we really be surprised at the decline
                               and the Jewish heritage."                                               of yet another former world class organization? So many of our
                                                                                                       great American institutions and organizations continue to pop out like
                               You've been indoctrinated, and it is time to snap out of it.            rivets in a great aircraft. ASA is just one more rivet.
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:37am                                              Like · Reply · 1 · 22 hours ago via mobile

                               Don Leonard http://www.youtube.com/watch?                               Annie Solomon Living with ambiguits in a tragic situation. I
                               v=qMGuYjt6CP8&feature=youtu.be                                          would think you academics would understand how to do that.
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:38am                                              Evidently, not. http://www.nytimes.com/.../brooks-the-tragic-
                                                                                                       situation...
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                                                                                                       Bill Gabovitch I strongly disagree with the boycott adopted by
                          Amir Shachar who are you to boycot israel? israeli technologies              16% of your membership. It is unjust, unfair and does not help
                          have given the world its greatest advancements and israeli                   bring peace to the region. I hope my alma mater Indiana University
                          scholars win the nobel prize every year! you are only harming                withdraws from the ASA.
                          yourself. it is unacceptable and i protest against this.                     Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 10:36pm via mobile
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                                                                                                       Mark Rosen The University World News website documents
                          Neil J Sheber Congratulations! You have just boycotted                       academic suppression of students and/or faculty in the following
                          thousands of Arab and Palestinians who graduate from Israeli                 countries: Iran, Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia, Laos, the United Arab
                          institutions of higher learning.                                             Emirates, Malaysia, Chad, China, Gambia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq,
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 17 at 2:09pm                                     Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Belarus, Ukraine, and
                                                                                                       Bahrain. This is a partial list. These incidents involve firings,
                          Sion Misrahi You have now added Anti Semitisim to your title.                expulsions, imprisonments, even torture. Yet your organization
                          Like · Reply ·   3 · December 17 at 1:39am via mobile                        focuses on Israel, based apparently on the logic of your leader,
                                                                                                       Curtis Marez, who said that "one has to start somewhere." Even
                          Abraham Mercado Where's the academic boycott of Hamas run                    Mahmoud Abbas opposes boycotts of Israel. It is clear that your
                          Gaza?! Teaching their children to hate and kill Jews and                     organization is biased against Israel in the same fashion as the UN,
                          Christians. Teaching their children a MADE UP HISTORY.                       which targets Israel repeatedly but ignores much more serious
                          Indoctrinating them with a dominant ideology. You want peace ?!              violations of human rights.
                          Boycott Hamas you bunch of morons !                                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 9:50pm
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                                                                                                       Beth Litow Fenton Since you have made the decision to
                          Andy Bassaly Interesting how ASA is an acronym for Anti-                     BOYCOTT Israeli academic institutions, US WHO
                          Semitic Association                                                          WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT ALL OF ISRAL... Feel that your
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 17 at 12:14am                                    institution should NOT be allowed to pick and choose your
                                                                                                       BOYCOTTS. So, please do not use ANY OF THESE ISRAELI
                          Jeremy David Sandock Again singling out the Jewish people.
                                                                                                       INNOVATIONS that HELP ALL OF MANKIND... Your organization
                          Why don't you look around the Middle East and you will notice
                                                                                                       CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.http://www.jewsnews.co.il/.../45-
                          that this is blatant antisemitism.
                                                                                                       greatest-israel.../
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                          Brian Greenberg Are you already boycotting China for their
                                                                                                       Boaz Heilman Your voice mail box is full, and "nobody is
                          occupation of Tibet, the UK for their occupation of Gibraltar and
                                                                                                       available to take this call." I assume that is because you are all
                          the Falklands, Morocco for their occupation of Western Sahara. I
                                                                                                       hiding in your holes for shame and ignominy. What is this boycott all
                          could go on for a while but, being academics, perhaps you'll get the
                                                                                                       about? Israel has the most liberal policies towards ALL its citizens
                          point. Absolutely terrible decision.
                                                                                                       and residents, compared to ANY country in the world, including the
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 10:55pm                                    US. It has built schools and universities to accommodate minorities
                          Brian Colas While this is blatantly antisemitic (singling out the            (see the University of Haifa, among others). Whereas Arab countries
                          Jews when dozens of countries are 1000X worse), getting mad is               exclude and segregate Jewish and Christian citizens, Israel integrates
                          giving this irrelevant group more attention than it deserves.                them fully--I know, I've been there and have seen them in the
                                                                                                       workplace, just about anywhere and everywhere. BTW--have you
                          But thanks for the strong argument against tenure; it apparently             been there? Or are you following some prejudice buried in your
                          leads to irrationality.                                                      minds? FOR SHAME! Why don't you start by boycotting the dozens of
                                                                                                       "institutions of higher learning" in places that actually do discriminate
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 9:30pm
                                                                                                       against minorities, gays, women and others who don't fit the party,
                          Howard Weiner I think it is sad that a group of supposedly                   religious or political mold. Your ignorance is showing, ASA, and it
                          learned people has taken this decision. It really is the new global          smells. Hide deep for shame!
                          antisemitism, just old wine in new bottles. Jews as predators, as            Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 11:10am
                          thieves, as exploiters, all old themes. Jews as foreign, displacing
                          natives, all familiar. Concern for the welfare of Palestinians (and who      Kira Alex Stoyko Thank you for your boycott of Israeli
                          they are and what their story is are an important part of all this) is       institutions. You've given countless people working on this BDS
                          important and humane. How Israel can best secure its own security            movement hope and joy that others understand the plight and other
                          while living up to its own human values (the ONLY country in the             troubles of the Palestinian people. You made a wise, powerful, and
                          region that even begins to have such values) represented a great             just choice. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
                          challenge with which the greatest minds in Israel struggle. But how
                          deciding to have a blanket ban on communication differs from the             And for the people listing off all other countries with human rights'
                          rationale of the Nuremberg laws is hard to see.                              abuses:
                                                                                                       Have you ever heard "two wrongs don't make a right"? Just because
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 9:23pm
                                                                                                       others are also oppressive doesn't mean it's alright for another to do
                               Gitel Chana Levin What else is new? They hate us if we                  the same. Secondly, Israel is not only oppressive to its own citizens




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                               are rich because we are a dominating class, they hate us if              but is also an occupying force in the West Bank, holding siege on
                               we are poor because we are a burden. They hate us if we                  Gaza, actively performing air strikes on Syria, and having illegal
                               provide aid, they hate us if we don't. etc, etc, etc. Like you say,      flyovers in Lebanon. Their actions to oppress and control the
                               old wine in new bottles...and the wine is poisoned.                      Palestinian people breaks laws dictated by the UN and the Geneva
                               Like · 2 · December 17 at 5:49pm                                         Convention every minute of the day. That narrows down countries
                                                                                                        with such a large scope of offensive violence and oppression.
                                 Write a reply...                                                       So save your list of China or Saudi or Russia and answer why NOT
                                                                                                        Israel. Start somewhere to show the world we don't stand for chronic
                                                                                                        violence and oppression. I'd be happy for many boycotts. Abuse is
                          Elizabeth Pinkhasov Some "justice and solidarity"! Solidarity                 abuse. Violence is violence. And justice is justice. Whether you think
                          with professional killers, hijackers and terrorists, who can not built        this should have started with Israel is your prerogative. But can you
                          Palestinian economy, because they can not lead pea full process of            really and honestly deny that boycotting them is less just than the
                          economic stabilization of their own country and prefer that their             crimes Israel has committed while I was typing this?
                          people will suffer, since so called government is siphoning all funds in      Like · Reply · December 19 at 11:00am via mobile
                          their private bank accounts, as Arafat did. Do the so called
                          "academic" leaders of ASA know, that Israeli and Palestinian police           Yousef M. A. Breek Thank you ASA for supoorting BDS i know
                          are working together to prevent terrorism? Do they know that Israeli          that all of us from the GMU students against israel aparthied truly
                          and Arab teenagers together participate in athletic competitions,             appreciate this move and you have our full support in this matter
                          including special Olympics? And they call themselves "intellectuals"?         Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 2:46am via mobile
                          And who are they to judge other state, which was building itself
                          under condition of war since it's' inception. Academicians whose              John Boland Happy to see that Brandeis and Penn State
                          "intellectuals" predecessors we're "civilizing" Native American               Harrisburg are leaving ASA. It's sad that other universities remain
                          children by removing them from families and placing them in                   tainted by the anti-liberalism of American Studies Association.
                          boarding schools against their will. They didn't know anything then,          Like · Reply · December 19 at 12:34am · Edited
                          nor did they learn anything now. Israeli scientists do not need these
                                                                                                        Kenneth Gutwein By passing a boycott on Israel's academic
                          ignoramuses in their university, nor the Israeli students will learn
                                                                                                        community, The ASA has demonstrated that it is a travesty on the
                          anything from these "American historians"
                                                                                                        name it represents. The obvious anti-Semitic and hateful views of its
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 9:09pm                                      leadership is reprehensible. To allow members who would vote for
                          David M. Zinder Stick to what you claim to know (American                     such a vile proposal to teach American students is truly despicable.
                          Studies). Can't wait to contribute to the challenge to your                   The world-wide academic community should boycott all ASA lectures,
                          501(c)(3) status. As a reminder it was the Arab countries                     papers, and books. It would be a fitting response.
                          surrounding Israel who denied the Palestinians the coutry granted             Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 12:13am via mobile
                          them by the 1948 United Nations resolution. Why are you not
                                                                                                        Don Rosenberg What about the Saudis? They sent over
                          boycotting them. What about Syria, Lebanon and Jordan who have
                                                                                                        110,000 refugees back to Ethiopia. Are you boycotting them?
                          kept the Palestinians in refugee camps for over 60 years. IN the 70's
                                                                                                        Like · Reply · December 18 at 11:55pm
                          the Arabs imposed a boycott on Israel. Despite that boycott Israel
                          flourished. United States statute states that participating in that           Harold Finkel If, as you so righteously state, 'All posts that
                          boycott is illegal. I think that the Attorney General's office should use     engage in name-calling or substance-free allegations or hostility
                          that statute as a basis to prosecute your organization and revoked its        will be deleted' than I suggest you delete your endorsement of the
                          not-for-profit exemption. How's that for a boycott.                           BDS movement, whose rhetoric consists of nothing more than
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 8:58pm                                      'substance-free allegations.' Your shameful endorsement dishonors
                                                                                                        the spirit and discipline associated with academic pursuit.
                          Russell Gelfand Print|Close
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                          Having Boycotted Israel, American Academics Must Now Boycott
                          Themselves                                                                    Andrew Popik With all the things happening in the World, you
                          On the tricky logic of assigning guilt                                        come up with Israel? Prejudiced Hypocrites is what you are.
                          By Liel Leibovitz|December 5, 2013 1:48 PM                                    Like · Reply · December 18 at 9:07pm

                          The American Studies Association decided yesterday to boycott                 Eytan Sosnovich I have my opinions, but I am Israeli, I so I
                          Israel, a move endorsed unanimously by the academic organization’s            guess I can't share them. #humanrights
                          national council. If the association’s members are serious about their        Like · Reply · December 18 at 5:29pm
                          purported moral commitments, their only logical next step would be
                          to go ahead and boycott themselves. This actually makes sense.                     Kathy Diane Eytan perhaps a thorough and well researched
                                                                                                             response on your blog is in order!!
                          To hear the American Studies Association tell it, the act is largely               Like · 1 · December 18 at 6:12pm
                          symbolic, an expression of “solidarity with scholars and students
                          deprived of their academic freedom and an aspiration to enlarge that                 Write a reply...
                          freedom for all, including Palestinians.” The move, so spake the
                          ASA’s national council, “is warranted given U.S. military and other
                                                                                                        CarolAnn Gershuny Schwartz Does this mean your also not
                          support for Israel; Israel’s violation of international law and UN
                                                                                                        going to use a MAC computer?
                          resolutions; the documented impact of the Israeli occupation on
                          Palestinian scholars and students; the extent to which Israeli                Like · Reply · December 18 at 3:33pm
                          institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that           William Stroock Hey ASA, you want Apartheid? Try building a
                          violate human rights; and the support of such a resolution by many            church in Gaza, see how that goes.
                          members of the ASA.”
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                          One could, of course, wonder, as I and others have before, to what            Richard Kornbluh The question that should be answered isn't
                          Israel owes the exclusive honor of having been singled out; violating         "why Israel?" It is "why just Israel?l. If the ASA is true to it's
                          international law and human rights, sadly, is a game in which the             stated principles than it will apply the same standards to other
                          Jewish state is bested by many, many, many other nations. That’s a            countries and boycott them as well. I can't wait to hear about the
                          legitimate concern, but it’s not at the crux of the discussion. The real      next boycott! Still waiting.
                          question we must pose to the boycotters is what exactly it is that            Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 11:14am via mobile
                          they hope to achieve.
                          The ASA’s statement, sadly, leaves little room for doubt. In claiming         Wendy Diamond @Jill Cunniff, I heard that the women Pussy
                          that “Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state           Riot are finally being freed with some deal.... Boycott Russia for
                          policies that violate human rights” it seeks to dismantle not the             violations of free speech, non equality for gays!
                          occupation but the state itself. Had the goal truly been the end of the       http://www.bloomberg.com/.../pussy-riot-members-to-be...
                          occupation—a policy which many, myself included, consider illegal             Like · Reply · December 18 at 10:42am via mobile
                          and immoral—then the ASA ought to have supported the growing
                          movement of Israeli and other intellectuals calling for a boycott on          Susan Smith Here are companies to write and complain to or
                          the settlements by refusing to perform, teach, or shop east of the            boycott
                          Green Line. The ASA has gone much, much further. Ironically, as
                          Todd Gitlin and Nissim Calderon noted in an earlier denouncement              EXHIBITORS
                          [1] of another boycott, in failing to differentiate between the
                          university in Ariel and the one in Tel Aviv, the ASA has adopted the          BOOTH(S)
                          hardest of hard lines espoused by none other than the settler
                          leadership, believing, like the Yesha Council, that there is no               Alexander Street Press #217
                          fundamental difference between the country’s biblical borders and its         American Literatures Initiative #313
                          internationally recognized ones, and that the nation is defined by            Association Book Exhibit #116
                          nothing else save for its hunger for territorial conquest in the hills of     Columbia University Press #117
                          Judea and Samaria.                                                            Council for International Exchange of Scholars #316
                                                                                                        Duke University Press #210, 212
                          This is atrocious stuff, but it’s hardly the gravest of the ASA’s failings.   Harvard University Press #303
                          As the association’s statement draws to its close, particularly               Intellect Press #319
                          attentive students are treated to one more bit of anti-intellectual           Johns Hopkins University Press #201
                          buffoonery. “The ASA,” reads the statement, “also has a history of            The Nation Magazine #213
                          critical engagement with the field of Native American and Indigenous          New York University Press #100, 102
                          studies that has increasingly come to shape and influence the field           Oxford University Press #300
                          and the Association, and the Council acknowledged the force of                Project MUSE #203
                          Israeli and U.S. settler colonialism throughout our deliberations.”           Penguin USA #317
                          Colonialists, as anyone who had stayed awake during an introductory           Rowman & Littlefield #211
                          history course in college may remember, arrive from faraway lands to          Rutgers University Press #103, 105
                          inhabit parts unknown to which they’ve no other claim but that                SUNY Press #301
                          seized by force, and proceed to strip the land of its resources for the       The Scholar's Choice #305, 307, 309




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                          benefit and glory of their Motherland overseas. It would take a               Temple University Press #315
                          particularly muddled mind to argue that Jews, even those returning            University of California Press #202
                          to Zion after centuries in exile, fit this criterion, what with the Bible     University of Chicago Press #101
                          and all. And it would take an even bigger dunce to suggest that the           University of Georgia Press #111
                          Jewish pioneers who tilled the fields and tended the groves and built         University of Illinois Press #310, 312
                          factories and roads did so for any other reason than to cultivate the         University of Massachusetts Press #200
                          land itself.                                                                  University of Michigan Press #216
                                                                                                        University of Minnesota Press #205
                          Such fine distinctions are lost on the esteemed scholars of the               University of Missouri Press #112
                          American Studies Association, but an even grander one is lost as              University of Nebraska Press #114
                          well. Let’s assume—and we’ve no reason to assume otherwise—that               University of North Carolina Press #311
                          the ASA’s council members are sincere in their outrage, that they             University of Pennsylvania Press #302
                          believe—as they state repeatedly in their statement—that U.S.                 University of Texas Press #304
                          financial and military support for Israel is a key engine of the              University of Washington Press #113
                          occupation, and that they wish to stand strong against American and           University Press of Kansas #204
                          Israeli colonialism alike. If they truly believe all that, why not start at   University Press of Mississippi #106
                          home? A bit of morbid math, for example, will reveal that Israel has          University Press of New England #113
                          killed, according to Israeli human rights organization B’Tzelem [2],          Like · Reply · December 17 at 5:34pm via mobile
                          6,722 Palestinians between September of 2000 and October of 2013,
                                                                                                        Susan Smith Shame on you. I get academics being incapable of
                          while in Iraq alone, the United States Army may have claimed the
                                                                                                        understanding economics as their work is theoretical and does not
                          lives of more than half a million civilians [3]. It’s hardly an anomaly:
                                                                                                        involve real work, but boycotts like this show how utterly out there
                          Even America’s fiercest defenders have to admit that while striving
                                                                                                        you really are. The shining star in the mideast, an ally, strong
                          to live up to its promise as earth’s last best hope, this great nation
                                                                                                        supporters of freedom of speech. Boycott Russians, Cubans,
                          has, on occasion, succumbed to greed, bloodlust, bigotry, and other
                                                                                                        Iranians, unless your team is really a front for the radical islamic
                          serious ills. If the ASA is boycotting colonial powers, then it must
                                                                                                        loonies? Must be. You and Obama are pathetic whimps who are of
                          boycott America, too—a move that would have even greater
                                                                                                        zero value. I spit on you. I doubt you hate Jews, I am certain your
                          symbolic effect, since it would be done by an American organization
                                                                                                        funding is, however suspect. Likely too that your illustrious
                          of scholars employed by American universities and dedicated to
                                                                                                        academics are terrified by the fact that most Jews are more
                          American studies.
                                                                                                        successful, brighter and generous than all of you combined. I am
                                                                                                        protestant and I protest!
                          And why wouldn’t the ASA boycott America? After all, a large part of
                          the organization’s decision is predicated on the notion that “Israeli         Like · Reply · December 17 at 4:37pm via mobile
                          institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that
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                          violate human rights.” Several of the ASA’s national council
                          members, for example, teach in the University of California system,
                          which owes 18 percent [4] of its total budget to U.S. government              Pesach Ovadyah You little feeble minded putzes have no idea of
                          contracts and grants. The University of California, then, is just as          what your tinkering with; the G-d of Israel. You'll have no such
                          implicated in America’s policies and violations of human rights as the        success in boycotting Israel and will in fact, need its assistance one
                          Hebrew University, say, is in Israel’s. The same is true for virtually        day. Simply put, this egregious decision is nothing but an outward
                          every university by which the esteemed members of ASA’s national              expression of Jew hatred.
                          council are currently employed.
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                          That being the case, then, two choices present themselves. The first          Statue Liberty ASA: Are there plans to boycott any other
                          is for the ASA to realize that politics and morality alike are both           countries or is it just Israel?
                          deeply complex fields that only very rarely benefit from a decision to        Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 12:35pm
                          halt all conversation and deem a group of people untouchables. The
                          second is to follow their own logic to its obvious end, and boycott not       Stuart Palmer Sorry, this just confirms your bigotted thinking
                          only Tel Aviv and Haifa but also Davis and Santa Barbara. If that’s           and total ignorance of the realities of life in our region. As
                          the case, the members of the ASA’s national council should next               "academics" you have failed this recent test ignominiously. I always
                          boycott themselves and promptly resign their positions lest they              thought that academics dealt with facts - you have used as a basis
                          continue to serve the same policies that clearly trouble them so              for your "facts" a total distortion of the truth
                          much. Anything else would reek of hypocrisy, a terrible trait for             Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 11:54am
                          anyone entrusted with the beacon of free inquiry and the burden of
                          educating the young.                                                          Shmuela Jacobs Many Arab students, both Muslim and Christian,
                                                                                                        learn at all Israeli academic institutions, and even get extra
                          Find this story online: http://www.tabletmag.com/.../having-                  assistance to overcome language and other difficulties. I have Arab
                          boycotted-israel...                                                           friends thanks to that. To the recent Hackathon event in the
                          Tablet Magazine is a project of Nextbook Inc. Copyright © 2013                Technion, even Palestinians from Nablus came! I was there and
                          Nextbook Inc. All rights reserved.                                            talked to them.
                                                                                                        So why boycott institutions that actually bring Israelis (Jewish,
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 8:48pm
                                                                                                        Muslim and Christians), Palestinians and other nationalities together?
                          Frank Ariel Oh, well. Here is an official response: We don't hate             ???
                          your scientists. We just hate your institutions. Do you really think
                          that you can fool anyone by the distinction you draw?                         I have B.Sc. in Physics from the Hebrew Uni in Jerusalem. Currently
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 7:59pm · Edited                             studying for M.Sc. in IT management at the Technion in Haifa.
                                                                                                        Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 8:02am
                          Bruce Weingart Call it what you want. It's makeup on a pig.
                          ASA has shown its true colors.                                                Brian Colas Substance-free allegations, like your entire argument
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 7:56pm via mobile                           for the boycott?
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                          Kenneth Cohen All the tyrannies in the world, and there is
                          certainly no shortage of them, and you decide to boycott the                  Jerry HouseofTravel I would challenge you investigate how the
                          world's only Jewish state. Governments should be criticized - and             Palestinians are being treated in Lebanon where they have no
                          Israel is no exception - but it is mind boggling that this democracy          rights and live in some of the worst conditions on Earth.
                          was the first to be the object of your ire. Shame!                            Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 8:53pm
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                                                                                                        Salvador Rovero You state that Palestinian scholars and
                          Joseph Moss The leadership must be total idiot and morons.                    students are deprived of their academic freedoms.....How so?
                          Make sure starting today that none of the medical advances,                   Please expand. As far as I know, Arabs living in the disputed
                          scientific advances, are used by you, you are all a bunch misguided           territories have all the academic freedoms possible, more than in
                          uneducated baboons. You should all move to the Muslim world and               most Arab countries. They can study in their Universities or travel
                          live under their freedom.                                                     anywhere in the world they want.
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 5:53pm                                      Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 6:58pm

                          Fran Jacobs Meyerson LAUGHABLE! Israel is the only country                    Richard Ambrose ASA are liars, hypocrites, racist, jew haters!!!
                          in the middle east where ALL citizens have the ability to exercise            Just remember what happens to those who curse the good people
                          true democracy, the only country in the middle east where residents           of Israel! Enjoy your dark void of existential eternity!
                          can enjoy freedom of expression and freedom of the press, the only            Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 6:13pm via mobile
                          country in the middle east where homosexuals can live openly and
                          without fear. Why not boycott those nations which truly suppress              Jesse Browner Legal slavery in Mauritania? Ethnic cleansing of
                          human rights, suppress political dissent, suppress women's                    Muslims in Myanmar? Anti-Christian pogroms in Egypt and
                          rights/education, censor the internet, force school children to read          Nigeria? 100,000+ dead in Syria? Government-sponsored
                          inaccurate and anti semitic text books? Really, this is a joke. So            homophobia in Russia and anti-semitism in Romania? Only one
                          many other countries you could be boycotting because of the                   answer to man's inhumanity to man -- boycott the Jews!
                          suppression of human rights - Russia, China, Burma, Laos, Uganda,             Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 2:56pm
                          Congo, Cuba, Belarus, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and most of the other
                                                                                                        Igal Ram Is this some kind of sick joke? "American Studies
                          countries in the Middle East - to name (more than) a few. But why
                                                                                                        Association", supposedly one of America's oldest and largest
                          bother - the boycott is only good enough for the Jewish nation.
                                                                                                        associations devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 5:42pm · Edited                             culture and history - has opened its FB page on December 3rd and
                          Bruce Weingart Will you be taking any action about this? Or is                since then deals with an academic boycott against Israel? who is
                          it ok since it is advocating killing and kidnapping Israelis? And             running this page - Al Qaeda? don't you have anything better to
                          please note this is from a Palestinian website, not an Israeli one.           research, perhaps a few genocidal policies closer to yourselves in the
                          http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=10231                             american history? and after that, lets say - make a list of the gravest
                                                                                                        and largest human rights violations - and divest them first? whats
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 5:31pm
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                          Caroline Kelly Why not just limit it to the settlements. why not           constant attack by arabs since 1936 (still as a settlement)?
                          boycott countries like Iran, Zimbabwa, China or Russia for the             Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 2:56pm
                          treatment of their citizens and the oppression GLBTs and students
                          face in those countries. Why boycott an entire country over policies       Nealhugh Hurwitz
                          that virtually every other country is facing in one form or another--      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175198
                          how to respect the rights of all groups within the country, balance        Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 12:10pm
                          security with freedom, etc. This is supposed to be an academic
                                                                                                     Nealhugh Hurwitz http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                          group. How does a boycott on other academics and scholars help
                                                                                                     v=E8bR4EU2eUg
                          advance the cause?
                                                                                                     Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 12:02pm
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                                                                                                          Nealhugh Hurwitz I agree with Ari Lesser... and it looks
                          Robert Sezak FAIL grade for the ASA. A new low.
                                                                                                          like about 700 voted yes... Now we need those names...
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                          Michael Blatt Would love to see the list of "academics" who
                          voted for this.                                                                   Write a reply...
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 4:32pm

                          Jerrad Bloome It is very disturbing that a supposed "academic"             Rima Najjar Kapitan Harvey, this is an association of American
                          organization would be so uninformed of the issues, and assist in           professors, and it is not bound by Israeli law. Here, unlike in
                          this new form of ant-semitism which paints Israel (and the Jewish          Israel, professors are free to advocate and engage in boycott.
                          People) as the agressor. History shows what the stated objectives of       Further, to my knowledge no one has proposed boycott on the basis
                          the Palestians are: namely to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.       of national origin
                          They have had several opportunities to participate in a peaceful           Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 6:24am via mobile
                          government which they have refused. What holds them back in the
                                                                                                     Eric Peters
                          academic setting is not Isreal's policies, but the policies of thier own
                                                                                                     http://www.abc.net.au/rel.../articles/2013/11/20/3895305.htm
                          leaders, what they choose to teach and preach.
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                                                                                                     Eric Peters Philadelphia Jews for A Just Peace supports the BDS
                          James Leonard Shame on you and your anti-sematic beliefs and
                                                                                                     campaign.
                          actions.
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 3:24pm                                   http://www.phillyjjp.org/Philadelphia_Jews.../Welcome.html
                          Seth Borus Shame on you! Nothing said against: China, Russia,              Like · Reply · 1 · December 15 at 7:47pm
                          the other crazy and backwards countries killing people everyday in
                                                                                                     Eric Peters A number of other progressive Jewish organizations
                          the Middle East and or Iran. what a sham! Next the'll be blaming the
                                                                                                     and prominent individuals, both inside and outside of Israel, that
                          weather and earthquakes on Israel... wait, they already did that.
                                                                                                     are in support of BDS:
                          Come on people, get a grip and study the facts and history and get
                                                                                                     http://boycottisrael.info/.../jewish-voices-israel-and...
                          the background and go there. These people lie for a living they want
                                                                                                     Like · Reply · 1 · December 15 at 7:44pm
                          ALL of Judea and Israel and will do anything to get it.
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 3:08pm                                   Eric Peters Independent Jewish Voices – Canada is a national
                                                                                                     human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just
                          Yehuda Joseph Benjamin This is an absolute disgrace. Your
                                                                                                     resolution to the dispute in Israel and Palestine through the
                          organization is hypocritical. http://www.tabletmag.com/.../the-
                                                                                                     application of international law and respect for the human rights of
                          american-studies...
                                                                                                     all parties. They are also in full support of the BDS campaign.
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 2:49pm

                          Cynthia Franklin http://seattletimes.com/.../2022472595...                 http://ijvcanada.org/tag/bds-boycott-divestment-sanctions/
                                                                                                     Like · Reply · 1 · December 15 at 7:39pm
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                                                                                                     Baruch Nutovic This is a manifestation of the far-left's utter
                          Mark Davidson Guess who the American Studies Association is
                                                                                                     dominance of large parts of academia. The unanimity is quite
                          not boycotting - MidEastTruth.com
                                                                                                     noteworthy. Moderate Democrats or mainstream liberals would not
                          http://www.facebook.com/MidEastTruth/posts/774109042603445
                                                                                                     have done this. It is time for far-left academics to become more
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 5:12am                                   openminded and tolerant. They should seek to bring some more
                          Alexander Popivker Disgrace to humanity. Disgrace to                       moderate, reasonable individuals into their ranks and organizations.
                          intelligence. Disgrace to America.                                         The parts of the ivory tower that are echo chambers would be made
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8bR4EU2eUg                                intellectually healthier by a little ideological diversity. That would
                                                                                                     militate against organizations like ASA doing inane, hateful things like
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 11:16am
                                                                                                     this.
                          Shane James Thank you for standing up for the human rights of              Like · Reply · 1 · December 15 at 11:27am
                          Palestinians and opposing the abuses committed against them
                          under military occupation! Don't sweat the Zionist trolls, they stand      Sunaina Maira The Palestinian Federation of Unions of
                          on the wrong side of history-- apartheid isn't ok anywhere, including      University Professors and Employees Warmly Salutes the American
                          Palestine!                                                                 Studies Association for its Principled Solidarity:
                          Like · Reply · 6 · December 18 at 11:48pm                                  Like · Reply · 1 · December 14 at 11:16pm

                          Andriy Shor What a shame.                                                       Sunaina Maira Excerpt: We Palestinians have long been
                                                                                                          expected to remain silent and “ignore if not celebrate (our)
                          Like · Reply ·   1 · December 17 at 9:02am
                                                                                                          own oppression” [2]. The ASA has broken a taboo.
                          Henry Max Goodelman                                                             http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=2299
                          http://www.theasa.net/about/officers_and_committees/ angry                      Like · December 14 at 11:18pm
                          letters anyone?
                                                                                                          Sunaina Maira As ASA members vote on this historic
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 1:23pm
                                                                                                          resolution, we would like to take this opportunity to address the
                          Dana Hotchkiss Dumb, Dumber & Dumbest. And, Misleading by                       members directly. Comrades and colleagues, by adopting this
                          Deed & in Name. Merry Christmas.                                                resolution you will be building on the important precedence set
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 6:22am                                        by the Association for Asian American Studies, leading the way
                                                                                                          in integrating BDS into the academy, and strengthening our
                          Adam Wenner Lawrence H. Summers, the former Harvard                             movement worldview in the pursuit of freedom, justice and
                          University president and former Treasury secretary, disparaged                  equal rights to all other humans.
                          “the idea that of all the countries in the world that might be thought
                          to have human rights abuses, that might be thought to have                      Israeli academic institutions are not only complicit by virtue of
                          inappropriate foreign policies, that might be thought to be doing               their silence in the face of the racist, colonial laws and policies
                          things wrong, the idea that there’s only one that is worthy of                  of the Israeli state, but they are also intimately part of this
                          boycott, and that is Israel.”                                                   infrastructure of oppression through their organic links to the
                                                                                                          Israeli military establishment and their ties to the occupation
                          He called for a kind of reverse boycott, saying that universities               regime.
                          should reconsider paying for faculty members to belong to the
                          American Studies Association or to participate in its events.                   Adopting the academic boycott is not only a position in solidarity
                          Like · Reply · 6 · December 16 at 1:29pm                                        with Palestinian rights but a position that defends academic
                                                                                                          freedom as well. The boycott upholds the right of individuals to
                          Eyal Nevo Brandeis already pulled out from this shameful                        critique the Israeli state’s illegal and racist policies without
                          association. Go play nice with China and Russia. Hopefully soon                 facing criminalization or punishment, and it upholds the right of
                          you will also dry financially.                                                  individuals to “decline participation in sites of injustice.” [5]
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 5:03pm                                        Furthermore, the boycott is institutional and ASA has already
                                                                                                          gone to lengths to explain how it does not work to restrict
                          Christopher Caster Absolutely, the present illiterates most
                                                                                                          collaboration with individual scholars.
                          certainly don't belong to the *Chosen People!*
                                                                                                          Like · 1 · December 14 at 11:18pm
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                                                                                                          Jonathan Marks The U.S. Campaign for the Academic and
                          Christopher Caster Haha, Edith Goldman... Viperine, isn't she?
                                                                                                          Cultural Boycott of Israel of whose "Organizing Collective"
                          But all in a righteous cause!
                                                                                                          Professor Maira is part has this to say concerning individual
                          Like · Reply ·   1 · December 18 at 5:55am · Edited                             academics. "In principle, since the call is specifically for
                                                                                                          institutional, not individual boycott, such activities do not violate
                          Divest This Has anyone else noticed how incapable either ASA or
                                                                                                          the boycott. However, all academic exchanges with Israeli
                          its defenders are of answering a single question or challenge with
                                                                                                          academics do have the effect of normalizing Israel and its
                          something other than some pre-packaged word blobs breast fed to




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                                                                                                          politics of occupation and apartheid. Academics could consider
                          them by Omar Barghouti? You would think there would be one
                                                                                                          whether equally valuable contributions might not be made by
                          person among the many PhDs who have decided that this is what
                                                                                                          non-Israeli colleagues; whether an invitation to a Palestinian
                          the ASA must stand for who would have the courage and vocabulary
                                                                                                          intellectual might be preferable; whether the exchange is
                          to actually defend their position with even one well thought out
                                                                                                          intellectually or pedagogically essential." That is, boycott
                          sentence. Ah well, let's just hope the students of these academic
                                                                                                          individuals if you possibly can manage it. The proposal put forth
                          giants don't stop by this site and find out how much intellectual
                                                                                                          by the Caucus on Academic and Community Activism was
                          laziness the field is willing to allow (at least among themselves).
                                                                                                          modeled on the PACBI, which takes the same position. While
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 9:08pm                                        the res. was modified by National Council, the spirit and
                          Divest This How ASA became RASA:                                                symbolic effect is to prop up USACBI. Prof. Maira's argument
                          http://cifwatch.com/.../how-asa-became-rasa-racist.../                          that the boycott does not violate academic freedom because it
                                                                                                          uphold the right of people to "decline participation in sites of
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 11:18am
                                                                                                          injustice" is invalid because people already have that right; an
                          Divest This Just out of curiosity, are there any other ASA                      ASA boycott is not needed to further it. As for the right of
                          members who, like my friend, received a postcard voting reminder                individuals to criticize the Israeli's policies, Freedom House calls
                          from the ASA leadership yesterday (a day after voting ended). Might             Israel's universities centers of dissent. Boycotting centers of
                          someone at ASA tell us when this mailing went out? Just asking!                 dissent is a peculiar way to uphold the right of individuals to
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 9:21am                                        criticize Israel's policies.
                                                                                                          Like · December 14 at 11:34pm · Edited
                          Divest This Take a sniff at the ASA's latest "open forum" for
                          members to discuss the boycott:                                                 Divest This If this were an honest debate, the ASA
                          http://www.theasa.net/.../asa_members_vote_to_endorse.../.                      leadership would argue that, regardless of the rancor, the
                          Putting aside their decision to fill the page with endorsements which           resignations, the chaos this vote will bring to the organization
                          a visitor has to scroll through before getting to where other members           (not to mention the scorn already being visited upon ASA by the
                          get to have their say, does anybody really believe ASA members                  wider scholarly community) that this is a small price to pay for
                          have only contributed 14 comments, including just three objections,             what they believe to be a purpose higher than academic
                          since this story broke on Monday? It's possible I suppose, but given            freedom. But instead, we get this song and dance about how
                          that ASA's censorious behavior throughout this whole debate, I think            the boycott won't hurt individuals (just what are academic
                          it's safe to assume that they are "moderating" comments rather                  institutions made up of - cement?) and doublespeak about how
                          aggressively for some people and not for others.                                jettisoning academic freedom for one group (Israelis - although
                          Like · Reply · 1 · 19 hours ago                                                 just the Jewish ones) is actually an example of enhancing
                                                                                                          academic freedom. Given that this vote is coming to an end,
                          Yael Lieber Don Leonard for president of ASA, I say! He mostly                  you'd think at least one member of the leadership would be
                          closely embodies the hateful spirit of BDS and the new ASA credo.               willing to come clean about their propagandistic motives (as
                          Propaganda, lies and hate now that's a full American studies                    they clearly will - immediately and world wide - if the vote goes
                          education.                                                                      in their favor).
                          Like · Reply · 1 · 22 hours ago via mobile                                      Like · December 15 at 5:33am
                               Don Leonard truth hurts huh...                                               Write a reply...
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                               v=oCKWDarNdGw&feature=related                                         Nancy Koppelman Thousands of first-year college students are
                               Like · 22 hours ago                                                   returning home for the holidays. Many of them have just
                                                                                                     completed their first college courses in American History or American
                               Don Leonard http://www.youtube.com/watch?                             Studies. They probably don’t know that the ASA will decide by
                               v=kDKw0f95k7Q                                                         midnight on December 15 whether to boycott Israel.
                               Like · 22 hours ago
                                                                                                     Debates about the impending action have centered on the value of
                               Don Leonard we see you now, and once that truth genie is
                                                                                                     academic freedom. Detractors claim that the boycott threatens such
                               out of the bottle, it never, ever goes back.
                                                                                                     freedoms, whereas supporters assert that it highlights the lack of
                                                                                                     such freedoms for Palestinian scholars and students. Both sides are
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                                                                                                     right. But both sides are wrong about the source of the boycott
                               v=qMGuYjt6CP8&feature=youtu.be
                                                                                                     effort. It’s not anti-Semitism, and it’s not a morally rigorous
                               Like · 22 hours ago
                                                                                                     understanding of social justice. The source is the changing capacity
                               Yael Lieber Awesome thx Don...I think you've proved my                of scholars who embrace American Studies as their professional
                               point in droves                                                       home to engage in serious historical analysis. Our profession is
                               Like · 1 · 21 hours ago                                               marked by a gradual erosion of curiosity about the nature of history
                                                                                                     writ large, and the place of democracy in history.
                               Don Leonard How is that Yael? By posting informed
                               opinion; by educated, intelligent people addressing the facts?        The ASA’s move reflects a blind spot that has developed over the last
                                                                                                     three decades in the field of American Studies. Vexing questions of
                               "Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do     history once central to its scholarship and teaching have become
                               not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not          marginal or, even worse, nonexistent. The outcome is the
                               blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only           organization’s embrace of a “good guys vs. bad guys” view of history
                               do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either.       which cannot appreciate, and by extension teach, a more
                               Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of     sophisticated analysis of the dynamics of change over time. The
                               Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua     ASA’s move therefore bespeaks a pernicious weakness in higher
                               in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in   education more generally: the ability for college faculty who are
                               this country that did not have a former Arab population."             trusted to understand democracy to teach young citizens how to
                                                                                                     think about and promote democracy. Those first year students have
                               -- David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum           just completed classes that were taught by many of us who are
                               Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978, p. 99.                       members of the ASA. When our students arrive home for the
                                                                                                     holidays and their families ask them what they learned in college, it
                               please elucidate me.                                                  is unlikely that a complex view of history will be one of them.
                               Like · 21 hours ago
                                                                                                     Polarizing interpretations of empire, colonialism, and the spread of
                               Yael Lieber I have a feeling that there is no point that you          capitalism throughout the world dangerously simplify the complexity
                               can not obfuscate. Such is the nature of hate. Citing Goldman         of human history, and of the nature of historical understanding. Such
                               for exmaple---Neo-nazi's love that book (!)...of course no one        interpretations have no place or patience for open-ended questions
                               else takes it seriously (not even the BDS) as Goldman was a           such as these: What is the reach of human agency during different
                               notorious nut; and has been shown to have fabricated the Ben          moments in history? How do economic, social, and political
                               Gurion quote that you all love to cite. But hey what are facts        structures in particular times and places both foster and limit the
                               anyway---if it fits your belief system--use it Don. Besides don't     conditions within which human action could occur? How do changing
                               you already have it all figured out anyway; enough to post            ideas about human rights and privileges frame political aspirations
                               endless hate filled rants on a "scholarly website." What could a      during different periods in history? And most central to the current
                               Zionist apartheid sub-human like myself have to offer.                boycott effort, How should we understand the history and challenges
                               Like · 19 hours ago                                                   of modern democracy within and between nation states?

                                 Write a reply...                                                    Compared with the principles of empire, monarchy, tribalism, and
                                                                                                     clan which dominated power relations for centuries (and still do, in
                                                                                                     many parts of the world), and notwithstanding a brief period in
                          Carol Davis Zucker This is a horrendous disgrace that
                                                                                                     ancient Greece, democracy’s principles are new. According to the
                          represents shameful ignorance of the situation that is particularly
                                                                                                     Democracy Index produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit in the
                          shocking given this was done by academics. As a UC Berkeley alumna
                                                                                                     U.K., in 1970 there were 42 electoral democracies in the world.
                          I am particularly outraged and saddened, and this outrage will be
                                                                                                     Today there are 123. Modern information technologies have also
                          reflected when I make my annual charitable contributions this year.
                                                                                                     democratized cultural exchange in ways that our ancestors could
                          Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 2:05am                                     never have imagined. The result is that the reach of the democratic
                          Michael Wexler Such blatant bias would not have passed the                 imagination now far exceeds its political grasp. As a worldwide
                          smell test in any university research committee.                           phenomenon, democracy is largely untested. In short, modern
                                                                                                     nations are novices at practicing with the recently-wrought
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 1:12pm
                                                                                                     instruments of democracy, and are far from able to live up to
                          Zahava-Janet Goldwasser And who is it exactly that is                      democracy’s highest ideals.
                          advocating for an injustice to the Palestinian people? Think again
                          folks...http://unitedwithisrael.org/video-sodastream-building.../          The Democracy Index evaluates Israel as one of 53 “flawed”
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 11:43pm                                  democracies, along with India, Brazil, France, and South Africa.




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                                                                                                    Rather than cut itself off from Israeli institutions, the ASA should be
                          Patrick N. Smith For shame! This is an horrific decision. You             true to its mission as a confederation of experts who claim to
                          turn your back on the single limited representative government in         possess a special understanding of the oldest democracy in the
                          the Middle East, and the only society in the region with intellectual     world. It should partner with Israeli and Palestinian scholars and
                          and personal freedom? What kind of madness could result in suich          students directly through the institutions where robust mutual
                          kowtowing to totalitarianism? Is leftism so in love with tyranny it has   engagement is most likely to occur: those which steward education.
                          lost ALL sense? Apparently in the case of the ASA, yes.                   Palestinian and Israeli society alike would benefit from the promotion
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 6:42pm                                  of democratic institutions, governing structures, and habits of mind
                                                                                                    in and between themselves and countries where democratic
                          Ariella Butler "Aviva Roth Sucher No less than 22 Arab countries          aspirations are not yet matched by democratic cultural values. An
                          that Jewish people were driven from and still may not return to.          academic boycott devalues such engagement and thereby contributes
                          How do you support that action Peter Lake?                                to, rather than interrupts, the tragic direction of relations among
                          Unlike · 3 · 8 hours ago via mobile ·"                                    Middle Eastern neighbors. Their fates are inextricably tied to one
                                                                                                    another. Building capacity for democratic engagement is slow and
                          Yet again they are utterly silent Aviva. They cannot face the truth       patient work. The ASA could contribute to that work. Boycott makes
                          that they have made a critical error. Saving face would be too much       that work impossible.
                          for them. They can still turn this around. A simple Phone call vote
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 1 · December 14 at 7:16pm
                          would settle it. MOST academic members of organizations would not
                          be able to be present for a physical vote anyway, especially at the            J Kēhaulani Kauanui David Lloyd responds to Nancy
                          END OF A SEMESTER. I guess they would rather loose their 501c3                 Koppelman:
                          though than save face. Even the American Association of University
                          Professors has denounced this move.                                            I expect I am not alone in finding koppelmn’s post (81)
                                                                                                         astonishingly condescending. It is, in the first place,
                          The ASA have allowed these bds people to trash their organization.             condescending to our undergraduates who are, in my
                          That is how the BDS Minions operate. They come into relatively                 experience, by no means elementary school children running
                          unheard organizations, convince the leadership to do something by              home to mom and dad to chatter about what they learnt at
                          stroking their egos, take over, Grab AIRTIME, then POOF, they are              school. They are adults, many of whom have already engaged
                          onto the next whore in need of attention. 16-20% of an                         deeply in the practical world, holding down one or more jobs to
                          organizations population is neither unanimous nor majority vote.               pay for their education, or working with social justice
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 10:54am · Edited                             organizations in their home or college neighborhoods. They
                                                                                                         have, moreover, been shaped by Occupy and by virtually a
                          Gregory Rutchik It says so much of an association to endorse                   lifetime of those other occupations, the US interventions in Iraq
                          this boycott. I do not see how it relates to your mission, and                 and Afghanistan, and its wars in and on Somalia and Yemen,
                          appears to be ultra vires act of your leadership. You pander to radical        Libya and Syria. Most of them are daily affected by questions of
                          views and do nothing to foster unserstanding. It evidences your lack           social and racial justice as they struggle to get educated and
                          of relevance and Madonna like need for attention. Well, you certainly          they are quite capable of assessing the relation of their own
                          have your 15                                                                   inequitable situation with those that prevail elsewhere,
                          Minutes of fame. I write in protest and object to your stance and will         including in Palestine. Many of us have had the humbling
                          support a boycott of your Annual Meeting.                                      experience in our classrooms of hearing those students grapple
                                                                                                         with difficult issues and coming to terms with new perspectives
                          Skidmore College                                                               in ways that are for them at once intellectually and emotionally
                          american studies major                                                         complex. By and large, they show a capacity for self-reflexive
                          Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 2:07pm via mobile                              judgment of their own prejudices and, in some cases, privileges,
                                                                                                         and can discuss, with an honesty sometimes painful to hear, the
                               J Kēhaulani Kauanui
                                                                                                         legacies of racism or of US imperialism that have affected them
                               http://www.theasa.net/what_does_the_academic_boycott.../
                                                                                                         and of which they are now learning a more detailed history. It is
                               Like · 1 · Yesterday at 2:39pm                                            that capacity for engagement with pressing issues that does not
                               Divest This Does anyone other than me find it interesting                 shy away from the crucial passage from analysis into informed
                               that the only time anyone from ASA shows up in a Facebook                 practice that has impelled so many of the current generation of
                               page they allegedly set up to foster communication about this             our students to take up issues ranging from divestment from
                               issue, all they tend to do is repost something from their own             Israel to the burgeoning student debt. We heard from such
                               web site or non-scholarly propaganda sites like Mondoweiss?               students at the Open Meeting as they displayed both eloquence
                               You would think they would at least answer some of the                    and mature thoughtfulness. They do not deserve our
                               questions people have raised about how this institutional                 pedagogical condescension.
                               boycott is supposed to work (given that they claim to have gone
                               down this path in order to foster discussion) or that they would          koppelmn is also extremely condescending to the fine and
                               stop to announce that the Truthers and bigots who have shown              nuanced scholarship that has been produced by members of the
                               up to fly to their defense don't represent the views of ASA               ASA over the past three decades. Since s/he does not deign to
                               (given that they claim to stand against all forms of bigotry).            name the works dismissed with such a sweeping and broad
                                                                                                         brush, one can only infer from the characterization of that
                               Like · 2 · Yesterday at 2:49pm
                                                                                                         scholarship that s/he intends the work of race critical scholars
                               Don Leonard lol, all you got is irrelevant, speculative                   and those who have engaged with the US’s self-evident imperial
                               accusations, and ad hominem.                                              history in both particular and in comparative ways. Such a high-
                                                                                                         handed dismissal of a large and complicated body of work, all of
                               The bigotry that Zionism promotes, is exactly why we are here.            which really does teach something about how “changing ideas
                               Truth hurt ?                                                              about human rights and privileges frame political aspirations
                                                                                                         during different periods in history”, is astonishing, though
                               Newsflash Your opinion does not = knowledge.                              entirely in synch with the National Association of Scholars’
                                                                                                         similar claim that such scholarship has “enervated” our
                               Israeli Racism - where Ethiopian Jews "aren't Jewish enough.":            discipline.

                               "According to IRIN, a UN humanitarian news website, there is              To pay attention to that scholarship and to what it has taught
                               rampant racism against Ethiopian Jews; they face constant                 us, not only over the last three decades but in fact since the
                               discrimination and they live in very poor socio-economic                  nineteenth century at least, is to appreciate the long legacy of
                               conditions because of this racism: “Ethiopian Jews are treated            critical scholarship that has not enervated itself by shying away
                               differently from other Israelis: factories do not want to employ          from the practical implications of its intellectual findings. One
                               them; landlords refuse them; and certain schools turn away                thing we might learn is that tactics like boycott are not hurried
                               their children.”                                                          emotional responses to uninformed or simplifying political
                                                                                                         judgments, but arise precisely out of complex situational
                               http://chicagomonitor.com/.../israels-ethiopian-jews-a.../                analyses of political conjunctures, conducted in the first place
                                                                                                         by those most affected by them. The analysis that results in a
                               do research before you open your mouth. Or just keep it shut.             call for boycott emerges both from very local and specific
                               Like · 22 hours ago                                                       analyses of the workings of power and from a larger
                                                                                                         comparative framework. Palestinian civil society has very
                               Don Leonard Israel does practice apartheid:                               carefully considered the dynamics of power imposed upon it,
                                                                                                         understood the overwhelming coercive power of Israel, fully
                               "The South African HSRC commissioned an international team of             funded and politically supported by its US ally, and has
                               scholars and practitioners of international public law from South         determined that the strategy of boycott, divestment and
                               Africa, the United Kingdom, Israel and the West Bank to                   sanctions is a legitimate and viable means to shift the balance
                               conduct the study. The resulting 300-page draft, titled                   of grossly unequal power. The frantic response of Israel and its
                               Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid?: A re-assessment of Israel's          supporters internationally to the growing public acceptance of
                               practices in the occupied Palestinian territories under                   the boycott movement suggests that their analysis and practice
                               international law, represents 15 months of research and                   have been correct. That is what it is to understand in practical
                               constitutes an exhaustive review of Israel's practices in the OPT         as well as theoretical terms the dynamics of change and the
                               according to definitions of colonialism and apartheid provided by         workings of democracy.
                               international law. "
                                                                                                         Palestinian civil society has called upon us to honor the boycott
                               http://www.hsrc.ac.za/.../report-israel-practicing...                     of Israeli academic institutions. Even before a final decision has
                               Like · 22 hours ago                                                       been made by the membership on endorsing the resolution, that
                                                                                                         call has had an extraordinary effect in promoting and enabling
                                 Write a reply...                                                        discussion and debate on an issue that has truly been a “blind
                                                                                                         spot” in US academic and public discourse. And it has had an
                                                                                                         equally powerful impact on enhancing the democratic
                          Rosa Kramer Franck You have just lost any respect I may have                   procedures of the ASA, unprecedented both procedurally and in
                          had for you as an organization. You are now a laughable group of               the numbers who have participated in it. Years of




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                          ignorant cowards as far as I'm concerned.                                      governmentally and NGO-sponsored dialogue, academic and
                          Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 10:31am                                        otherwise, in Palestine/Israel since Oslo, have merely served as
                                                                                                         a convenient deferral of the “peace process” and as a cover for
                          Nathalie Sosna-Ofir You want to boycott me ... I also want to
                                                                                                         continuing Israeli expansion. As so often, the appeal to
                          boycott you and ask you to stop using products and technologies
                                                                                                         “complexity”, the narcissistic ego-ideal of the academic, acts in
                          issued from my brain…I am facing a wave of misunderstanding and
                                                                                                         the service of the deteriorating status quo. The call for boycott
                          unprecedented hostility, while I brings an unparalleled contribution to
                                                                                                         has interrupted that form of business as usual, and has begun
                          humanity in many subjects . Hundreds of millions of people,
                                                                                                         to shape the space where real dialogue based on parity, not
                          including you, across the world, enjoy daily innovations "Made in
                                                                                                         coercion, is taking place.
                          Israel» in military, computer, agriculturally, pharmaceutical, medical,
                          technological matters. . I realized more, despite wars and security
                                                                                                         Comparative history tells us that it was not dialogue that
                          pressures to my borders and within, in 65 years that no other
                                                                                                         brought Northern Irish Protestants to the table with Catholics,
                          country has made such a period.
                                                                                                         nor dialogue that brought white South Africans to negotiate
                          Do Anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic know that I developed the ICQ or XP
                                                                                                         with Mandela and the ANC. It was the fact that their
                          systems for computers, the disc on q, and so many other vital or
                                                                                                         intransigent defense of the systemic discrimination on which
                          more futile things but used by all of you everyday? So I ask you to
                                                                                                         their privileges were based had begun to exact too high a price.
                          immediately cease all use of the Epilady, the SodaStream , the
                                                                                                         In the case of South Africa, the international boycott movement
                          generics drugs from Teva company, the guidance system Waze, no
                                                                                                         was a considerable element in raising the cost of apartheid.
                          longer make medical scanner , not enjoy the heart revolutionary
                                                                                                         Israel continues to demand peace without justice and to insist
                          heart " stents " and many other medical and surgical prowess ...
                                                                                                         on maintaining the privileges its peculiar laws and its military
                          These are just a few of the countless acquired due to the gray
                                                                                                         power secure. Already the boycott, divestment and sanctions
                          matter, the expertise and willingness to help humanity that
                                                                                                         movement is beginning to make the point that eventually that
                          characterize the Israeli people.
                                                                                                         system of legal discrimination and coercive dispossession will
                          There is one thing that I’m sure you are boycotting – one of the ten
                                                                                                         have its costs. Israeli academic institutions are an intrinsic and
                          commandments offered by the people of Israel to humanity :
                                                                                                         essential part of that system and guarantee the reproduction of
                          prevents hate ...
                                                                                                         racial privilege. There is no reason for us to exempt them from
                                                                                                         the boycott for which our Palestinian colleagues have called.
                          The State of Israel
                          Vous souhaitez me boycotter…alors je souhaite vous boycotter aussi
                                                                                                         Comment by David Lloyd on Sun, December 15, 2013 at 11:29
                          et vous demande de cesser toute utilisation de produits et
                                                                                                         am
                          technologies issus de mes cerveaux ….Je fais face à une vague
                                                                                                         http://www.theasa.net/.../academic_and_cultural_boycott.../
                          d’incompréhension et d’hostilité sans précédents, alors que
                          parallèlement, j’apporte une contribution sans égale à l’humanité              Like · 1 · December 15 at 12:13pm
                          dans de très nombreux domaines. Des centaines de millions de                   Nancy Koppelman David Lloyd caricatures my image of
                          personnes, dont vous, à travers le monde profitent quotidiennement             first-year college students returning home to discuss what they
                          des innovations « made in Israël » sur les plans agricole,                     learned during their first months in college. My point was that
                          pharmaceutique, informatique, médical, militaire, technologiques etc.          this is, in fact, a serious moment when many young people
                          J’ai réalisé, malgré les guerres et les pressions sécuritaires à mes           reflect back to their families what they’ve been learning and
                          frontières et à l’intérieur, en 65 ans, ce qu’aucun autre pays n’a fait        thinking about. At issue, for me, is the relationship between
                          en un tel délai..                                                              teaching students to be activists and teaching students to be
                          Les antisionistes et antisémites savent-ils que c’est moi qui ait              critical thinkers. These aims, on the part of teachers, are not
                          développé les systèmes de communication ICQ ou le système                      mutually exclusive and in fact are mutually informing. For
                          d’exploitation XP, ou encore la clé USB et tant d’autres choses vitales        several generations, the American intellectual class has wrestled
                          ou plus futiles mais utilisées par vous tous au quotidien ? Je vous            with just how these aims inform each other. My point was to
                          prie donc de cesser immédiatement toute utilisation de l’Epilady, du           show that certain broad questions about history have fallen out
                          sodastream, de votre ordinateur, des médicaments génériques de la              of favor in American Studies, such that an idealistic and wholly
                          société TEVA, du système de guidage WAZE, de ne plus faire de                  unrealistic view of democracy has taken hold of the moral
                          scanner médical, ne pas profiter des "stents" révolutionnaires en              imagination of many academics. These are observations on
                          chirurgie cardiaque et autres multiples prouesses médicales et                 American intellectual history, in which we all are playing a part.
                          chirurgicales…                                                                 But who cares about American intellectual history anymore?
                          Voilà quelques uns parmi les innombrables acquis dus à la matière              Few in American Studies, that’s for sure.
                          grise, au savoir-faire et à la volonté d’aider l’humanité qui
                          caractérisent le peuple juif et Israël.                                        I was not disparaging the subjects of the last thirty years of
                          Par contre, ce dont je suis sûr c’est que cela fait longtemps que vous         scholarship at all—and why readers of my post would think I
                          boycottez un des dix commandements offerts par le peuple d’Israël à            was doing so puzzles me. However, just because we can
                          l’humanité : la haine tu éviteras                                              conceptually deconstruct injustices that people suffered in the
                          L’état d’Israël                                                                past does not mean that people in the past had the intellectual
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 6:58am via mobile                            chops we have and so could have thought, felt, and acted
                                                                                                         differently than they did. This insight was central to Raymond
                          Nathalie Sosna-Ofir You want to boycott me ... I also want to
                                                                                                         Williams's work. Whether they could, and the extent to which
                          boycott you and ask you to stop using products and technologies
                                                                                                         they could, is a matter of historical investigation. This is what I
                          from my brain…I am facing a wave of misunderstanding and
                                                                                                         mean when I write about the absence of historical
                          unprecedented hostility, while I brings an unparalleled contribution to
                                                                                                         understanding.
                          humanity in many subjects . Hundreds of millions of people,
                          including you, across the world, enjoy daily innovations "Made in
                                                                                                         The troubling feature of the ASA’s boycott effort is its wish to
                          Israel» in military, computer, agriculturally, pharmaceutical, medical,
                                                                                                         resolve its own internal contradictions rather than notice them
                          technological matters. . I realized more, despite wars and security
                                                                                                         and grapple with them. The ASA wants to both stand for
                          pressures to my borders and within, in 65 years that no other
                                                                                                         academic freedom and simultaneously abrogate it. Go ahead.
                          country has made such a period.
                                                                                                         But notice that it’s contradictions like these that historians, and
                          Do Anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic know that I developed the ICQ or XP
                                                                                                         particularly labor historians, have often shown are exactly the
                          systems for computers, the disc on q, and so many other vital or
                                                                                                         moments of crisis when a new world is in the making which the
                          more futile things but used by all of you everyday? So I ask you to
                                                                                                         players making that world could not see, even as they remained
                          immediately cease all use of the Epilady, the SodaStream , the
                                                                                                         staunchly committed to values they held dear. Could we be, in
                          generics drugs from Teva company, the guidance system Waze, no
                                                                                                         any way, like that?
                          longer make medical scanner , not enjoy the heart revolutionary
                          heart " stents " and many other medical and surgical prowess ...
                                                                                                         There is so much more that the ASA could do to promote social
                          These are just a few of the countless acquired due to the gray
                                                                                                         justice in other countries. But the work is slower and more
                          matter, the expertise and willingness to help humanity that
                                                                                                         painstaking than standing on moral high ground is. I wish to
                          characterize the Israeli people.
                                                                                                         collaborate with others who are interested in doing that work.
                          There is one thing that I’m sure you are boycotting – one of the ten
                          commandments offered by the people of Israel to humanity :                     Like · 1 · December 15 at 4:25pm
                          prevents hate ...
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                          The State of Israel
                          Vous souhaitez me boycotter…alors je souhaite vous boycotter aussi        Elder of Ziyon AAUP open letter to ASA:
                          et vous demande de cesser toute utilisation de produits et                http://www.aaup.org/.../open-letter-members-american...
                          technologies issus de mes cerveaux ….Je fais face à une vague
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 2 · December 13 at 10:41am
                          d’incompréhension et d’hostilité sans précédents, alors que
                          parallèlement, j’apporte une contribution sans égale à l’humanité         Hannah Sealine Bacharach Another example of these
                          dans de très nombreux domaines. Des centaines de millions de              "horrible" Israelis:-( Please share. Israeli/Jewish ethics at its best!
                          personnes, dont vous, à travers le monde profitent quotidiennement        "2:57 P.M. Heeding a request by UN officials, the Coordinator of
                          des innovations « made in Israël » sur les plans agricole,                Government Activities in the Territories announced Thursday that it
                          pharmaceutique, informatique, médical, militaire, technologiques etc.     would open the Kerem Shalom crossing, due to extenuating weather
                          J’ai réalisé, malgré les guerres et les pressions sécuritaires à mes      circumstances, to allow for the transport into Gaza of gas for heating
                          frontières et à l’intérieur, en 65 ans, ce qu’aucun autre pays n’a fait   houses and water pumps for coping with floods."
                          en un tel délai..                                                         http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.563057...
                          Les antisionistes et antisémites savent-ils que c’est moi qui ait         Like · Reply · December 13 at 9:48am
                          développé les systèmes de communication ICQ ou le système
                          d’exploitation XP, ou encore la clé USB et tant d’autres choses vitales   Divest This Thanks to ASA for providing an explanation for what
                          ou plus futiles mais utilisées par vous tous au quotidien ? Je vous       happened to yesterday's postings. I suspect it is the lopsided and
                          prie donc de cesser immédiatement toute utilisation de l’Epilady, du      partisan way that ASA has conducted its communications so far
                          sodastream, de votre ordinateur, des médicaments génériques de la         (summarized well in this piece:
                          société TEVA, du système de guidage WAZE, de ne plus faire de             http://www.insidehighered.com/.../essay-criticizing...) that has made
                          scanner médical, ne pas profiter des "stents" révolutionnaires en         it easy to think the worst of the organization (something you should
                          chirurgie cardiaque et autres multiples prouesses médicales et            consider if you plan to present your boycott as some kind of moral




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                          chirurgicales…                                                              statement built on the good will most of us have of the academy).
                          Voilà quelques uns parmi les innombrables acquis dus à la matière           Like · Reply · 1 · December 12 at 11:36am
                          grise, au savoir-faire et à la volonté d’aider l’humanité qui
                          caractérisent le peuple juif et Israël.                                          Richard Murray DEFUND THIS:
                          Par contre, ce dont je suis sûr c’est que cela fait longtemps que vous           http://www.businessinsider.com/us-site-y-911-phase-ii-tel...
                          boycottez un des dix commandements offerts par le peuple d’Israël à              Like · December 12 at 12:00pm
                          l’humanité : la haine tu éviteras
                                                                                                           Richard Murray $3 Billion is one part of what the public
                          L’état d’Israël
                                                                                                           knows about our gifts to israel. Then there's tons more aid
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 5:21am · Edited                                that's wrapped up in lots of other packages. Then there is even
                          Ellen H. Ullman Will members of ASA immediately cease using                      more totally secret aid.
                          technology/medicine developed in Israel?                                         Regarding this secret aid, Walter Pincus at the Washington Post
                                                                                                           did us all a service when he discovered that we are pouring
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 8:00am
                                                                                                           $100 Million into a secret bunker in Tel Aviv. Yes. American
                          Bridget Paley What a lark and sham.                                              taxpayers are putting, secretly, a tenth of a billion dollars into a
                          Like · Reply ·   1 · December 16 at 4:02pm                                       hole in the ground in Tel Aviv. At the same time, we are closing
                                                                                                           schools in Philadelphia and Chicago that our precious poor
                          Susannah Greenberg http://www.tabletmag.com/.../the-                             children desperately need.
                          american-studies...
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 2:01pm                                         The U.S. is also PAYING FOR THE MEZUZAHS THAT WILL BE
                                                                                                           ON THE DOORS OF THIS HOLE IN THE GROUND. AND FOR
                          Ariella Butler wow you lost 1000 members that fast? Benefit of                   THE PROOF READING OF THE MEZUZAHS. So much for the
                          the doubt then, what 25% ? Still not a majority! Better adjust                   separation of church and state. aipac makes its own laws in the
                          your membership down lower again.                                                U.S. Congress. Here's the article:
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 1:52pm · Edited
                                                                                                           http://www.businessinsider.com/us-site-y-911-phase-ii-tel...
                          Ariella Butler So let me get this strait. 16 percent of your
                                                                                                           Like · December 12 at 12:01pm
                          membership voted for this and that is a majority? No, I think not.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 1:17pm                                           Write a reply...
                          Adam Blitz Antisemite Studies Association
                          Like · Reply ·   1 · 16 hours ago                                           Richard Murray Great News from Ben White: The Prawer Plan
                                                                                                      has been stopped! Let's keep turning the tide!
                          Sandy Johnson Weird. To single out Israel, or to single out their
                                                                                                      https://twitter.com/Mai.../status/411161048323219456/photo/1
                          policies to apartheid.....I'm not even Jewish and this seems
                          blatantly antisemitic to me. Why Israel and not any of the other            Like · Reply · 2 · December 12 at 11:14am
                          countries that won't let women attend school, or discriminate against            Diana Appelbaum "Let's keep tuning the tide"?
                          different religious sects or groups, or...the list goes on. Most of the
                                                                                                           Like · December 12 at 11:44am
                          other comments have already covered what I'm thinking and could
                          say, so I won't, but this boycott seems to be following a                        Richard Murray Yes! Against racism and apartheid and
                          course/sentiment that, unfortunately, has started to become common               ethnic cleansing! Are you with us!?
                          place.                                                                           Like · December 12 at 11:45am
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                                                                                                           Richard Murray The Prawer Plan was beginning to evict
                          Nadia Hijab ASA, you have all my admiration and respect for this                 70,000 native Bedouin from the Negev. But there has been a lot
                          courageous stand.                                                                of good pressure against it from within Israel, and much
                          Like · Reply · 2 · Yesterday at 7:39am                                           pressure internationally against this further Atrocity. Prawer has
                                                                                                           been crushed. It's over.
                          Bernard Kessler An afterthought---- Judith Butler did mention
                                                                                                           Like · December 12 at 11:47am
                          that there are Israeli academics who share her sentiments. In
                          fairness she should have also mentioned that the chances are pretty              Richard Murray Although we still need to be vigilant. Could
                          good that they are still alive and teaching in the same universities.            be hasbara at work ; )
                          Likewise the Arab members of the legislative body who oppose the                 Like · December 12 at 12:07pm
                          Israeli policies --- they're also still alive and voicing their opinions.
                          Complete the following sentence ---- "In which other country in the                Write a reply...
                          Middle East
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 8:48pm
                                                                                                      Cynthia Franklin Magid Shihade: "But we are not afraid, nor
                          Neal Gold What a bigoted, anti-learning, and short-sighted                  confused. We are here for justice in Palestine and everywhere. We
                          position to adopt; antithetical to the work of those of us who work         are here for freedom of thought about Israel and elsewhere. These
                          for peace and mutual understanding. This endorsement cheapens               hundreds of members who support this resolution are also
                          this organization and should embarrass those individuals who are            concerned about injustice everywhere, including injustice in the U.S
                          associated with it.                                                         itself." http://socialistworker.org/.../the-academys-silence-on...
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 19 at 4:00pm                                    Like · Reply · 2 · December 12 at 1:12pm
                          Richard Becker http://ideas.time.com/.../the-american-                      Cynthia Franklin Scott Morgensen's statement, posted to the
                          studies.../                                                                 ASA Caucus website, on pink washing:Queer and trans people
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 11:52pm                                   know that our solidarity is distorted if defenders of Israel frame that
                                                                                                      state as a haven of sexual and gender rights. Rhetoric like that of
                          Jesse Witten This is an stupid disgrace. You are not scholars.              Debby Rosenthal (above) has been debunked as “pinkwashing”
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 18 at 5:11pm                                  Israel’s occupation: by queer Palestinians in Palestine
                                                                                                      http://www.pqbds.com/about/ and internationally by activists
                          Boaz Selka Boycott the only democracy in the middle east. ..
                                                                                                      http://queersagainstapartheid.org/faq/ and by scholars.
                          way to go..! That will show them right???
                                                                                                      https://www.dukeupress.edu/Israel-Palestine-and-the.../
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 4:42pm via mobile

                          Richard Becker New Republic weighs in on the ASA boycott.                   We learn from such work that the state of Israel expanded sexual
                          http://www.newrepublic.com/.../american-studies...                          rights so as to compel Jewish LGBTQ citizens to support unending
                                                                                                      occupation http://glq.dukejournals.org/content/16/4/493.abstract.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 3:57pm · Edited
                                                                                                      Meanwhile, queer Palestinians with Israeli citizenship experience the
                          Danny Freundlich I am soo happy that you are boycotting ze                  same second-class status and racism that other Palestinian citizens
                          Jews and are trying to make the world judenrein by ridding it of            face; and, of course, no rights within the 1948 boundaries benefit
                          these vermin. Do you need help building the camps to process ze             Palestinians who live under occupation or in the diaspora. As aptly
                          jews or do you already have enough student and professors                   noted by Sami Shamali, member of Al Qaws, “The apartheid wall was
                          volunteering from Iran, Egypt, Sudan, Zimbabwe, China, Russia,              not created to keep Palestinian homophobes out of Gay Israel, and
                          Syria and of course my absolute favorite, Germany?                          there is no magic door for gay Palestinians to pass through.”
                          Deutschland über alles!                                                     http://mondoweiss.net/.../palestinian-queer-activists...
                          Glad the 4th Reich has risen again thanks to the American Studies
                          Association.                                                                When Israel’s defenders associate that state with gay “freedom,”
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 18 at 3:19pm                                    their rhetoric acts as a colonial discourse: by framing Palestine as
                                                                                                      barbaric and endangering, by erasing the existence of LGBTQ
                          Christopher Martin Then, the council is either tragically                   Palestinians who organize with their people, and by teaching queer /
                          ignorant or utterly hypocritical, considering regimes they HAVEN'T          trans people abroad to split our solidarity. Instead, we can realize
                          boycotted.                                                                  that no LGBTQ person will experience freedom in Palestine / Israel
                                                                                                      while occupation and colonization continue, and we can heed the
                          This kind of filth in "leadership" has no place near academia. If the       demand from Haneen Maikey (Palestinian Queers for BDS and Al
                          Council has even a shred of honor within it, they'll rescind their          Qaws) that international queer / trans solidarity address the
                          decision and submit their resignations.                                     decolonization of Palestine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
                                                                                                      v=FRRTH81MoFs
                          However, this kind of decision fairly screams that there's no honor to
                          be found on this council.                                                   This message is especially relevant to scholars in the ASA. In the
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 3:04pm                                    U.S. and other settler states, gaining sexual or gender rights within
                                                                                                      the state “frees” queer / trans non-Natives to extend the settler
                          Mitzi Horowitz BTW - It won't happen, it is you and other anti-             colonization of Indigenous peoples and lands, as well as the state’s
                          Zionists that are advocating ethnic cleansing of Jews - what else           myriad white supremacist, global capitalist, or imperialist projects.
                          do you think would come from the destruction of Israel?                     The United States, Canada, and Israel all promote sexual modernity
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 12:03pm                                   and sexual liberation as techniques to extend settler colonialism, an




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                                                                                                    argument I have made elsewhere.
                          Mitzi Horowitz It makes no sense - a democratic country that
                                                                                                    http://glq.dukejournals.org/content/16/1-2/105.abstract
                          protects the rights of all citizens, including Arab Israeli's, where
                                                                                                    http://www.tandfonline.com/.../10.../2201473X.2012.10648848
                          there is an Arab party in the government, where there are numerous
                                                                                                    Furthermore, Nada Elia indicates that Israel’s defenders adapt such
                          org. bringing Jewish and Muslim children together and where the
                                                                                                    tactics by taking inspiration from their uses in the settler colonization
                          majority of citizens support a two state solution! There could be a
                                                                                                    of North America.
                          Palestinian state tomorrow if it wasn't for there extremist hatred.
                                                                                                    http://www.tandfonline.com/.../10.1080/2201473X.2012.1064884
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                          Cindy Kane This shameful, morally bankrupt and intellectually             For these many reasons, queer and trans scholarship within the ASA
                          dishonest attack on academic freedom by the American Studies              is positioned well to critically engage the state of Israel and to
                          Association should be soundly condemned by all who are committed          answer calls for boycott from Palestinian civil society. Moreover,
                          to the ideal that open exchange of ideas is the most effective way to     Palestinian Queers for BDS directs such calls quite precisely at
                          achieve change. Targeting Israeli institutions solely because they are    LGBTQ and allied people worldwide. All of us who support queer and
                          in Israel -- the only democratic country in the Middle East where         trans scholarship within the ASA can endorse the academic boycott of
                          scholarship and debate are encouraged and flourish -- is based on a       Israel knowing that in so doing, we answer the leadership of
                          myopic and fundamentally distorted perspective of Israel and the          Palestinians queers who are determining the course of their own
                          conflict and is manifestly unjust.                                        liberation.
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 2 · December 13 at 8:59pm
                          We commend those members of the ASA who boldly spoke out and
                                                                                                         Nealhugh Hurwitz My dear Cynthia--- how about how Arab
                          voted against this shameful resolution. We further applaud the
                                                                                                         regimes treat L-Q??? ... I met the Pres of Iran at Columbia
                          American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for reiterating
                                                                                                         and he said that there are "no homsexuals in Iran"... and you
                          its opposition to academic boycotts which “strike directly at the free
                                                                                                         can watch them being hanged on You Tube...
                          exchange of ideas.”
                                                                                                         Like · 4 · December 14 at 6:06am
                          Although the ASA resolution will likely have limited practical impact          Nealhugh Hurwitz and Cynthia--- "we answer the
                          on Israeli academic institutions and on Israeli academics, those               leadership of Palestinians queers who are determining the
                          members of the ASA who voted in favor of this resolution should also           course of their own liberation."--- but since you dislike settler
                          understand the hateful message they are sending. As Lawrence                   states, how can there be freedom for all in such nations? The
                          Summers, who, when he was president of Harvard a decade ago said               dirty deeds have been done in the US and other nations yes?
                          about an initiative to boycott Israel, “Serious and thoughtful people          My Sioux and Cheyenne have been decimated, etc. Shall I leave
                          are advocating and taking actions that are anti-Semitic in their effect        the country?
                          if not their intent.”
                                                                                                         Like · 2 · December 14 at 6:09am

                          We call on academic institutions across the United States to enhance           Divest This In case anyone is curious, the term
                          their existing relationships with Israeli universities and research            "Pinkwashing" was invented (OK, swiped from the Breast Cancer
                          institutions and stand resolutely in support of open exchange,                 cause) to describe a fake phenomenon that helps boycotters get
                          dialogue and study.                                                            around the fact that they are campaigning in partnership with
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 18 at 11:24am                                      an on the behalf of the most murderously homophobic societies
                                                                                                         on earth against a country with the strongest record on gay
                          Jill Cunniff Also, with Putin's persecution of openly gay Russian              rights on the planet. Now a normal political movement would
                          citizens, is there a BDS boycott of Russian academic institutions?             simply acknowledge Israel's superiority on this one issue, but
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 9:10am                                       then make the reasonable argument that this shouldn't give
                                                                                                         Israel a pass on all other matters because of it. But BDS is not a
                          William Stroock If Palestinian terrorists were crossing into your
                                                                                                         normal political movement. Rather, it not only claims to be a
                          country and blowing up your restaurants and religious services,
                                                                                                         progressive cause but insists that all progressives everywhere
                          you might want a wall between you and them.
                                                                                                         must bow down before its agenda or risk being condemned as
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 18 at 8:22am                                       PEPs (Progressives Except for Palestine). But if you point out to
                          Jill Cunniff American Studies would include the study of our                   them that they are asking you to throw gays under the bus for
                          collective persecution of Native American's. I can assure you that             their cause, they'll start shouting about "Pinkwashing"
                          some of the universities that are represented in the BDS movement              (supposedly a nefarious plot of the Israelis to create a gay-
                          are on lands that are not only sacred to Native Americans, but were            friendly society as a coverup for their dastardly crimes) until you
                          probably STOLEN from them as well. Not to mention that many of                 shut up. As I said before, this is standard propaganda operating
                          the universities represented had exclusionary admissions policies as           procedure undergraduate partisans take with one another. So
                          recently as one generation ago.                                                the ASA's inclusion of this argument in their "dialog" seems to
                                                                                                         be one more demonstrate of the contempt in which they hold
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                                                                                                         the voting membership.
                          Kenneth Cohen Why the American Studies Association reminds                     Like · 1 · December 14 at 5:30pm
                          me of the Westboro Baptist Church
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                          http://www.vinefig.org/.../why-the-american-studies...
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                                                                                                    Judy Wohl "All posts containing name calling...and hostility will
                          William Stroock Women second class citizens in Saudi                      be deleted." Of course, your baseless anti-Semitism is on the
                          Arabia...let's condemn the Jews.                                          record now for all to see. Shame on you.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 10:20pm                                 Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 11:16am

                          William Stroock Homosexuals stoned to death in Iran...let's               Gus Gallegos End Israeli Apartheid
                          blame the Jews!                                                           Like · Reply ·   2 · December 17 at 9:23am via mobile
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                                                                                                    Gus Gallegos Free Palestine
                          Cindy Kane Many other nations have worse human rights                     Like · Reply ·   2 · December 17 at 9:22am via mobile
                          records than Israel, even its own Middle East neighbors. Is it a
                          coincidence that these academics are singling out the world’s only        Neill Le Roux http://mondoweiss.net/.../12/nonsense-proposing-
                          Jewish-majority country for boycott? No, it's just plain old anti-        boycott.html
                          Semitism.                                                                 Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 5:38am
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 8:16pm
                                                                                                    David Spalter Hypocrites, liars and frauds. The ASA has forever
                          Wendy Diamond This is a segregated facebook page. Non-ASA                 forfeited its ability to call itself an academic organization.
                          members are allowed to post here & not on www.theasa.net. The             Like · Reply · 1 · 17 hours ago via mobile
                          hypocrisy is stunning and reveals the worst about academia and the
                          so-called self-styled leftists of today. The pro-Boycott right wingers    Jill Cunniff Guess who graduated first in this year's medical
                          are not even reading thse comments, I assure you.                         school class at the Technion, Israel's version of M.I.T.? The
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 7:24pm                                  answer will surprise you. It's a 27-year-old stereotype-buster: a
                                                                                                    charming, feminist, smart, open-minded and observant Islamic
                          Jill Cunniff By the way, when the late King Hussein was alive, he         woman named Mais Ali-Saleh who grew up in a small village outside
                          received cancer treatment in Israel. I am not saying it's a perfect       of Nazareth, in Israel's Galilee.
                          scenario, but many Arab Israeli's have the option to leave Israel, but
                          they prefer to stay. Why is that?                                         Ali-Selah's academic excellence not only marks her own personal
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 5:43pm                                  achievement but also proves that contrary to propaganda spouted by
                                                                                                    proponents of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions)
                          Doug Hawkins What a shameful position! This irrational                    Movement -- whose latest convert is Stephen Hawking -- an
                          academic obsession with blatant anti-Semitism is anything but             academic boycott of Israel is the wrong approach to solving the
                          intellectual. I guess China and every other middle east country have      Israel-Arab conflict. Moreover, it ultimately hurts the very people it
                          a better record...                                                        claims to help. Ali-Selah put it best when she said, "An academic
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 5:33pm                                  boycott of Israel is a passive move, and it doesn't achieve any of its
                                                                                                    purported objectives."
                          Gary Katz Based on this hypocritical, double standard, terrorist
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 9:33pm
                          supporting vote, perhaps this organization should change its name
                          to the "American Scuzzies Association."                                        Jill Cunniff Reprinted from the Huffington Post
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 3:05pm                                       Like · December 18 at 9:33pm
                          Yulia Kushner It seems to me that expressing an anti-Israel                    Jill Cunniff This just in:Gaza BDS Advocate Dead; Sought
                          sentiment has been a cheap and easy way to get into the news.                  Israeli Medical Care at the End | The Jewish Press
                          ASA vote to boycott Israel accomplished exactly that – mazel tov.
                          Enjoy your first ever moment in the spot light.                                Eyad El Sarraj, a prominent psychiatrist in the Gaza Strip, died
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 2:56pm                                       on Wednesday, Dec. 18. El Sarraj was 70 years old. He died of




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                                                                                                           complications from Leukemia.
                          Neil J Sheber Where is the Boycott of Morocco for illegally
                                                                                                           He had been receiving treatment at Hadassah Hospital for the
                          occupying Western Sahara and subjicating its indiginous people?
                                                                                                           past month.
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                          Kevin Pham Politics aside, I am a bit puzzled about the voting
                          process and would like clarification. 66% of 1252 people who                      Write a reply...
                          chose to vote voted yes, making that 826 people out of 5000
                          members voting yes. So only 16% of the entire ASA voted yes? That
                                                                                                   Charles Neuman So I assume you'll be boycotting Zimbabwe,
                          does not seem very representative to me.
                                                                                                   Iran, China, and Russia, too? Or does your membership not know
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 1:19pm                                 anything about what's going on in the rest of the world?
                          Robin Wolaner I am appalled. I don't usually find myself in              Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 10:11pm
                          agreement with the Israeli government or Alan Dershowitz but
                                                                                                   Yael Lieber Personally I am horrified than an academic
                          your boycott of the only democracy -- however flawed -- in the
                                                                                                   institution would support this one sided boycott that demonizes
                          Mideast is shocking.
                                                                                                   the state of Israel and does not address any of the root causes of the
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 12:17pm                                conflict nor help towards any solutions. Your boycott implies that you
                          Eric Savage Sylvia - your coopting Mr Mandela on your FB page            support continued efforts to deligitimize and demonize the sole
                          and suggesting that he would support this is intellectually              Jewish country in the world by not holding other conflict regions to
                          dishonest (why am I not surprised?) and misleading - in other words      the same standard. I do not see ASA calling for a boycott of Chinese
                          totally in keeping with ASA's mission and m.o.                           institutions despite their occupation of Tibet or Turkish institutions
                                                                                                   despite their occupation of Cyprus. Nor would I support such
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                                                                                                   boycotts, as dialogue and collaboration are the solutions to complex
                          Dick Cohen You should be ashamed of yourselves, and members              ethnic conflicts not one sided boycotts, as this creates silence and
                          should get out of this organization as fast as possible. Shameful.       promotes a vacuum. Your move reveals your bias and discrimination
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 11:32am                                towards Israelis and hence Jews everywhere. It reminds me of the
                                                                                                   dark days in America where universities had "jewish quotas" in which
                          Michael Lazar @johnDowdle - Israel does a MUCH better job of             only a small number of Jews would be admitted to their schools. You
                          avoid civilian casualties than the US or NATO does! In the Bosnian       ahve returned us to those dark times, but now you will not admit any
                          war, the US bombed a civilian radio station during the day with no       Jews; if they are Israeli. This is proof that society does not always
                          warning. Israel bombed a radio station during Operation Cast lead        move forwards often it repeats the same mistake, and ASA has
                          AFTER calling the radio station to warn them. And then they did it in    certainly taken a giant leap backwards.
                          the late night to minimize the potential number of people there. No      Like · Reply · 3 · December 13 at 6:49pm
                          comparison.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 10:05am                                Cynthia Franklin STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FROM PATRICK
                                                                                                   WOLFE:
                          Michael Lazar I can't think of anything nice to say about your
                          organization or most of its ignorant members. Why don't you pick         The ASA National Council’s decision to recommend that the
                          on a nation that has killed most of the indigenous population, such      membership support the Academic Boycott of Israel is courageous. I
                          as the US. Or one that has killed 10x more people in a single year       use the word advisedly. We all know why publicly standing up for the
                          than Israel has in the last 10 , such as the USSR. Or one that           rights of Palestinian people takes courage. The Israel lobby is
                          suppresses free speach - take your pick there are more than 50 of        relentless and unscrupulous in its pursuit of those who do so. In the
                          them. -- No, you have to go for the Jews.                                mass media and on every campus in the country, those who have
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 10:00am                                spoken up for Palestine will be vilified and abused. At the very least,
                                                                                                   they will be subjected to a sustained campaign of misinformation.
                          Rebecca Grech This is atrocious.It is disgusting to call this            More ominously, the Israel lobby will not hesitate to threaten their
                          institution American. Have you boycotted Iran yet? How about             jobs if it believes that it scents an opportunity. We all know this to be
                          China with all their detention centers who keep families imprisoned      true. We all feel the pressure, and we all know the risk we take in
                          for generations. What nation other than Israel would even accept         standing up for truth and justice for Palestine. But this is taking place
                          refugees from Syria who hate them and offer medical treatment to         in the United States. Imagine how much worse it must be for
                          them? Maybe you should boycott yourselves. That sounds good.             scholars in Palestine, daring to speak the truth to a brutal and
                          Boycott yourselves and while you are at it put yourselves in a time      unscrupulous occupying power. The boycott offers us a way to
                          out chair with a duntz cap on.                                           support our courageous fellow scholars in Palestine, and to do so in
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 9:46am                                 the name of the freedoms that the university has traditionally
                                                                                                   defended. I urge everyone to vote in favor of this noble boycott.
                          Lou Nayman Breaking news: ASA to drop "American" and
                          "Studies" from name http://t.co/9IStnG9orT
                                                                                                   Patrick Wolfe
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                                                                                                   Freelance Historian, Australia
                          Boycott ASA Boycott the boycotters!It's only the beginning...            Like · Reply · 1 · December 13 at 5:17pm · Edited
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 17 at 8:29am                                       Aaron Bitterman Mr. Wolfe is absolutely clueless. He
                          Sara Greenbaum Apparently you are a bull*&^% organization                        doesn't understand the history of anti-Semitism, nor does he
                          filled with pseudo-academicians. Please let me have all of your                  care about it. The Holocaust was less than 70 years ago, and
                          names so I will know what professors my children should avoid and                now he advocates a boycott of the Jewish people. He needs to
                          which universites I should write to ask that you be removed from                 read a history book.
                          your jobs.                                                                       Like · 1 · December 13 at 9:30am
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                          David Kaganovsky Cowards. If you had any guts you morons
                          would take flights to Iran, Syria, China, North Korea, and other
                          lovely places on earth where you would publicly demonstrate (and         Cynthia Franklin http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.../why-the-
                          sacrifice your life, if needed) to support freedom. Criticizing Israel   asa-should...
                          makes you no different than Jew haters of the past 2000 years.           Like · Reply · 1 · December 12 at 4:44pm
                          Weaklings and cowards.
                                                                                                   Cynthia Franklin STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FROM ERIC
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 7:10am                                 CHEYFITZ.
                          Nurit Ben Aharon As history has proven over and over again,
                          this act will only make Israel stronger, whether through wit,            I am a Jew with a daughter and three grandchildren who are citizens
                          brains or miracles. You are so dumb! Long live Israel. Am Israel Hai.    of Israel. I am a scholar of American Indian and Indigenous studies,
                                                                                                   who has in published word and action opposed settler colonialism
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 5:50am
                                                                                                   wherever it exists, including of course the Palestinian West Bank,
                          Charles Hoffman Bringing new methods of anti-Semitism to                 Gaza, and East Jerusalem. It is worth noting in this respect that just
                          college campuses all over the country                                    as the myth of American exceptionalism seeks to erase the genocide
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 5:32am                                 and ongoing settler colonialism of Indigenous peoples here in the
                                                                                                   United States so the myth of Israeli exceptionalism seeks to erase
                          Ina Rosen So when is ASA issuing unanimous boycott                       Israeli colonialism in Palestine and claim original rights to Palestinian
                          statements concerning ia Russia, Iran, Hungary, Afghanistan,             lands. It is from these personal and professional positions that I
                          China, etc. etc. etc, etc, etc?                                          applaud the decision of the NC to support the Academic boycott of
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 5:13am                                 Israel, which I support, and urge ASA members to affirm that
                                                                                                   support with their votes.
                          Leor Sinai Shame on you! And from Academics?! Europe was
                          once enlightened too and we all know what happened there, 65             Best,
                          yrs ago. I pray that in America the beautiful does not go down that
                          dark, ugly, path.                                                        Eric
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 4:22am
                                                                                                   Eric Cheyfitz
                          Yehuda Shenef Shame on you. Your proclamation not only libels
                                                                                                   Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters
                          the vast majority of Israeli citizens and voters it also mask out the
                                                                                                   Cornell University
                          actual violence and terror against civilians by Hamas and other
                          criminal organizations as not existent or worth any boycott. What’s      Like · Reply · 1 · December 13 at 12:52pm
                          that in aid of? Israeli universities in many fields are among the best   Cynthia Franklin From BARBARA HARLOW (posted to ASA
                          in the world. It’s an own goal which will backfire on you. Shame on      caucus page) in Support of the ASA Resolution
                          you.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 3:41am                                 The ASA’s executive decision at its annual meeting to submit for
                                                                                                   association-wide approval the resolution endorsing and honoring the
                          Sign Net Where I heard before about boycott, yeah! 1933
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                          Like · Reply ·   3 · December 17 at 3:25am                                a clarion call for a renewed commitment to intellectual integrity and
                                                                                                    internationally recognized social and academic justice. Not only the
                          David Sherman It is quite interesting that people who are ill
                                                                                                    protocols of academic freedom, but international human rights
                          informed, uneducated on the issue, lack all regional knowledge,
                                                                                                    conventions as well are at stake in this support for equal Palestinian
                          and have never set foot in Israel, the Palestinian territories, or for
                                                                                                    participation in the scholarly debates and dialogues, however
                          that matter any other part of the Middle East, are so ready to
                                                                                                    controversial, in a historic conflict that continues to seek political
                          pontificate on the human rights of the Palestinian people. The fact
                                                                                                    resolution. The ASA’s support for
                          that Palestinians are more oppressed by their own corrupt governing
                                                                                                    an academic boycott of Israeli institutions signals, indeed sets a
                          structures, and that they have more academic, economic, and
                                                                                                    standard for, new and critical imperatives for a US academic role in
                          political freedom in Israel than in any other country in the middle
                                                                                                    and contributions to a changed and changing world order.
                          east is, I suppose, of little consequence. Add to this that the founder
                          of of the BDS movement, himself attained a degree from one of the
                                                                                                    Barbara Harlow
                          universities that he would have people boycott and you have at least
                                                                                                    University of Texas at Austin
                          profound irony if not an obvious double standard.
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 1 · December 14 at 11:48am
                          It is really quite simple, Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism because the      Cynthia Franklin http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=2299
                          world holds the country of Jews to a completely different standard
                                                                                                    Like · Reply ·   1 · December 14 at 5:05pm
                          than not only its neighbors but any other country in the world. We
                          cannot conflate the two or mistake one for the other because in the       Stefano Iacono This is so hurtful. I hope to study in Israel as an
                          end they are the same. Those who try to separate them, do so              American Jew and now I'm being told that I am (yet again) on
                          singularly to assuage their own feelings of moral decrepitude when        the outside of what it is to be American.
                          they realize that they are little more than common racists hiding
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 5:07am via mobile
                          behind semantics.
                                                                                                    Richard Murray Here's some name calling that is an accurate
                          I encourage the ASA along with all other supporters of the BDS            portrayal of how things are in Israel:
                          movement to at the very least have the courage of their convictions,      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPxv4Aff3IA
                          stand up and admit that what they truly hate: Jews. At least this         Like · Reply · 1 · December 12 at 11:05am
                          would be honest.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 5:01am · Edited                         Selma Gwatkin ASA is hiding antisemitism behind their boycott.
                                                                                                    Free exchange of ideas and knowledge will make mthis a better
                          Dedi Choen shame on you; what a disgrace and hypocrisy!                   world, not exclusion.
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 17 at 1:48am                                Like · Reply · 5 hours ago

                          Mad Hessian Wow, I had no idea there were this many Anti-                 Ethan Schur http://www.thejewishweek.com/.../why-im-
                          Semites in Academia.                                                      boycotting...
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 1:16am                                  Like · Reply · 23 hours ago

                          David Satterfield This is the stuff Nazi Germany was made of!             Scott F Barnett Your resolution and its supporting documents
                          You boast of democracy as you boycott a free state. So Israel is          are wanting. There is no consideration of the fact the Palestinian
                          just supposed to undo all of the sacrifice of centuries just because      Authority has refused to recognize the State of Israel. Further, you
                          someone claims their land? You would side with Iran that would            do not mention the fact Israel captured the lands in question in
                          obliterate Israel if they could? The ASA is the one worthy of boycott!    response to an attack on Israel by the surrounding Arab countries.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 1:05am
                                                                                                    Is this merely a lack of scholarship? If so it does not speak well of
                          Abraham Mercado What a bunch of morons. Boycotting the                    your organization. Otherwise, are you not being political rather than
                          only democracy and hope in the Middle East . What morons!                 sincerely concerned about academic freedom. In either case your
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 1:04am via mobile                       position and statement displays a lack of quality in your
                                                                                                    considerations calling your credibility into question.
                          Joy Johnson-Sehl You are officially boycotted.
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                                                                                                    Rob Cohen Do you want both sides to post here? Do you value
                          Maor Amir oh god!                                                         academic freedom? Do I sense an inconsistency here?
                          well guys, you just made me pack my stuff, buy a ticket, and              Like · Reply · Yesterday at 3:06pm
                          leave.
                          take my american passport, and go to hell.                                     Divest This Actually, I think you'll find that ASA has all but
                                                                                                         abandoned this and any other forum where might have to
                          natzis.                                                                        defend their decision without the benefit of full control over
                          Like · Reply ·   1 · December 17 at 12:28am                                    every microphone and without the ability to restrict what
                                                                                                         information others can see. Kind of strange for an organization
                          Rhoda Sorin Waisel Now that the american studies association                   which claimed it passed this resolution in order to "foster
                          has voted to boycott Israel, please be reminded not to use the                 discussion."
                          discoveries and inventions of Israel - in chemistry, medicine,                 Like · 23 hours ago
                          technology and many other important areas.
                          http://en.wikipedia.org/.../List_of_Israeli_inventions...                        Write a reply...
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                          Brian Greenberg Shameful. Maybe Jewish professors should                  Ronald Markowitz Is it really possible to not have hostility
                          start painting Jewish stars on their doors so that you can tell who       towards an organization who sponsors hate?
                          to boycott at your own university. Israeli academic institutions are      Like · Reply · December 19 at 11:20pm via mobile
                          among the most free in the world in contrast to Arab universities that
                          often do not allow women to participate and which actively expel          Tsvi Gold So of course you'll be boycotting North Korea, Iran,
                          people in the LGBT community.                                             Zimbabwe, China and Russia, because Israel's freedoms can't
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 10:53pm                                 even compare to the horrific atrocities committed against academic
                                                                                                    freedom in those other places, right?
                          John Terry Abraham Foxman: "Targeting Israeli institutions                Like · Reply · December 19 at 9:52am
                          solely because they are in Israel — the only democratic country in
                          the Middle East where scholarship and debate are encouraged and           Tom Kaptain It is hard not to include namecalling, but I would
                          flourish — is manifestly unjust" - How anyone can argue with him, I'll    simply ask a basic question. The Arab states in the area have
                          never know. But these are liberals for you. They are unreasonable,        stated that they want to eliminate Western Culture which is
                          and have been working to destroy our way of life in America and the       corrupting their youth and have refused Israel's attempts to find a
                          rest of the world.                                                        solution through financial compensation. Since Israel is under attack
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 10:42pm                                 and if they were to fall, other countries would then become targets,
                                                                                                    how do you set yourselves up for that? By the way, here is a cartoon
                          Diane Katofsky There, is no debate with people who hate the               that is back on Palestinian television on Saturday morning for
                          people of my tribe. My, dad, had a name for the members of your           anyone stupid enough to think the issue is really about Israel and
                          tribe, "pseudo-intellectuals".                                            living space for the Palestinians. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 10:40pm                                 v=gi-c6lbFGC4
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · December 19 at 2:49am
                          Andrew Rowe Disgraceful anti semantic racism.
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 16 at 10:31pm                                    Tom Kaptain This is probably a better example of their
                                                                                                         propaganda since you claim to be an academic organization.
                          Heidi Kun Sieg Heil ASA!                                                       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkNE__TiMZo
                          Like · Reply ·   3 · December 16 at 10:21pm                                    Like · December 19 at 3:03am
                          Marty Weiss Would you rather be a Palestinian living in Israel or              Tom Kaptain I also liked this one.
                          a Tibetan living under Chinese rule? Now tell me about human                   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUrAN5z7bm8
                          rights! If that's not good enough tell me about Syria, Lebanon,                Like · December 19 at 3:09am
                          Tunisia, Libya! You pick Israel who per capita has more Nobel prize
                          winners than any other country. What a disgrace!                                 Write a reply...
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                          Steven Ebert This is shameful. But since you want to boycott              Graham Wines Stanford University
                          Israel, make sure you do it properly and don't use anything               University of Texas, Austin
                          invented in Israel, such as: voicemail, Instant Messenger, Intel          New York University
                          Pentium chip processors, USB flashdrive, laser keyboard, Waze (the        University of California
                          most popular GPS application for mobile devices), etc.                    Yale University




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                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 16 at 10:06pm                                 Northwestern University
                                                                                                      Wesleyan University
                          Noah Asher Nazi motherfuckers!!!                                            Arizona State University
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 16 at 9:56pm                                  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
                                                                                                      Bryn Mawr College
                          Rochelle E. Michaels .
                                                                                                      University of Washington, Seattle
                          56 Islamic states, all conquered by their islamic sword.
                                                                                                      University of California, Berkeley
                          56 Islamic states and NOT ONE is a democracy.
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · December 18 at 8:38pm
                          56 Islamic states, all are intolerant and oppressive.
                                                                                                      Graham Wines We have today requested all associated
                          One (1) Tiny Jewish State, Israel, a decent and civil society which         organisations to stop employing graduates from the following
                          has the International Legal Rights to the land and yet you choose to        Universities:-
                          boycott their academics!! In the 1930's you would have all been             Like · Reply · December 18 at 8:38pm
                          welcomed members of the Nazi party for hating a group of people,
                          only because they were Jews.                                                William Stroock http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 9:53pm · Edited                           v=qe9azPvEB6c ADA meeting, Illinois Chapter.
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · December 18 at 3:45pm
                          Cyril Gordon Shameful.
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 16 at 9:51pm                                  Karen Keyser I am quite disturbed to hear of your boycott of
                                                                                                      Israeli Academic Institutions.
                          Amanda Herman I would like the list of schools who are going                Unlike all of the Arab countries , including Palestine, Israel is a
                          to participate in this boycott. I want to make sure my children will        democratic country. It's academic institutions are among the best in
                          not be applying to those who perpetuate hatred of one of the most           the world. Women have equal rights and hold leadership positions in
                          productive countries in the world! Have no fear Israel will live on         every aspect of society.
                          inspire of all your efforts to cease their existence.                       I'm not sure what this organization is trying to accomplish by this
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 9:49pm via mobile                         boycott. If you are boycotting these institutions for your stated
                                                                                                      reasons, I hope you will consider boycotting educational and cultural
                          Etty Benartzy Hahaahaha this is too funny. Pry do tell, HOW                 institutions of other countries which have been proven to deny the
                          MUCH MONEY DID SAUDI ARABIA BESTOW ON YOU FOR THIS                          fundamental freedoms you assume are being denied.
                          BOYCOTT? DO you even have the courage gritt or honesty to admit
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · December 18 at 2:49pm via mobile
                          to the public what really drove you to this resolve? Because,
                          considering how human spirit is crushed in all Arab countries, in           Alyssa Cohen Kaplan I hope you next boycott China, which
                          African countries, in china, Iran and yet... Israel, the only democratic,   imprisons dissenting academics. Iran which executes dissenting
                          enlightened, tolerant and free country in the middle east is the one        academics Russia Cuba whose universities have no dissenting
                          being boycotted. Might as well boycott England and France as well           academics, Saudi Arabia, whose academic institutions refuse to hire
                          not to mention USA itself. Since obviously DEMOCRACY is a bad word          women, gay or Christian academics and the Palestinian Authority,
                          in your agenda. Your organization just became a farce.                      whose colleges refuse to allow open discourse regarding the Israeli-
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 9:54pm · Edited                           Palestinian conflict
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · December 18 at 2:43pm
                          Victor Skormin These morons do not know what they are
                          doing. This is an additional proof that wisdom is limited but               Ed Shackeroff Blatant anti semitic policy.
                          stupidity is boundless. Israel, America, science and education will not     Like · Reply · December 18 at 12:45pm
                          be impacted by this. The only impacted are the students who pay
                          money to be educated by these idiots                                        William Stroock You know who else has unanimous elections?
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 9:56pm · Edited                           Cuba! North Korea! Saddam's Iraq.
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · December 18 at 10:39am
                          Erin Nekervis There’s nothing cutting-edge or transnational
                          about boycotting scholars on the basis of their national origin.            William Stroock http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 7:45pm                                    v=HrombDUtOYY The ASA in action, 11/9/38
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · December 18 at 10:11am
                          Dima Feinhaus Haters will hate, but is there a hope? The same
                          way commies should be sent to Cuba for a year without their trust           William Stroock Good morning, ASA, hate any Jews today?
                          fund dollars, racist anti-Semites should be sent to one of those            Like · Reply · December 18 at 7:50am
                          blessed countries of the Middle East, be that Gaza, Lebanon, West
                          Bank, or Jordan, etc. No, no ... not to work for some silly NGO -- for      William Stroock Delete this, Jew hater.
                          real. I wish to see whether their attitudes and theories would              Like · Reply · December 17 at 10:20pm
                          change.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 7:32pm                                    Ben Gutkin How about posting the names of those who support
                                                                                                      the boycott and the institutions where they teach? Just want to
                          Gregg Sanford The anti Israel vote will get more negative press             make sure I know how my tuition is spent. I believe the institutions
                          toward your organization than you could possibly imagine. Your              generally pay for individual membership.
                          organization is a disgrace how dare you!                                    Like · Reply · December 17 at 5:29pm
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                          Michael Karp Your ignorance is only surpassed by your stupidity!
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 16 at 7:12pm
                                                                                                      Marcus Armstrong I've asked this in a few other places, but I'll
                          Harry Shaw Why doesnt your organization put signs on Israeli                ask it here, too, in hopes of establishing a dialogue with someone.
                          university campuses saying "Jewish school..do not get your                  To begin the dialogue, will someone provide a list of specific
                          education here"                                                             agreements/international laws which Israel violated to encourage this
                                                                                                      boycott?
                          If that doesn't work why not just break some windows on these               Like · Reply · December 17 at 1:12pm
                          Israeli campuses.
                                                                                                      Andrew Dougherty http://on.wsj.com/1bLNc2f
                          Does this remind you bigots of anything?                                    Like · Reply · December 17 at 7:29am via mobile
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                                                                                                      Nurit Ben Aharon 16% of those who voted, that is. I read that
                          Harry Shaw Shame on you! You probably also would have                       only 25% of the membership voted.
                          supported the 1938 Nuremberg laws of Nazi Germany. Will begin               Like · Reply · December 17 at 8:41am · Edited
                          a petition to remove your 501 status.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 5:56pm                                    Nurit Ben Aharon It was not unanimous. It was 16%. You are
                                                                                                      so dumb.
                          Evan Samuel Heimlich All stakeholders in American Studies                   Like · Reply · December 17 at 6:25am
                          now best hope that the Resolution indeed serves its proclaimed
                          cause, mainly for the sake of social justice plus to justify the            John Spike Thanks for the update.... NOW GO FRACK
                          attendant sacrifices—not only of a collaboration including all degree       YOURSELVES...COMRADES !!
                          programs in American Studies, but also sacrifices of American               Like · Reply · December 16 at 11:18pm
                          Studies professionally as political science or as Area Studies.
                                                                                                      Tariq Dana http://rt.com/usa/scholar-academic-boycott-israel-
                          In the interest of American Studies and the ASA, where did the              vote-347/
                          National Council’s pronouncements here show any deference to                Like · Reply · December 16 at 10:22pm
                          Middle Eastern Studies or its associations? After all, why should
                                                                                                      Noah Asher Sieg Heil ASA!! Welcome to the ranks of Jobbik,
                          anyone respect scholars’ expertise in American Studies if, facing
                                                                                                      Ataka, National Front, Golden Dawn!! You are in wonderful
                          crucial questions of a knowledge-area that is surely not merely the
                                                                                                      company.
                          purview of American Studies, ASA pronouncements declined to cite
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · December 16 at 9:58pm
                          any other Area Studies?
                                                                                                      John Tuinman many reactions against the boycot but not one
                          Anyway, a fair assessment today might admit that the ASA                    word about the palestinian situation, no empathy at all. how is
                          membership overwhelmingly chose not to support the proposal.                that? blind spot perhaps? if one reads the facts one would
                          About 80% of the membership either declined to vote or registered a         understand that the boycots in different countries is more a wake-up
                          vote of non-support.                                                        call....and not anti-semiticism. so, wake up!!!!
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · December 16 at 9:39pm
                          The dissent was substantial. Of the voters, ultimately a third
                          registered non-support, so surely it is fair to say that the                Austin Reid https://www.facebook.com/... A little something to
                          overwhelming majority of voters supported the proposal: but was not         see
                          fair, in the run-up to the referendum, for the National Council to          Like · Reply · December 16 at 5:43pm
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                          Resolution.”                                                              Karam Aidy 1 big step towards brighter days for humans
                                                                                                    everywhere. Thank you, this was a very courageous decision. I
                          It is clear that at the open forum, only 16% of the speakers dared to     suggest to everyone to educate themselves on PALESTINE and
                          oppose the Resolution, but in the referendum, 34% of voters actively      ZIONISM. The rest will come to you. Israel is a terrorist state. Please
                          declared non-support: in an anonymous referendum, surely the              educate yourselves about their horrendous crimes against humanity,
                          matter would have been even closer.                                       and systematic genocide against the Palestinians. Do not listen to
                                                                                                    these butt-hurt proxy accounts set up by the Israeli government. I'm
                          The National Council presented members with the choice of jumping         sure many of us in academia would love to debate the Palestinian
                          on the bandwagon, staying silent, or being overwhelmed not merely         cause extensively. If only it weren't semesters end. ANTI-ZIONISM
                          by numbers. How many members refrained from voting due to                 IS NOT ANTISEMITISM. ZIONISM IS NOT JUDAISM. free palestine
                          concern that ASA officers would use their vote against them? How
                          relevant here was the actual move by certain members of the               Like · Reply ·   1 · December 16 at 3:03pm via mobile
                          National Council to check the ASA records of seven past presidents
                          who publicly opposed the Resolution and then “out” some of them as        Nealhugh Hurwitz ASA Members Vote To Endorse Academic
                          not current in their annual dues?                                         Boycott of Israel

                          Of the 426 voters who did not favor the Resolution, most so far have      The members of the American Studies Association have endorsed
                          not outed themselves. Will the National Council offer any assurances      the Association’s participation in a boycott of Israeli academic
                          to them? Are Council members accessing the voting records?                institutions. In an election that attracted 1252 voters, the largest
                                                                                                    number of participants in the organization’s history, 66.05% of voters
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 5:31pm
                                                                                                    endorsed the resolution, while 30.5% of voters voted no and 3.43%
                          Sandra Robinson Gandsman The discourse on this page is                    abstained. The election was a response to the ASA National Council’s
                          rather sad. For the most part, the 'distinguished professors"             announcement on December 4 that it supported the academic
                          appear to have more of a political agenda than an academic agenda.        boycott and, in an unprecedented action to ensure a democratic
                          I applaud the work of Senator Kerry and organizations such as             process, asked its membership for their approval. Please see the ASA
                          JStreet who are trying to find solutions rather than continuing the       website for a collection of supporting documents.
                          same old rants. And for the person who thinks there is a "so              Like · Reply · December 16 at 11:52am
                          called"anti semitism, shame on him. Two people, one land, both
                          victims of discrimination and hatred. Does this organization of                Nealhugh Hurwitz veryyy sad................................. not a
                          "Scholars" find the discourse here to be worthy of any standards.              good decision at all...
                          Boycotting will only stiffen the backs of the right wing and will              Like · December 16 at 11:52am
                          ultimately stifle the voices of people like David Grossman and Amos
                          Oz and hundreds more like them. Your organization has done                       Write a reply...
                          absolutely nothing to enhance and open dialogue. But many of you
                          certainly take great pride in your unanimous endorsement of a
                                                                                                    Edith Goldman Interesting that Abbas rejects a boycott on
                          boycott. Sadly there is no Mandela among any of you.
                                                                                                    Israel yet you don't. I suppose you know more about moving
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 5:30pm                                  forward toward peace that he does.
                          Michael Blatt Hey Assholes! Why don't you go all in an not use            Like · Reply · December 16 at 10:55am
                          any of the technology that comes from Israeli academics. You so
                                                                                                    Nealhugh Hurwitz Scholars’ Group to Disclose Result of Vote on
                          called academics are a disgrace. why not boycott Israeli medical
                                                                                                    an Academic Boycott of Israel
                          innovations AS WELL.
                                                                                                    By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, NY Times
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 4:29pm                                  December 15, 2013
                          Richard Jones Simply silly.
                                                                                                    A growing campaign among American professors to isolate Israel
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 16 at 4:06pm
                                                                                                    reaches a milestone on Monday when a large group of scholars is
                          Michael Erlich It is apparent that you can be a professor and             expected to reveal whether its members endorsed an academic
                          still be ignorant. I read some of the comments on the ASA                 boycott of Israel to protest Israeli treatment of Palestinians.
                          website and I was amazed to read how learned professors don't
                          really know what they are supporting. A real disgrace to your             The American Studies Association’s national council voted
                          association.                                                              unanimously on Dec. 4 in favor of a boycott resolution, and put the
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 4:03pm                                  matter to a vote of its almost 5,000 members, who had until Sunday
                                                                                                    night to cast their ballots online. The group’s stance has pitted
                          Melissa Gleissner Shame!                                                  scholars and organizations against one another in a heated debate
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 16 at 3:58pm                                about the ethics of academic boycotts, the motives behind the
                                                                                                    campaign and whether Israel is being singled out unfairly.
                          Yoni Glaser The problem with this boycott is that it's too
                          ambiguous. The boycott relies on empty words like freedom,                The movement to cut off relations with Israeli academic and cultural
                          Palestine, etc. that are not defined. How does the ASA define             institutions dates back a decade, but organizers say it was not until
                          Palestine? What is the definition of freedom they choose to protect       April that an American academic group of any size, the Association
                          (e.g. how many Jews are attending Palestinian universities versus the     for Asian American Studies, endorsed a boycott. The Modern
                          number of Palestinians attending Israeli universities)? You'd think       Language Association’s annual meeting next month will include a
                          that an academic organization would apply more rigor to their             discussion session on academic boycotts, and it will consider a
                          decision making and be clearer about their intent.                        motion critical of Israel for restricting professors’ freedom to visit
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 3:48pm                                  Palestinian universities.

                          Jeffrey Segal Despicable you.                                             Boycott supporters concede that resolutions by professors’ groups
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 16 at 3:14pm                                are primarily symbolic, as long as no American college or university
                                                                                                    supports such an action. The proposed boycott calls on American
                          Alex Dickman You are fools and imbeciles.                                 schools and academic groups to ban collaboration with Israeli
                          What has done the great leadership of the Palestinians - Hamas?           institutions, but individual Israeli scholars would still be able to
                          Did it create any academic foundations with the funds it received         attend conferences, lecture at American universities or do research
                          from the entire world? No, it is being spent on terror.                   with American colleagues, as long as they did not officially represent
                          Instead of using universities and schools for progressing the people,     Israeli universities or the government.
                          it teaches terror and uses those schools as shelters when firing
                          rockets on their neighbors.                                               The American Studies Association has never before called for an
                          Those 5,000 votes are coming out of ignorance. The BBC and CNN            academic boycott of any nation’s universities, said Curtis Marez, the
                          aren't lie-proof, they write whatever suits their causes best, and the    group’s president and an associate professor of ethnic studies at the
                          pockets of their CEOs. Take a trip to the Middle-East, see for yourself   University of California, San Diego. He did not dispute that many
                          one pf the many campuses in Israel and compare it to the terror-          nations, including many of Israel’s neighbors, are generally judged to
                          schools in the Gaza Strip.                                                have human rights records that are worse than Israel’s, or
                                                                                                    comparable, but he said, “one has to start somewhere.”
                          Shame on you, you disgrace America.
                                                                                                    He argued that the United States has “a particular responsibility to
                          P.S., want some substance? Happy reading.                                 answer the call for boycott because it is the largest supplier of
                          http://www.idfblog.com/.../hamas-takes-charity-money.../                  military aid to the state of Israel.” While acknowledging that the
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 16 at 3:07pm                                  same could be said of a number of oppressive governments, past and
                                                                                                    present, he said that in those countries, civil society groups had not
                          Olivia Becker Also, as a Jewish American myself; declaring the
                                                                                                    asked his association for a boycott, as Palestinian groups have.
                          ASA as "anti-Semitic" or "racist" because they decided to publicly
                          honor the Palestinian's right to equal rights, justice, and an end to
                                                                                                    The singular focus on Israel has become the most pointed part of the
                          occupation is so outrageously ignorant and callous it is almost hard
                                                                                                    boycott debate, with opponents seeing signs of anti-Semitism —
                          to believe. If nothing else, the point of the BDS movement is to
                                                                                                    which supporters vehemently deny — and arguing that the real aim
                          move towards a more educated discourse about this issue instead of
                                                                                                    of Palestinian boycott backers is not to change Israel’s behavior, but
                          constant, baseless accusations such as those. Check your privilege.
                                                                                                    to eliminate the state.
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 19 at 12:11am

                          Olivia Becker WOW this is truly such an amazing and brave step            On the Charlie Rose show on PBS on Wednesday, Lawrence H.
                          forward towards bringing this issue finally into the mainstream,          Summers, the former Harvard University president and former
                          thank you ASA. I hope this will lead to more open discussion about        treasury secretary, disparaged “the idea that of all the countries in
                          Israel's policies of discrimination, oppression, illegal occupation and   the world that might be thought to have human rights abuses, that
                          war crimes. And for everyone who is saying this decision impedes          might be thought to have inappropriate foreign policies, that might
                          "open academic dialogue", may I remind you that "open academic            be thought to be doing things wrong, the idea that there’s only one
                          dialogue" has so far been a privilege that Palestinians are not           that is worthy of boycott, and that is Israel.”
                          granted, simply because these institutions are the ones that foster




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                          oppression and segregation. These types of non-violent actions are          He called for a kind of reverse boycott, saying that universities
                          EXACTLY what brings about changes to these systems of apartheid             should reconsider paying for faculty members to belong to the
                          and Jim Crow laws. What could possibly be a better way to honor             American Studies Association or to participate in its events.
                          Mandela's legacy than this?
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 19 at 12:04am                                   The American Association of University Professors, with 48,000
                                                                                                      members, has reiterated its stance against academic boycotts, which
                          Lena Ibrahim On academic freedom and the BDS movement to                    it said “strike directly at the free exchange of ideas,” and not at
                          boycott apartheid Israel. THANKS ASA, for standing on the side of           those responsible for oppression, stifling precisely the kind of
                          justice! http://ow.ly/rOboX                                                 interaction that would aid human rights. The association has noted
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 19 at 12:37am via mobile                        that during the apartheid era, it backed economic boycotts of South
                                                                                                      Africa, but not academic ones.
                          Alex Ellefson Thank you ASA for your brave decision. While
                          there are so many countries in the world that committ human                 The push for an academic boycott is an outgrowth of a broader
                          rights abuses, Israel is the only one that committs those abuses            campaign against Israel called the B.D.S. movement, which calls for
                          without receiving sanctions or other forms of preasure from the             boycotts, disinvestment and sanctions, much like those against South
                          international communty. The ASA must be applauded for supporting            Africa in the 1980s.
                          Palestinian human rights and opening up the discussion about the
                          Israel/Palestine conflict.                                                  The academic boycott movement has drawn far more attention in
                          Like · Reply · 5 · December 19 at 12:01am                                   Britain, beginning in 2002, when two academic journals fired Israeli
                                                                                                      professors from their boards because of their nationality. There have
                          Aaron Bitterman Boycott the universities these professors teach
                                                                                                      been several strong attempts in Britain’s largest higher-education
                          at. Call and write to every university administration that is
                                                                                                      labor group, the University and College Union, to put its weight
                          involved in this catastrophe. The professors should be fired, as their
                                                                                                      behind a boycott.
                          university campuses are UNSAFE for Jewish students.
                                                                                                      In May, the physicist Stephen W. Hawking withdrew from a
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                                                                                                      conference in Israel, in support of the boycott.
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                                                                                                      Dima Feinhaus http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                          Mark Davidson Israeli Universities: Boycotters vs. Supporters -
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                          http://www.facebook.com/MidEastTruth/posts/773657675981915
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 5:11am · Edited                               Nealhugh Hurwitz NYT Scholars’ Group to Disclose Result of
                                                                                                      Vote on an Academic Boycott of Israel
                          Ian Ross L I'm confused. Based on your logic, if f you choose to
                                                                                                      By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
                          boycott Israel "academically" and the founder (Omar Barghouti) of
                                                                                                      Published: December 15, 2013
                          the BDS Movement is enrolled at Tel Aviv University, I guess you
                          should boycott Mr Barghouti...and the BDS movment as a result.
                                                                                                      A growing campaign among American professors to isolate Israel
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 5:38pm                                    reaches a milestone on Monday when a large group of scholars is
                          Henry Max Goodelman                                                         expected to reveal whether its members endorsed an academic
                          http://www.tabletmag.com/.../brandeis-withdraws-from...                     boycott of Israel to protest Israeli treatment of Palestinians.
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                          Stanislav Lenskiy ASA is a group of liberal imbeciles!!!                    Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines.
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                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 9:52am                                        The American Studies Association’s national council voted
                                                                                                      unanimously on Dec. 4 in favor of a boycott resolution, and put the
                          Bonnie Stinson Thank you for standing with Palestine against                matter to a vote of its almost 5,000 members, who had until Sunday
                          Israeli occupation! You are setting a powerful example, and I               night to cast their ballots online. The group’s stance has pitted
                          stand with you.                                                             scholars and organizations against one another in a heated debate
                          Like · Reply · 4 · December 18 at 11:13pm via mobile                        about the ethics of academic boycotts, the motives behind the
                                                                                                      campaign and whether Israel is being singled out unfairly.
                          Gordon Jay Bronitsky Now that ASA has approved
                          discrimination based on national origin, perhaps the time has               The movement to cut off relations with Israeli academic and cultural
                          come for serious consideration of whether Jews and Israelis should          institutions dates back a decade, but organizers say it was not until
                          be allowed to be members.                                                   April that an American academic group of any size, the Association
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 2:16pm                                    for Asian American Studies, endorsed a boycott. The Modern
                                                                                                      Language Association’s annual meeting next month will include a
                               Ness Carroll And then, of course, African
                                                                                                      discussion session on academic boycotts, and it will consider a
                               Americans........should they be members in the South ? Oh,
                                                                                                      motion critical of Israel for restricting professors’ freedom to visit
                               wait a minute, the President is an African American........no, let's
                                                                                                      Palestinian universities.
                               just target Israel........but wait........don't the Christmas Carols
                               sing "Born is the King of Israel".......so NO Christian Educational
                                                                                                      Boycott supporters concede that resolutions by professors’ groups
                               Institutions either !!@
                                                                                                      are primarily symbolic, as long as no American college or university
                               Like · 2 · December 16 at 2:41pm                                       supports such an action. The proposed boycott calls on American
                                                                                                      schools and academic groups to ban collaboration with Israeli
                                 Write a reply...                                                     institutions, but individual Israeli scholars would still be able to
                                                                                                      attend conferences, lecture at American universities or do research
                          Cristina Soler Crespo http://www.theguardian.com/.../us-                    with American colleagues, as long as they did not officially represent
                          american-studies...                                                         Israeli universities or the government.
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 7:13pm
                                                                                                      The American Studies Association has never before called for an
                          Cristina Soler Crespo THANKS ! your courage and solidarity is               academic boycott of any nation’s universities, said Curtis Marez, the
                          an exemple to the World !!!                                                 group’s president and an associate professor of ethnic studies at the
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 6:51pm                                        University of California, San Diego. He did not dispute that many
                                                                                                      nations, including many of Israel’s neighbors, are generally judged to
                          Eyal Nevo Really? 1414 likes. Why are we wasting our time                   have human rights records that are worse than Israel’s, or
                          here...                                                                     comparable, but he said, “one has to start somewhere.”
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 5:05pm
                                                                                                      He argued that the United States has “a particular responsibility to
                          Raphael Fils http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-                       answer the call for boycott because it is the largest supplier of
                          1.563920                                                                    military aid to the state of Israel.” While acknowledging that the
                          Like · Reply · December 16 at 7:26pm                                        same could be said of a number of oppressive governments, past and
                                                                                                      present, he said that in those countries, civil society groups had not
                          Abdulrahman Abu Nahel Great             Thank you
                                                                                                      asked his association for a boycott, as Palestinian groups have.
                          Like · Reply · December 16 at 6:24pm

                          Yael Lieber Hi Amber nice try on that one many Israelis are                 The singular focus on Israel has become the most pointed part of the
                          Mizrahi or Sephardi or African meaning come from the Middle East            boycott debate, with opponents seeing signs of anti-Semitism —
                          and Africa ... We are part of the Jewish diaspora too and were              which supporters vehemently deny — and arguing that the real aim
                          oppressed, threatened, massacred and expelled from our homes.               of Palestinian boycott backers is not to change Israel’s behavior, but
                          The Jewish nakba was larger than the Palestinian one yet the world          to eliminate the state.
                          didn't care of course. Israel gave us shelter, freedom , a home ...we
                          now make up more than 50% of the Israeli population. That is                On the Charlie Rose show on PBS on Wednesday, Lawrence H.
                          Zionism : wanting to not be under the yoke of a hostile population          Summers, the former Harvard University president and former
                          that always treats you as an enemy. BDS doesn't get to re-write             treasury secretary, disparaged “the idea that of all the countries in
                          history or tell us what "most Jews" think. Palestinian self                 the world that might be thought to have human rights abuses, that
                          determination does not need to exclude Jewish self determination ...        might be thought to have inappropriate foreign policies, that might
                          It never needed to...but you BDS folks will never understand that.          be thought to be doing things wrong, the idea that there’s only one
                                                                                                      that is worthy of boycott, and that is Israel.”
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                          Alan Tafler One good thing came out of this. More and more do               He called for a kind of reverse boycott, saying that universities
                          appreciate majoring in engineering to have avoided individual who           should reconsider paying for faculty members to belong to the
                          inhabit this so called educational organization. Blinded or just plain      American Studies Association or to participate in its events.
                          stupid by their own self-righteousness.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 6:11pm · Edited                               The American Association of University Professors, with 48,000




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                                                                                                      members, has reiterated its stance against academic boycotts, which
                               Don Leonard “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not                    it said “strike directly at the free exchange of ideas,” and not at
                               ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”                           those responsible for oppression, stifling precisely the kind of
                               ― Stephen Hawking                                                      interaction that would aid human rights. The association has noted
                               Like · 1 · Yesterday at 9:31am                                         that during the apartheid era, it backed economic boycotts of South
                                                                                                      Africa, but not academic ones.
                               Alan Tafler Thanks Don, sums it up quite nicely!
                               Like · 1 · Yesterday at 12:19pm                                        The push for an academic boycott is an outgrowth of a broader
                                                                                                      campaign against Israel called the B.D.S. movement, which calls for
                               Don Leonard sure does Alan...educate yourself to the facts,
                                                                                                      boycotts, disinvestment and sanctions, much like those against South
                               alrighty?
                                                                                                      Africa in the 1980s.
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwp1eZ-dtwc
                                                                                                      The academic boycott movement has drawn far more attention in
                               Like · 21 hours ago                                                    Britain, beginning in 2002, when two academic journals fired Israeli
                                                                                                      professors from their boards because of their nationality. There have
                                 Write a reply...                                                     been several strong attempts in Britain’s largest higher-education
                                                                                                      labor group, the University and College Union, to put its weight
                          Rich Penner Ok don Leonard the Israel hater. Which I doubt has              behind a boycott.
                          much to so with the Palestinians but just the fact that Israel
                          exists. So Israel is going to deport illegal immigrants? The us did this    In May, the physicist Stephen W. Hawking withdrew from a
                          to about 2 million folks last year. Maybe you should boycott the US,        conference in Israel, in support of the boycott.
                          and sure Ethiopian Jews may have issues in Israel. In case you              Like · Reply · December 16 at 10:14am
                          hadn't noticed African Americans and Latinos encounter racism in the
                                                                                                      Yuri Leschev Very courageous! These would be proud!
                          us. Again u Need to boycott the US, What you fail to mention is the
                          millions of dollars and huge logistical efforts "racist" Israel undertook
                                                                                                      http://www.its-arolsen.org/.../bilder_for/2013/Boykott.jpg
                          to rescue these Ethiopian Jews. Oops, forgot about that. I think most
                          of them would agree they are much better off in Israel. You don't           Like · Reply · December 16 at 9:19am
                          seem to care about the slave laborers in Saudi Arabia, the abuse of         Aaron Bitterman http://legalinsurrection.com/.../tax-exempt-
                          women and migrant workers across the Arab world. Oh wait, I                 status-of.../
                          forgot. You are not boycotting them because you are all hypocrites
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 12:19am
                          with double standards.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 11:30am via mobile                            Eric Feldkamp https://www.youtube.com/watch?
                                                                                                      feature=player_embedded...
                          Rich Penner And note there never was a "Palestine" before
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · December 15 at 9:18pm
                          1967. No one cared when Jordan had the West Bank. Oh yeh and
                          Jews were not allowed to visit Jerusalem and Jewish cemeteries were         Eric Peters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8N7PkX-PAk
                          desecrated.                                                                 Like · Reply · December 15 at 8:02pm
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 11:23am via mobile
                                                                                                      Eric Peters Jewish Voice for Peace is the only national Jewish
                          Joshua Alan Groll Well, at least an institution with global power           organization that provides a voice for Jews and allies who believe
                          has it's head in the right place!                                           that peace in the Middle East will be achieved through justice and full
                                                                                                      equality for both Palestinians and Israelis. With offices in New York
                          http://www.jpost.com/.../Israel-voted-full-member-of-CERN...                and California, 100,000 online activists, chapters across the country
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 2:49am · Edited                               and an Advisory Board comprised of numerous prominent Jewish
                                                                                                      thinkers and artists, JVP supports nonviolent efforts here and in
                          Shira Sandomire Naiditch
                                                                                                      Israel-Palestine to end Israel’s Occupation, expand human and civil
                          http://www.tabletmag.com/.../brandeis-withdraws-from...
                                                                                                      rights, and implement a US policy based on international law and
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 12:34am                                       democracy. Here is JVP's statement in support of BDS:
                          Jill Cunniff Remember, The Holocaust started with a boycott.
                                                                                                      http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/content/jvp-issues#1
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                          Ariella Butler Hey Chloe, there was one of these nutso's saying
                                                                                                      John Dowdle I salute the ASA for having the maturity to
                          they should boycott American Academics who support Israel too.
                                                                                                      recognize that US support for Zionist crimes should be brought to
                          I should go get the quote. Can you believe? Will they boycott Arab
                                                                                                      an end. Long may you continue to shine the light of intellectual
                          Israelis too, or just Jewish ones. Many Arab Israeli professors,.
                                                                                                      honesty on the dark recesses of unspeakable actions.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 9:50am · Edited
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                          Alan Tafler http://www.tabletmag.com/.../the-american-
                                                                                                      John Dowdle Not all Israelis are Jews and not all Jews are
                          studies...
                                                                                                      Israelis. As a British national, I accept that Britain's record has
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 3:36am                                        certainly been chequered. There have been events - like the Balfour
                          Bob Lamb In case you're wondering where Richard Murray gets                 Declaration - where Britain has definitely been the source of real
                          his information from, I just found out the answer on his home               problems. I feel no need to defend the actions of British forces in
                          page: http://electronicintifada.net                                         Kenya in the 1950s or in Iraq in the 1980s or anywhere else for that
                                                                                                      matter where British forces were engaged in war crimes and crimes
                          Like · Reply · December 16 at 8:32pm
                                                                                                      against humanity. It is the sign of a mature country that we can
                          Henry Max Goodelman https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?                     accept responsibility for wrongs we have perpetrated in the past.
                          fbid=10152071328729691&set=a.113159474690.93211.8798177469                  Israel appears incapable of accepting responsibility for the wrongs it
                          0&type=1&theater                                                            committed during the Nakba, Naksa and ever since in places like
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 1:56pm                                    Gaza and the West Bank. Israeli institutions, including universities,
                                                                                                      have colluded in these atrocities and covering them up afterwards.
                          David Eisenberg The ignorance and racism behind this                        Like · Reply · December 15 at 6:33pm
                          endorsement is tragic, and does nothing to further the cause of
                          peace or reconciliation.                                                    Leora Kaufman http://www.timesofisrael.com/?p=784842
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 3:29pm                                        Like · Reply · December 15 at 12:23pm

                          Ariella Butler I am not here to defend Israel. She has every                Charles Keating The former president of Harvard, and ardent
                          right to exist and to defend herself from terror and settle her own         Zionist, Lawrence Summers recently told Charlie Rose that the
                          disputes. THIS however is an AMERICAN STUDIES organization. This            boycott is "antisemitism, in effect." He does not realize that Israel is
                          is America, not your proxy warground. The ASA is not about your             not "the Jews." The US gives Israel more aid than it gives any other
                          personal war or your politics. It is for Academics of American Studies      country although it's the size of NJ and is a ember of the top tier
                          to share and explore the subject and cohesiveness of American               economic nations and is both nuclear armed and with a conventional
                          Studies through scholarly journals and other contributions. It is not in    military that the US makes sure always has the latest weapons (thus
                          the Mandate of this organization to be a political arm against nations      assuring an arms race in the ME). An American can criticize his own
                          states. A BOYCOTT of ANY Nation or her Academic institutions does           country's regime, and he or she can also criticize Israel. Calling such
                          not belong here.                                                            a critic an anti-semite, or implying they are motivated by jew-hatred
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 4:32am · Edited                               shows how weak the case is for Israel's ongoing rogue conduct.
                                                                                                      Like · Reply · December 15 at 9:48am
                          Dana Garfunkel Sonis This is disgusting. what a disgrace.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 10:16pm                                       Evan Samuel Heimlich If the ASA were a community of inquiry,
                                                                                                      then where are its open questions here today?
                          Gilaad Matar Shameful. Absolutely shameful expression of
                          antisemitism.                                                               Why, while the ASA National Council has invited active ASA members
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 9:36pm                                        to declare by name their support or not for the boycott proposal,
                                                                                                      have members of the Council framed the choice as a personal litmus
                          David Michalowski You are making a gravely mistake!!                        test for social-justice integrity? On what basis does any ASA officer
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 10:32am                                       publicly endorse the claim that AAUP stalwarts like Jonathan
                                                                                                      Freedman or Cary Nelson do no work towards ending the violent
                          Jennifer Lunos Dennen Jonah, my dad went to college at                      injustice that is daily perpetrated against Palestinians?
                          Moorehead! How crazy! Jonah Pearson
                          Like · Reply · December 16 at 10:46pm via mobile · Edited                   What is the point of anyone saying that someone else--someone who
                                                                                                      publicly condemns the occupation, settlements, and associated
                          Yoav Green You have a problem with Human rights- how about
                                                                                                      injustices--has not done enough? My social-justice work needs to
                          you boycott this??
                                                                                                      satisfy someone else? Voting for this boycott would be enough? If I
                          http://www.reuters.com/.../us-uganda-law-homosexuals...
                                                                                                      also vigorously advocate for divestment campaigns and support the
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                                                                                                       SJPs who are doing so?
                          A-Engler Anderson Regressing from Postmodernism to old-
                          fashioned, New Left antipathy toward Jews and Israel?                        May I get extra credit for my work opposing WalMart or the Gates’
                          Like · Reply · 1 · 7 hours ago                                               Foundation?

                          Richard Becker http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/four-reasons-to-               Don’t we in American Studies already know that the AAUP’s definition
                          hate-the.../                                                                 of “academic freedom” is relatively basic and conservative? Why is
                          Like · Reply · 15 hours ago                                                  nobody here asking what advantages it might hold for our shared
                                                                                                       purposes?
                               Don Leonard Nope, we just don't like to see children
                               murdered, we don't like apartheid, we don't like land thieves,          Is our speech free? Is our academic work free?
                               and we don't like countries that build nuclear and chemical
                               weapons, and refuse to sign non-proliferation agreements.               Is the National Council of the ASA claiming privileged access to
                                                                                                       universality, in pursuit of a particular agenda?
                               And oh ya, we understand the Christian apologists as well...self
                               interest of course. For foolish beliefs systems.                        Seven years ago I and Patrick O’Brien intensively lobbied ASA officers
                                                                                                       —including many of the current National Council members—for help
                               "According to the author of “Christian Zionism: Road-map to             facing oppression of nonJapanese residents of Japan. As very active,
                               Armageddon?” (InterVarsity Press, 2004) Revd. Dr. Stephen               longtime members of ASA, the most common advice we got from the
                               Sizer, writing in the Middle East Monitor on last August 1,             ASA leadership was . . . to take our concerns to the AAUP.

                               “The origins of the movement can be traced to the early 19th            Why are some of the same people who in 2007 referred Patrick
                               century when a group of eccentric British Christian leaders             O’Brien and I to the AAUP—*citing the AAUP’s work defending the
                               began to lobby for Jewish restoration to Palestine as a                 interests of academics*—now attacking the AAUP as corrupt in this
                               necessary precondition for the return of Christ… Christian              very regard, and claiming for the ASA forms of representativeness
                               Zionism therefore preceded Jewish Zionism by more than 50               they disclaimed in 2007?
                               years. Some of Theodore Herzl’s strongest advocates were
                               Christian clergy.” Dr. Sizer headlined his article, “Christian          O’Brien and I faced what had been widely condemned as Japan’s
                               Zionism: The Heresy that Undermines Middle East Peace.”"                “academic apartheid.” Our employers then, in lockstep with many
                                                                                                       others across Japan, had moved to demote certain categories of
                               http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-de-zionization.../5356184              nonJapanese professors: the demotions specified that henceforth our
                               Like · 9 hours ago                                                      only recognized qualifications were as “native speakers” of our
                                                                                                       languages. These employers publicly claimed they no longer
                               Don Leonard Nor do many informed and empathetic Jewish
                                                                                                       recognized our academic degrees.
                               people like those things either.
                                                                                                       O’Brien and I asked ASA leaders to intervene generally in support of
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TixzN_ZDxFg
                                                                                                       the inalienable validity of degrees in American Studies, and
                               Like · 9 hours ago                                                      particularly in support of our professional standing as academics
                                                                                                       qualified in American Studies. Meanwhile in Japan these struggles
                                 Write a reply...                                                      over “academic apartheid” were manifestly testing grounds for
                                                                                                       emergent policies that oppressed hundreds of thousands of Brazilian
                          Adam Blitz How's it goin, ya nazis? Since when is it academia's              immigrants, and millions of Chinese and Korean people residing in
                          job to take politcal sides. Overstepping your bounds, you                    Japan as a result of Japanese imperialism. O’Brien and I merely
                          antisemites. Now you're a national spectacle and disgrace. High five!        asked ASA officials to ask leading academics in Japan about the
                                                                                                       concerns we raised; and we asked ASA officials to notify us if they
                          Like · Reply · 16 hours ago
                                                                                                       had made any inquiries. Nobody ever notified us; nobody expressed
                          Sergei Kan I propose to change the name of the Association to                interest in making even semi-official inquiries on our behalf. Was our
                          "Anti-American"/Anti-Israel Studies Associaton"                              cause just? Was our constituency too limited?
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                                                                                                       I admire the members of the National Council for the sacrifices they
                          Douglas Maass The ASA's calling for a boycott of Israel is the               are willing to make in the name of justice and/or as partisans against
                          stupidest thing I've ever heard of so-called scholars doing. I fail to       the Likkud regime: I would admire them more if they more
                          see what such a nutsy resolution has to do with "American Studies."          forthrightly articulated what some of their own allies expect they may
                          What a bunch of acadumbics!                                                  be sacrificing here, and who, other than tenured American
                          Like · Reply · 1 · 19 hours ago                                              professors, might bear the weight.

                          Andrew Straus I am deeply disappointed by your recent                        Anyway, no matter which way the vote falls, is it not certain that a
                          resolution regarding Israel. Israeli universities are the most open          small minority of all American-Studies scholars will make this
                          places in Israel. It is in the university were people of all walks of life   decision? On what basis does adherence to the ASA bylaws, plus this
                          talk and learn from and with each other. How shameful that you have          referendum, offer a mandate?
                          voted to end open conversation. That you choose to boycott Israel
                          and only Israel can only be a sign of our lack of honesty and true           Down with Likkud! If I supposed this boycott would yield regime
                          knowledge of the history of the region. That you have chosen to              change, or were the best way to register dissent, I would support it.
                          boycott Israel, a nation that strives to respect human rights and not
                          so many other nations that have no regard for human rights is                Meanwhile I disagree with opponents of the boycott who insist that
                          beyond understanding.                                                        negotiation is the only valid way forward for Palestine. Yet I’m not
                          Like · Reply · 1 · 22 hours ago                                              casting a vote, primarily because my ASA membership became
                                                                                                       inactive. (I let it lapse partly because of my sense that leadership
                          Robert Leikind The world is populated by heinous violators of
                                                                                                       was pointedly disinterested in the needs of the set of holders of
                          human rights and academic freedom. Whatever Israel's faults, it is
                                                                                                       American Studies degrees, plus H-Amstdy simply stopped being a
                          well down towards the bottom of that list. Yet, the ASA would turn
                                                                                                       forum for discussion, and with the BDS movement flourishing at
                          Israel into a scapegoat for the ills of the world. Only Israel is the
                                                                                                       national meetings in ways I found rancorous, I found the ASA too
                          object of the ASA's purported moral righteousness. Not China, Saudi
                                                                                                       uncomfortable. On returning from twelve years abroad, I tend to find
                          Arabia, Cuba, Russia or scores of other countries which actively
                                                                                                       Americans’ concerns hopelessly American: Israelis as the epitome of
                          suppress academic freedom. Why such selective political action?
                                                                                                       Europeans?)
                          Concern for academic freedom? Hardly. What we have is just
                          another political action committee with the kind of hardcore
                                                                                                       In my own process of diasporic Jewish affiliation, I do find a need to
                          ideological agenda that steadily eats away at the spirit of
                                                                                                       disclaim the modern nation of Israel’s claims to act on my behalf. As
                          compromise that will be necessary for any eventual peace.
                                                                                                       an activist I also find a need to help the Left, including the Israeli
                          Like · Reply · 1 · 22 hours ago                                              Left, as best I can, in solidarity with my allies.
                               Don Leonard Israel lives on stolen land, does murder and
                               apartheid, genocide and racism, uses chemical weapons on                Today I see validity to both sides of this boycott debate, and good
                               children, and you want us to "ignore" it?                               people on both sides. I also see vicious partisanship. So even if the
                                                                                                       ASA’s email had given me enough time to reactivate my membership
                               too funny. 50 years of ignorance is enough, time to put a stop          (in which I heavily invested, over two decades), I’m not certain how
                               to it.                                                                  I might vote. Even if I opposed the boycott, wouldn’t the safest
                                                                                                       professional course (if I were someone who played safe) be to avoid
                               https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?                                     going on record opposing the unanimous solidarity of the National
                               fbid=10150343385553493&set=a.433715358492.214099.51256                  Council?
                               8492&type=1
                                                                                                       How corrosive is the vitriol by my Riverside colleague, David Lloyd,
                               Like · 22 hours ago
                                                                                                       endorsed here by a member of the National Council? How free do
                                 Write a reply...                                                      active members feel to register abstention from or opposition to the
                                                                                                       proposal without appearing within the ASA as an oppressor of
                                                                                                       Palestinians?
                          Marilyn Samorodin This group is completely anti-Semitic and
                          ignorant of all Israel's accomplishments in every academic field             Who in the U.S. is free of racism or imperialism? Who reading these
                          Like · Reply · 1 · 22 hours ago                                              words is not too complicit with too much oppression?

                               Don Leonard “There is a cult of ignorance in the United                 In pursuit of social justice, why deploy a litmus test? Despite the old
                               States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-                  wars and even despite the unacceptability of negotiation, over there
                               intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way              and over here ultimately don’t people stand on common ground?
                               through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false
                               notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as               See you at the revolution, then, comrades?
                               good as your knowledge.”




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                               ― Isaac Asimov                                                      Seymour Lecker Long live Isreal.
                                                                                                   Like · Reply · December 14 at 1:00pm
                               educate, before you pontificate please. No one is concerned, or
                               disagrees with the accomplishments of some Jewish folks. We         Judy Slomovic There is now a legitimate case to re-evaluate the
                               do on the other hand, have a real problem with                      tax extemption status:
                               Zionist terrorists.
                                                                                                   http://legalinsurrection.com/.../lawrence-summers.../
                               http://jfjfp.com/
                                                                                                   And on the same note, all the more reason for me to question the
                               That tired old label of anti-semetism doesn’t work any more         necessity and quality of college education.
                               dear. Because the Semites live in Palestine, and are being          Like · Reply · December 13 at 9:49am
                               murdered by Zionists, while their land is being stolen.
                                                                                                   Elder of Ziyon Mahmoud Abbas rejects boycotting Israel.
                               Like · 22 hours ago
                                                                                                   http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/.../mahmoud-abbas-says...
                               Don Leonard "Zionism is a movement founded by Theodor               Like · Reply · December 13 at 9:45am
                               Herzl in 1896 whose goal is the return of Jews to Eretz Yisrael,
                               or Zion, the Jewish synonym for Jerusalem and the Land of           Cindy Zahnd We cannot afford to be on the wrong side of
                               Israel.                                                             history. The ASA announcement to support BDS is courageous and
                                                                                                   necessary. The Boycott of Israel much be total and and all those who
                               The name of "Zionism" comes from the hill Zion, the hill on         stand for justice can only support it. http://www.5pillarz.com/.../the-
                               which the Temple of Jerusalem was situated.                         boycott-of-israeli-must.../
                                                                                                   Like · Reply · December 13 at 7:42am
                               Supporters of this movement are called "Zionists".
                                                                                                        Aaron Bitterman It is not necessary or courageous. It is
                                                                                                        bigoted and lacks the most fundamental knowledge of the
                               http://www.truetorahjews.org/whatiszionism
                                                                                                        history of the world. A world in which Jews have been refugees
                                                                                                        from Arab countries and from Europe. A world in which Jews
                               Zionists are racists, and murderers, and usurpers.
                                                                                                        were banned from owning businesses and living in society.
                               Like · 21 hours ago                                                      Despite these obstacles, less than 10 years after the massacre
                                                                                                        of 1/3 of the Jewish population, Jews formed the state of Israel.
                                 Write a reply...                                                       A triumph -- a miracle -- a necessity for their survival.
                                                                                                        Like · December 13 at 9:35am
                          Scott F Barnett Your resolution and its supporting documents
                          are wanting. There is no consideration of the fact the Palestinian              Write a reply...
                          Authority has refused to recognize the State of Israel. Further, you
                          do not mention the fact Israel captured the lands in question in
                                                                                                   Peter Lake Thank you for the effort to begin an academic
                          response to an attack on Israel by the surrounding Arab countries.
                                                                                                   boycott of Israeli universities.
                                                                                                   The difficulty that Palestinian scholars and physicians have in
                          Is this merely a lack of scholarship? If so it does not speak well of
                                                                                                   attending conferences or even visiting other campusses of their
                          your organization. Otherwise, are you not being political rather than
                                                                                                   institutions due to apartheid as well as the difficulty of students in
                          sincerely concerned about academic freedom. In either case your
                                                                                                   getting accreditation have not been effectively protested by Israeli
                          position and statement displays a lack of quality in your
                                                                                                   universities.
                          considerations calling your credibility into question.
                                                                                                   This move maybe a relatively (compared with Palestinians)
                          Like · Reply · 1 · 23 hours ago · Edited                                 inconvenience for some Israeli academics but this may lead them to
                               Don Leonard You call out people here for "wanting", yet             pressure their institutions to help end the academic apartheid.
                               your statements indicate you are ill educated, or you are a         Peter Lake, MD, CCFP, FCFP
                               liar.                                                               Like · Reply · December 13 at 1:02am · Edited

                                                                                                        Aaron Bitterman There is no apartheid in Israel.
                               " the Palestinian Authority has refused to recognize the State of
                               Israel. "                                                                Like · December 13 at 10:31am

                                                                                                        Peter Lake Well, Aaron. My Jewish friends who've worked
                               They have no obligation to recognize the theft of land. Any              there (treating Paediatric Palestinian victims of PTSD from
                               property taken through an act of crime does not belong to you.           Israeli arrest and torture) would disagree with you.
                               Period. That is common law in your country, look it up.                  Refusal of building permits to indigenous groups, bulldozing of
                                                                                                        their homes to build condos for colonists, theft of land from
                               "further, you do not mention the fact Israel captured the lands          Palestinian villages in the West Bank and East Jerusalem ... ok, I
                               in question in response to an attack on Israel by the                    know that's not Israel, just land occupied and illegally settled by
                               surrounding Arab countries."                                             them... but they use the definition when it suits them.
                                                                                                        Israel's equivalent to the "Pass Laws" of South Africa leading to
                               You are a liar.. The Zionists were promised, and given the land          mothers being taken at 0300hr from their families because they
                               they squat on right now, by people who did not own it.                   happen to be a Palestinian from across the 'green line' .....Oh,
                               Furthermore, if one of your neighbours assaults you, it does not         right, that's not Israel... they're just building there and having
                               give you the right to steal another neighbours house. And call it        Israeli babies there (see the irony?)
                               your own.                                                                The very mention of "a demographic threat" is apartheid.
                                                                                                        Have you seen the video of the indigenous Palestinian-Israeli
                               "Foreign Office,                                                         member of the Knesset trying to speak after she'd participated
                               November 2nd, 1917.                                                      in the attempt to get humanitarian supplies into Gaza?
                                                                                                        Have you read about indigenous Palestinian-Israeli member
                               Dear Lord Rothschild,                                                    suspended or demoted from deputy speaker for protesting racist
                               I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His               policies such as the Prawer plan? (Prawer was, today suspended
                               Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy              but not cancelled ... and the indigenous villages are still not
                               with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to,             recognized or serviced... while the illegal (some, even under
                               and approved by, the Cabinet:                                            Israeli law) settlements in the occupied west-bank are.
                                                                                                        How about the Annexation Wall (if it was really about protecting
                               "His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment             Israelis from those nasty Palestinians it would have followed the
                               in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will          Green Line)
                               use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this          Yuval Diskin- leader of Shin Bet 2005-2011. “One man's
                               object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done           terrorist is another man's freedom fighter,”
                               which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing           I could go on but you get the picture.... if you open your mind.
                               non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political
                                                                                                        Like · December 13 at 10:59am · Edited
                               status enjoyed by Jews in any other country".
                                                                                                        Peter Lake I will go on
                               I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the          Another friend of your background was offered a free "Birthright
                               knowledge of the Zionist Federation.                                     Tour" of Israel. Ironically (I love irony) The offer came shortly
                                                                                                        after she returned to her post at McGill University after enduring
                               Yours sincerely                                                          2 weeks of Israeli bombing in a basement in a Palestinian
                               Arthur James Balfour                                                     refugee camp in South Lebanon where she'd been teaching.
                                                                                                        She refused. Like many of my Jewish friends and relatives, she's
                               Might, does not, nor will it ever, equal right.                          given up Zionism for what it is. Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing.
                                                                                                        That is another very sad irony but we won't get into the
                               https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?                                      Holocaust here.
                               fbid=10150507424443493&set=a.433715358492.214099.51256                   Like · December 13 at 10:53am
                               8492&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Ffbcdn-sphotos-f-
                               a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-                                             Sven Olsen What "Palestinians" do you talk about - the is
                               frc3%2F390860_10150507424443493_186573599_n.jpg&size=                    no such country as Palestine, and therefore referring to people
                               800%2C603                                                                as "Palestinians" is a feeble attempt to condone their socalled
                               Like · 22 hours ago · Edited                                             claims.
                                                                                                        Like · December 13 at 2:24pm
                               Don Leonard https://www.youtube.com/watch?
                               feature=player_embedded...#!                                             Aaron Bitterman Peter Lake, the people you speak of are
                                                                                                        not Jews. They are left-wing anti-Semites.
                               "Because what Israel is doing is destroying the Jewish World             Like · December 13 at 2:51pm · Edited
                               and the Jewish heritage.




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                               Like · 22 hours ago                                                        Peter Lake The disrespect you have for your colleagues is
                                                                                                          embarassing.
                               Scott F Barnett I suggest I am neither ill-educated nor a                  I assume, given the only information you have about 'the
                               liar. I am well aware of the history you cite. And I have looked           people of which I speak', that by "left-wing anti-Semites" you
                               at the postings on your link. First, the picture you show is of            mean people who are willing to put their lives on the line and
                               Orthodox Jews who must be among those who do not                           on hold for human rights?
                               recognize the State of Israel because it was not established by            How odd.
                               the Messiah. Your posts there should be reviewed before                    Perhaps I should infer that the corollary would be that "right-
                               anyone considers your comments here. They infer to me you                  wing" means those who care nothing for human rights? That
                               believe Israel does not have a right to exist. While Israel's              certainly would NOT describe my Jewish friends and relatives...
                               behavior has not always been perfect, I am one who believes                even those who, like me, are economic conservatives.
                               Israel does have a right to exist. Further, in an honest view of           You are an embarassment (as is the current Israeli regime) to
                               its total history, Israel has been far more democratic than most           the caring tradition of Judaism.
                               states, and clearly most states in the region.                             Like · December 13 at 5:43pm

                               To the issues discussed here your post above is incomplete at              Aaron Bitterman That's a compliment coming from you.
                               best. The facts are these. At the time of the capture of the               Like · December 13 at 7:50pm
                               subject lands Israel was a state recognized by many other
                                                                                                          Peter Lake You're welcome.
                               countries and a member of the United Nations. The resort to
                               the earlier history speaks to a view Israel does not have a right          Like · December 13 at 8:04pm
                               to exist in the first place.
                                                                                                          Peter Lake Sven Olsen "the (sic) is no such country as
                                                                                                          Palestine, and therefore referring to people as "Palestinians" is a
                               That position is based on an incomplete reflection of history.
                                                                                                          feeble attempt to condone their socalled (sic) claims." Another
                                                                                                          tired Hasbara claim. Because a nation has not yet been
                               First, the conditions of the Balfour Declaration were met at the
                                                                                                          recognized by 'the world body' does not imply that it does not
                               establishment of the State of Israel. There are still Arabic
                                                                                                          exist. "Palestine" has existed in documentation for centuries. I
                               citizens of the State and Arabic members of the Knesset. Most
                                                                                                          have an Uncle who was a major in the "British Mandate of
                               Arabs left when the State of Israel was declared at urging their
                                                                                                          Palestine" after WW2. He witnessed the terrorism of
                               own leaders as much or more as because of any conduct of the
                                                                                                          Begin/Irgun, the Stern Gang, BenGurion et al referred to by the
                               Israelis.
                                                                                                          Israeli historian Ilan Pappe' and the beginning of the ethnic
                                                                                                          cleansing known in Palestine as the Nakbah.
                               We could well have a major back and forth on who did what
                                                                                                          On the other hand, by your definition, Israel could be argued
                               when, but the underlying issue remains. Will the Palestinian
                                                                                                          not to exist, legally as the UN never had the power to establish
                               Authority, Hezbollah, and Hamas, recognize the State of Israel?
                                                                                                          a nation without the consent of its inhabitants.... the
                               Without such recognition how can there be a resolution of the
                                                                                                          Palestinians.
                               conflict? You will find many supporters of Israel fear that a
                               settlement creating a separate Palestinian state risks Israel's
                                                                                                          I've always supported the existence of Israel and the 'two-state
                               existence. This is because they believe there will always be an
                                                                                                          solution'. However the ongoing illegal settlements in the
                               underlying principle of many Arabs, mostly extreme Islamists,
                                                                                                          occupied territories have resulted in the impossiblity of a viable
                               that seeks to destroy the State of Israel. The belief is any
                                                                                                          Palestinian state on whats left. Hence we are left only with the
                               "settlement" agreed to by the Arabs would not be in good faith
                                                                                                          simpler option: An end to apartheid.
                               because the underlying belief would remain.
                                                                                                          It will happen.
                               So, back to the action of the ASA. I still consider it ill-
                               considered and does not take historic facts into account.                  Like · 1 · December 14 at 12:57am


                               The position you take about my prior comments speaks to the
                                                                                                            Write a reply...
                               challenge of all this. Your discussion needs consideration in light
                               of this question. "Do you wish to see the State of Israel             Diana Appelbaum ASA Convention on national television,
                               destroyed?" If so, then there is nothing more to discuss. That is     Charlie Rose show https://www.youtube.com/watch?
                               a root controversy.                                                   v=yW__sylpHJM#t=16
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                               The history I can cite before Balfour is the promise of God to
                               Abraham and later to Moses the entire land, including the             Jordan Schachtel Does this apply to Jews only or are Arab
                               subject territory, was to belong to the Jewish people. In fact,       Israeli schools also being boycotted?
                               the West Bank was part of the original kingdom of Israel under        Like · Reply · December 12 at 3:57pm
                               King David. There is much authority for that to which both
                               Christians and Jews subscribe. Of course, most Islamists,                  Aaron Bitterman Jews only of course.
                               especially the extremists do not.                                          Like · December 13 at 9:33am

                               My discussion goes back to the original claim, not the one                   Write a reply...
                               dealing with Europe's division of the Ottoman Empire after
                               WWI. Even before that, there was never a Palestinian
                               homeland. Besides, there were Jews living there under claim of        Diana Appelbaum Mahmoud Abbas opposes boycott
                               right through the ages.                                               http://electronicintifada.net/.../south-africa-abbas...
                                                                                                     Like · Reply · December 12 at 2:25pm
                               In 1947 the rest of the world and the United Nations recognized
                                                                                                          Diana Appelbaum It's complicated; even within Palestinian
                               a state where none existed before except at the time of King
                                                                                                          civil society.
                               David. Then, after several efforts to destroy it, in the 1967 "6-
                               day War", Israel captured lands from which attacks on it were              Like · December 12 at 8:48pm
                               launched by Egypt, Syria, and Jordan; including the West Bank.
                               Unfortunately, since then, a history including the Palestinian
                                                                                                            Write a reply...
                               Authority, newly formed afterwards, rejecting peace on several
                               occasions has kept the region in a constant state of instability.     Mae Ngai I am an ASA lifetime member and recipient of an ASA
                               There are many different steps and acts of both sides involved        book award. I consider myself an opponent of Israel’s occupation
                               in this history.                                                      of Palestine, Israeli aggression, and treatment of Palestinians. I
                                                                                                     oppose the resolution to boycott of Israeli academic institutions. This
                               It remains the ASA has taken sides in a political struggle.           violates the principle of academic freedom and free speech. I believe
                               Whichever side you take, the ACA has compromised its standing         there are more appropriate ways for us to express our solidarity with
                               as an academic organization.                                          the Palestinian people. I am curious why the focus has been on
                               Like · 20 hours ago                                                   boycott, rather than, say, divestment. I signed a petition at my
                                                                                                     university urging divestment from corporations that do business with
                                 Write a reply...                                                    the Israeli military. I am dismayed that the discussion on the boycott
                                                                                                     has been expressed in terms of, if you support the Palestinian people
                                                                                                     then you must support the boycott. This is insulting and divisive. I
                          David Alschuler Rather than standing up for principles of
                                                                                                     am pasting below a letter written to the ASA national council by a
                          academic freedom and rigor and supporting open intellectual
                                                                                                     colleague of mine, Michael Zakim, a professor of history at Tel Aviv
                          discourse, the ASA has elected to politicize itself -- and to do so with
                                                                                                     University (with his permission to publicize). He tells us that the
                          an act of overt anti-Semitism.
                                                                                                     boycott will only strengthen the right wing in Israel and hurt the work
                          Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 2:49pm                                     being done by progressive Israeli and Palestinian activists for justice.
                               Don Leonard Take a night school course. Judaism is                    Please consider. Sincerely, Mae Ngai, Columbia University
                               religion, Zionism is politics. Israel is Zionism, not Judaism.        Like · Reply · December 12 at 1:38pm
                               The real anti-Semites are those Zionists in Israel that murder,
                                                                                                          Sophia Azeb Dr. Ngai,
                               en masse, those Palestinian Semites that lived on the land
                               before it was stolen from them.
                                                                                                          I'm a great admirer of your work and appreciate your
                                                                                                          sentiments, but I must also point out something that you are
                               Oh wait, I get it. You , and those like you, use anti-semetism in
                                                                                                          also likely well aware of: these same arguments were levied
                               an attempt to stifle free speech; and to stop people from
                                                                                                          against academic and cultural boycott advocates during South
                               speaking the truth.
                                                                                                          African apartheid. A boycott that South African civil society also
                                                                                                          called for, and was taken up by scholars around the world
                               Those days are over. We see you.
                                                                                                          (many of whom are also endorsers of this boycott resolution in
                                                                                                          the ASA).
                               Advocating against the Zionism that rules Israel is not anti-
                               semetism, it is anti-fascism, your ignorance notwithstanding.




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                                                                                                           Particularly echoed here is the argument (I have read the letter
                                                                                                           from Michael Zakim) that activism such as this bolsters right-
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                                                                                                           It also, however, bolsters left-wing Israeli academics who
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                                                                                                           endorse boycott of Israeli academic institutions. I do hope that
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                                                                                                           Best,
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                                                                                                           Sophia
                                                                                                           Like · 3 · December 12 at 7:19pm · Edited
                          Peter Grant Since this organization is called the American
                                                                                                           J Kēhaulani Kauanui David Palumbo-Liu & David Lloyd
                          Studies Association then you need to know that without the
                                                                                                           respond to Mae Ngai:
                          United States Israel may never had existed... American studies and
                          Israel are linked together at several points... The only American
                                                                                                           http://www.theasa.net/caucu.../item/open_letter_to_mae_ngai/
                          Studies you may find in totalitarian regimes and in most
                          Muslim/Arabic countries is Anti-American Studies and how to defeat               Like · December 14 at 10:38pm · Edited
                          us...                                                                            J Kēhaulani Kauanui Rajini Srikanth's Response to Mae
                          Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 1:17pm                                           Ngai:
                          Wendy Diamond Egypt Rafah's crossing with Gaza shuts out
                                                                                                           "I write as a scholar of Asian American Studies. Certainly,
                          Palestinian students.
                                                                                                           divestment is a useful response, but divestment does not
                          http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=658352
                                                                                                           preclude academic boycott. An academic boycott strikes at
                          Boycott?
                                                                                                           those institutional structures that create and perpetuate
                          Like · Reply · Yesterday at 10:12am via mobile                                   conditions in which one group can remain willfully ignorant
                          Marilyn Hirsch Outrageously antisemitic request for academics                    about the corrosive impact of its power and privilege and its
                          to sever ties with Israeli counterparts. Also, counterproductive to              violation of the rights of another group and can continue to hold
                          the process of peace that Israel has been pursuing since its                     destructive stereotypes about this group. Asian American
                          founding--despite numerous overt and covert acts of aggression from              Studies as you well know had its origins in Asian American
                          its supposed "partners" in peace.                                                students demanding that their college courses reflect the
                                                                                                           experiences and contributions of Asian American communities.
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                                                                                                           If anything, therefore, it should be particularly clear to Asian
                               Don Leonard Its moral to object to the murder of                            Americanists that withholding our support to Palestinians when
                               Palestinian Semites by Zionists terrorists. Not anti-Semitic.               they reach out and call for this act of solidarity to say “No
                                                                                                           more!” to the ways in which Israeli academic institutions
                               "Zionism is a movement founded by Theodor Herzl in 1896                     perpetuate willful ignorance about the violation of Palestinian
                               whose goal is the return of Jews to Eretz Yisrael, or Zion, the             rights and racist views of Palestinians and deny Palestinians
                               Jewish synonym for Jerusalem and the Land of Israel.                        their academic freedom is to forget the circumstances in which
                                                                                                           Asian American Studies emerged. Furthermore, when the
                               The name of "Zionism" comes from the hill Zion, the hill on                 situation for Palestinian students and academics continues to
                               which the Temple of Jerusalem was situated.                                 deteriorate, it is hard to argue that the “left” in Israel has had
                                                                                                           much of an impact. Palestinian scholar Magid Shihade rightly
                               Supporters of this movement are called "Zionists".                          argues that it is time, therefore, to strike at the heart of the
                                                                                                           Israeli academic enterprise that continues to reinforce
                               http://www.truetorahjews.org/whatiszionism                                  structures of willful ignorance about Palestinian rights and
                               Like · 21 hours ago                                                         thwarts the academic freedom of Palestinians. Without trying
                                                                                                           this approach, how can we know whether it will or will not
                               Don Leonard " peace that Israel has been pursuing since                     succeed." From:
                               its founding"                                                               http://www.theasa.net/.../academic_and_cultural_boycott.../
                                                                                                           Like · December 14 at 10:37pm
                               It wasn't founded, it was stolen. And it has done everything
                               possible to reject the two state solution. Ever since the                     Write a reply...
                               beginning.

                               Don't lie please. Just damages your credibility.                       Mae Ngai Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 19:36:49 +0200
                                                                                                      From: zakim@post.tau.ac.il
                               "Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been halted due to Israel's      Subject: Boycotting Israel
                               "refusal to engage in serious negotiations about borders,              To: John.Stephens@theasa.net
                               focusing instead on security," the London-based Al-Hayat
                               newspaper reported Tuesday. "                                          Dear John Stephens,

                               http://www.jpost.com/.../Report-Israel-has-caused-peace...             I understand that your organization is soon to vote on officially
                               Like · 21 hours ago                                                    embracing an academic boycott of Israel. I wish to briefly respond to
                                                                                                      the issues at stake.
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                                                                                                      I am not, in principle, averse to the notion of a boycott. As a combat
                                                                                                      soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, for instance, I announced to my
                          Michael M Cohen The decision by the ASA to boycott Israel is                commanding officers that I would refuse any order to take part in
                          disturbing. While I am the first to criticize Israeli policies, and         the suppression of the Palestinian intifada. This was a kind of
                          have stated so often, the ASA decision is wrong on so many levels.          boycott. You can imagine that undertaking such an act in a war-time
                          The main reason it is just a bad tactic - it plays right into the view of   army is not a simple step.
                          those Israelis and her supporters who believe the world is against
                          Israel and Jews. It plays right into that paranoia and only reinforces      I can also understand the political frustrations of American
                          for them, the very folks that need to be convinced to change Israeli        academics who find themselves observing the cruelties and injustice
                          policy, that Israel should hold onto the West Bank. They say if the         of Israeli occupation of Palestine from such a distance. These same
                          ASA really cares about issues they would also boycott Russia and            academics are citizens of a country with its own ample record of war
                          China for human rights violations; only focusing on Israel only             crimes, of course. But certainly no one can expect your organization
                          reinforces their suspicions about the motivations of the ASA. Even          to boycott itself!
                          Abbas has said no to boycotts of Israel; he says yes to boycotting
                          Israeli activities in the West Bank, but not Israel in general. Cohen       In assuming that the boycott is a genuine attempt at political
                          says invest, not divest; encourage students at ASA colleges to study        engagement, its practical effects need to be acknowledged. For the
                          at the Arava Institute (www.arava.org) where their students can             fact is, the boycott will directly bolster the forces of jingoism and
                          study and live with Palestinians, Israelis, and Jordanians.                 repression within Israeli society, those which seek to isolate the
                          Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 3:02am                                      country from more liberal and tolerant influences. I’m afraid that this
                                                                                                      will be your boycott’s most significant – and perhaps its only
                          Yossie Abramson I am glad to see that you view Israel move                  significant – political effect.
                          vile than Iran, Zimbabwe and China. I am also glad to see that we
                          view you more vile than anyone else.                                        Of course, for the Leninists in your organization, making a bad
                          Like · Reply · Yesterday at 1:07am                                          situation that much worse makes perfect sense. But for those of us
                                                                                                      on both sides of the border struggling for justice – and, yes, I mean
                               Don Leonard That is irrelevant. this is NOT a contest of
                                                                                                      to speak for various Palestinian academics with whom I have
                               who is more evil. Evil just is.
                                                                                                      ongoing professional and personal relationships – strengthening our
                                                                                                      foes will be a disaster.
                               Yet, from a fact based perspective, Israel IS more vile than
                               Iran. They (Iran) haven’t attacked anyone in hundreds of years.
                                                                                                      Michael Zakim
                               They have been attacked by most of the world with embargoes
                                                                                                      Department of History
                               because they got rid of an American puppet called the Shah of
                                                                                                      Tel Aviv University
                               Iran.
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                               Zionism murders on a daily basis. Uses chemical weapons on             Diana Appelbaum Anti-Semitic in effect if not in intent
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                                                                                                       http://www.harvard.edu/.../summers_2002/morningprayers.php
                               genocide, makes nuclear bombs contrary to international law..
                                                                                                       Like · Reply · December 12 at 11:14am
                               Right now...
                                                                                                            Richard Murray Nonsense. We need to learn how to make
                               Yup, much more vile.                                                         a big caring separation between racist apartheid zionism and
                                                                                                            true Judaism.
                               http://presstv.com/detail/178789.html                                        Like · December 12 at 11:41am
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                                                                                                            Diana Appelbaum Richard, What do u work on?
                               Don Leonard http://www.theguardian.com/.../israel-white-                     Like · December 12 at 11:49am
                               phosphorus-gaza
                               Like · Yesterday at 10:11am                                                  Jonathan Marks Not sure what Richard works on but he
                                                                                                            does over at his page call CNN "another Zionist-run media
                               Don Leonard unacceptable                                                     outfit." I'd be interested to hear what makes him characterize
                               Like · Yesterday at 10:11am                                                  CNN that way and which other media outlets are "Zionist run."
                                                                                                            Like · 2 · December 12 at 1:09pm
                               Jeff Lenchiner This discussion is now being flooded by
                               insane neo-nazis. I guess that's the target audience the ASA is              Richard Murray Wolf Blitzer was an aipac lobbyist. Google
                               looking to connected with                                                    it, Jonathan.
                               Like · 1 · Yesterday at 1:01pm                                               Like · December 12 at 2:19pm
                               Yossie Abramson It saves us the trouble of having to type                    Jonathan Marks Wolf Blitzer does not run CNN.
                               our reasons why ASA made a mistake.                                          Like · December 12 at 2:35pm
                               Like · Yesterday at 1:25pm
                                                                                                            Richard Murray Wolf Blitzer and CNN management are
                               Don Leonard "insane neo-nazis."                                              zionists. They are in bed with aipac.
                                                                                                            Like · December 12 at 5:27pm
                               truth hurts huh
                                                                                                            Divest This Dear ASA Members - Please look closely at the
                               I bring fact, you bring name calling to rebut.. I see you ...                commentary above to get a good idea of the people your
                                                                                                            leadership is insisting you climb into bed with. Nuff said.
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                                                                                                            Richard Murray Hey Divest, a simple question: Why did
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                                                                                                            the New York Times and CNN completely ignore this major
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                                                                                                            national and international story? How come we have to go to
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                                                                                                            British newspapers to learn about this latest atrocity? The New
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                                                                                                            York Times should change its motto to: "All the news that's fit to
                               Like · 22 hours ago
                                                                                                            print, except for some atrocities." Despite the extra words, the
                               Don Leonard One of the few groups of people behaving                         iambic meter is maintained. Here's the article:
                               like Nazis in the world live in Israel, and they are called Zionists.        http://www.theguardian.com/.../nsa-americans-personal...
                               A Jewish fellow told me that. One whom survived the Germans                  Like · December 12 at 11:50pm
                               in WW2...
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                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded...
                               Like · 22 hours ago
                                                                                                       Diana Appelbaum http://www.insidehighered.com/.../essay-
                                                                                                       criticizing...
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                                                                                                       Richard Murray http://gulfnews.com/.../india-and-pakistan-
                          Richard Kaplan Where's the condemnation, hypocrites!
                                                                                                       agree...
                          http://uk.reuters.com/.../uk-syria-crisis-rights...
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                                                                                                       Richard Murray A thought: The Holy Land.
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                                                                                                       Right now there is a tremendous amount of fear in the Holy Land,
                                                                                                       and unease. Tension. Brittle human people.
                          CarolAnn Gershuny Schwartz Does this mean that all of the
                                                                                                       Terrible suffering for the Palestinians.
                          Palestinians who live in Gaza or the West Bank and currently go
                                                                                                       Terrible gut churning and guilt for the first-class citizens of Israel,
                          into Israel for health care services should no longer get medical care
                                                                                                       and lots of suppression of their own feelings and humanity. Not
                          there? Don't try and tell them what to do. They are very happy
                                                                                                       healthy at all.
                          getting quality health care in Israel. Don't dictate your ignorance on
                                                                                                       We could look at it as a hopeless mess, but let’s not.
                          others.
                                                                                                       The Holy Land is a gem, a jewel.
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                                                                                                       Let’s turn it and look at it in a new way.
                          Richard Becker http://www.algemeiner.com/.../how-the-asa-                    Maybe this is a challenge for us all. A challenge that God is observing
                          became-the.../                                                               with great interest.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 7:35pm                                         If we can figure out the problems of the Holy Land, we can figure out
                                                                                                       any problem on earth.
                          Dorie Alexander Mufson I condemn this outrageous act by the                  But the ONLY way that we’re going to figure out the problems of the
                          ASA. The boycott is shameful, morally bankrupt and intellectually            Holy Land is if all people genuinely have a goal of peace.
                          dishonest. I urge action from the academic community to renounce             It begins with a true desire, a true wish. For peace. Not for victory.
                          the ASA boycott and to affirm the principles of academic freedom and         For something far greater than that in this age: Imagine peace.
                          the right of all peoples to self-determination.                              Imagine,
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 6:08pm                                     Palestinian and Jewish children playing together. In one generation,
                                                                                                       or less, the communities could be in total harmony.
                               Don Leonard who cares?                                                  Imagine.
                                                                                                       The pictures from the early 1900’s when old Jewish and Palestinian
                               “Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.”                                      men walked down the street arm in arm, dear friends.
                               ― John Lennon                                                           Imagine integrated neighborhoods and towns. (This might be the
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:32am                                              only way of keeping terrorists from doing terrible new things when
                                                                                                       they get their own drones.)
                                 Write a reply...                                                      Menorahs and minarets. The root and center of both words is ‘light’.
                                                                                                       A synagogue beside a mosque.
                                                                                                       The entire world would want to contribute to that.
                          Karen Bressler Utterly absurd choice. How did Israel alone
                                                                                                       Isaiah’s vision would be realized, and people would be streaming to
                          become the target over all other nations?
                                                                                                       Yerushalaim. To celebrate.
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                          Ethan Roberts “We do not support the boycott of Israel,”                     THINK DIFFERENT.
                          Mahmoud Abbas, in South Africa for Mandela’s funeral, declared.
                          He supports only a “boycott [of] the products of the settlements.”           The Arab Spring has begun, despite the spasms. Who would have
                          “We have relations with Israel,” he added, “we have mutual                   thought? Who could have predicted?
                          recognition of Israel.” But who is Abu Mazen to speak for the
                          Palestinians, compared with an associate professor of ethnic studies         It’s important for Humanity right now. This time. It’s special. This is
                          at the University of California, San Diego?"                                 the favorable hour.

                          http://www.newrepublic.com/.../american-studies...                           THINK DIFFERENT.
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                                                                                                       Or Y.our children are toast.
                          Dmitry Genis I would like to remind to ASA that first anti-jewish
                          boycott in modern history was started by Nazis in Germany in                 Moses begs us in the Torah: Choose Life.
                          1933. So, ASA is in "good" company - Nazi, arab dictators (anti-israeli
                          embargo in 1948-1991) and communist totalitarian regimes of                  So let’s choose it.
                          Eastern Europe before 1989. By boycotting Israel you position
                          yourself together with darkest and most brutal totalitarian ideologies       THINK DIFFERENT.
                          of modern history - Nazism and Communism. Also, remember - Nazis             Like · Reply · 1 · December 13 at 3:09am




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                          boycotted jews, but they disappeared, Soviet communists boycotted
                          Israel (and discriminated Jews in USSR) - USSR is dead now. Arab          Richard Murray Great article by David Lloyd. He describes the
                          countries that tried eliminate Israel (Syria, Iraq, Egypt) now in coma    boycott as a ‘last resort’, because, frankly, zionism has blatantly
                          . Nobody will remember ASA (except article in Wikipedia saying            ignored the thousands of gentler efforts to get their attention:
                          something " ASA - far left academic group that supported terror           http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.../why-the-asa-should...
                          agains Israel) but Israel will stay here forever.                         Like · Reply · 1 · December 12 at 6:50pm
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 4:40pm · Edited                              Richard Murray From David Lloyd's article:
                               J Kēhaulani Kauanui
                               http://mondoweiss.net/.../12/nonsense-proposing-                          A boycott is not a general expression of moral disapproval. It is
                               boycott.html                                                              a last resort that targets a state or other institution because of
                                                                                                         the ongoing and remediable nature of the harm that it is doing
                               Like · December 19 at 4:40pm
                                                                                                         and because other paths to redress are blocked. Above all, we
                               Dmitry Genis Kauanui, don't try to fool people: anti-                     engage in boycott only when those who are the victims of
                               zionism == antisemtisim. period. And every body who agains                injustice ask us to, as it is they who risk bearing the brunt of its
                               existence of State of Israeli is terrorist supporter. Very simple.        effects. The ASA's resolution responds to the call of over 170
                               Like · 1 · December 19 at 5:01pm                                          Palestinian civil society organizations for a global boycott of
                                                                                                         Israeli academic institutions, whose complicity in the
                               Don Leonard Zionism is politics, Judaism is not. neo-                     occupation, dispossession and discrimination from which
                               conservatism is politics, Christianity is not. Get it?                    Palestinians daily suffer has been detailed by the Israeli-
                                                                                                         Palestinian Alternative Information Center.
                               And how can it be anti-Semitic to advocate the cessation of
                               genocide and apartheid on Palestinian Semites, by Zionist                 And the amazing last 3 paragraphs:
                               terrorists?
                                                                                                         It is the Palestinians who have been singled out by Israel for
                               Here is some fact for you, given you are clearly confused or ill -        this discriminatory treatment, with the unstinting support of the
                               educated.                                                                 U.S. Congress and successive administrations. U.S. taxpayers
                                                                                                         support Israel's occupation to the tune of $3 or $4 billion every
                               http://www.truetorahjews.org/whatiszionism                                year, but our politicians do nothing to hold Israel accountable
                                                                                                         for its systematic violations of human rights, for its continuing
                               "Zionism is a movement founded by Theodor Herzl in 1896                   dispossession of Palestinians, or for its war crimes that
                               whose goal is the return of Jews to Eretz Yisrael, or Zion, the           numerous respected international organizations have
                               Jewish synonym for Jerusalem and the Land of Israel.                      documented, here and here. Instead, the U.S. has used its veto
                                                                                                         power at the UN to stymie virtually every one of the numerous
                               The name of "Zionism" comes from the hill Zion, the hill on               resolutions condemning Israel. It turns a blind eye to Israel's
                               which the Temple of Jerusalem was situated.                               expansion of illegal settlements even when, as now, they
                                                                                                         provocatively undermine the "peace process."
                               Supporters of this movement are called "Zionists".
                               Like · 21 hours ago · Edited                                              No other country in the world has been singled out for such
                                                                                                         exceptional treatment or gets such a free pass on its injustices.
                                 Write a reply...                                                        It is because of this political blockade on justice that
                                                                                                         Palestinians have called for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment
                                                                                                         and Sanctions against Israel. Where the political process is
                          Chris Funnell Lawrence H. Summers, former Harvard University                   blocked, only a civil society movement can begin to win redress
                          president said, “of all the countries in the world that might be               for the victims.
                          thought to have human rights abuses, that might be thought to have
                          inappropriate foreign policies, that might be thought to be doing              And only when injustice is named and challenged, not
                          things wrong, the idea that there’s only one that is worthy of a               supported and funded, can true dialogue begin. As anyone who
                          boycott, and that is Israel…is beyond outrageous as a suggestion.”             witnessed the ASA's open meeting observed, we have reached a
                          well said!                                                                     turning point: a path is opening to a peace based on parity and
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 12:34pm                                          justice, rather than on coercion and unchecked power.
                          Richard Diamond ASA's boycott of Israel demonstrates the                       Like · December 12 at 6:53pm
                          epitome of academic cowardice, craving for personal recognition
                          and ease of being duped by the Muslim Brotherhood's BDS
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                          movement. History will look back on this organization and its boycott
                          as foolish and misguided supported by sheep led by a few individuals      Sven Olsen And why boycott Israel? Do you prefer the whole
                          with an extremist agenda.                                                 region to be under islamistic rule - with murder, atrocities, rape,
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 11:40am                                 dismemberment etc as a daily occurance?
                                                                                                    And have you not yet understood, that Israel is the only buffer
                          Nancy Swartz The ASA boycott against Israel's academic
                                                                                                    against islamism?
                          institutions and cultural organizations is outrageous!! I stand with
                                                                                                    What a strange agenda to have - maybe you should start by
                          others who condemn your organization for this unconscionable
                                                                                                    replacing the socalled president of yours? then condemn the arab
                          action. I join with others across the country who have called your
                                                                                                    areas' vile "religion". That would be a stand-up thing to do.
                          boycott “shameful, morally bankrupt and intellectually dishonest.”
                                                                                                    Face it, Israel is here to stay, and I, with numerous others, am
                          You should be ashamed of yourselves.
                                                                                                    prepared to fight for Israel's right to defend itself against islamistic
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 11:37am · Edited                        attacks, and to do whatever necessary to stop them alltogether.
                          Erika Dreifus Shameful. If I were a member of this organization,
                          I'd resign immediately. What has happened with this organization          Start studying the islamistic threat to the world instead - and stop
                          is an embarrassment to the scholarly community and everything that        supporting islamistic countries because of our oil - yes, our. If they
                          scholarship should stand for.                                             should have done all the work that Western companies have done to
                                                                                                    bring the oil to the surface - they would still be sitting on top of the
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 10:31am
                                                                                                    oil with their camels.
                          Julie Glauberg Grimley Great job of monitoring your Facebook              Like · Reply · 1 · December 13 at 1:23pm
                          page and following your own rule of deleting hostile comments
                          ASA.                                                                      Cristina Soler Crespo http://www.haaretz.com/.../a-
                                                                                                    special.../.premium-1.564066
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                          Joshua Rotenberg http://www.thejewishweek.com/.../why-im-
                          boycotting...                                                             Bob Lamb R.I.P., ASA (1951-2013)
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 7:30am                                  Like · Reply · December 18 at 10:29pm

                          Andrew Holzinger ASA. Amazingly Stupid Academics                          Cynthia Franklin http://coreyrobin.com/.../a-response-to-
                          Like · Reply ·   1 · December 18 at 6:16pm via mobile                     michael-kazin-on.../
                                                                                                    Like · Reply · December 13 at 6:03pm
                          Richard J. Osborne Yes, I'm afraid it's true: the ASA has
                          become a laughingstock and embarrassment. Very sad.                            Jonathan Marks I don't see the Kazin piece to which Robin
                          http://www.nytimes.com/.../friedman-secretary-kerrys...                        is responding here, am
                                                                                                         posting:http://www.newrepublic.com/.../universities-
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                                                                                                         boycotting...
                          Dale Silverman If anyone questioned the fact that anti-semitism                Like · December 13 at 6:42pm
                          remains alive and well in this world then this vote should pull
                          away their blinders. To single out a tiny country whose neighbors                Write a reply...
                          vow to push into the sea, a country that is so progressive in so many
                          ways while ignoring the wretched actions of its neighbors is
                          disgusting. No individual or organization that remains affiliated with    Debra Goodman As one is is trying to come to terms with my
                          this organization can be exempted from it's despicable stain.             reaction to your boycott, and holds Israel accountable for their
                                                                                                    actions while supporting the Jewish state, I cannot quite seem to
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 5:32pm
                                                                                                    make it past the horrendously cavalier statement made in regards to
                          Yosef Refaeli Shame on you - most pathetic excuse for                     why you have never instituted an academic boycott of any other
                          academics who are unable to think for themselves.                         country, other than South Africa and now Israel, regardless of the
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 5:15pm                                  depth of the perceived crime. While it indeed does not discount the
                                                                                                    issue of Palestinian persecution, I find it deeply incongruous that you
                          David Spiegler Turkey is occupying northern Cyprus. Silence.              did not 'have to start somewhere' with the world's rampant
                          You can hear a pin drop. I am astounded and saddened by the               misogyny, as countries, particularly Arab ones, continue to enslave,
                          evil that lurks in peoples hearts. What hope is there? But as we all      denigrate, persecute, torture, rape, murder and reduce women to




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                          know getting a government check is corrupting. And without that                    nothing more than indentured servitude. It would seem that only the
                          stolen money there are no professors. They are feeding off the                     perception of occupation warrants your action, attention and
                          efforts of hard working people. They are useless parasites and they                subsequent condemnation. As a feminist, activist and free-thinker, I
                          know it. And so it gnaws on the inside.                                            find your targeting of academia in order to advance your chosen
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 5:09pm                                           political agenda, to the virtual ignorance of so many others equally as
                                                                                                             deserving of your so-called boycotting clout, deplorable and indicative
                          David Spiegler China occupies Tibet. What have you said about                      of an over-reaching small-mindedness. As a consumer who often
                          that? Nothing. .                                                                   engages in direct product abstinence to keep the focus on the real
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 5:06pm                                           perpetrator of injustice, I find any kind of academic boycott sickening
                                                                                                             to the extreme. Knock yourself out by boycotting Israeli goods and
                          CarolAnn Gershuny Schwartz better get rid of your intel
                                                                                                             services, as economic pressure often speaks the loudest, but do not
                          Pentium chips from your computers!
                                                                                                             call yourself an association representative of higher learning, by
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 3:35pm
                                                                                                             turning on then eating your own. That, my friends, is what we call
                          Kirk Epstein The ASA is a racist organization. What other                          abuse of power.
                          countries has this disgraceful anti-Jewish group boycotted for real                Like · Reply · December 19 at 6:51pm via mobile
                          human right violations. Is Syria, China, Russia, Sudan, North Korea,
                                                                                                             Yael Lieber The ASA fails the 3D Test of anti-semitism w/ flying
                          Iran, or a multitude of real Human Rights violators boycotted by this
                                                                                                             colors...your boycott is hatred pure and simple dressed up as
                          group? This organization meets all the definitions of a Racist
                                                                                                             "humanitarian action"...it is targeting Jewish people for the crime of
                          organization because it singles out a single nation and excludes it,
                                                                                                             being Jewish...and I am disgusted by your actions:
                          and associates with other nations held to a much lower standard. A
                                                                                                             http://jcpa.org/phas/phas-sharansky-f04.htm
                          racist politically motivated boycott by this pretentious ASA is not
                          studious. You'd be better having gotten your degree from Screw U                   Like · Reply · 1 · December 14 at 9:37am
                          than be educated by this Association of professors.                                Josef Pozarski they can only educate idiots like themselves.
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                          Mitzi Horowitz My guess is wrapped up in there insular ivory
                                                                                                             Yael Lieber http://www.aaup.org/.../open-letter-members-
                          towers many didn't even consider the implications of this vote.
                                                                                                             american...
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                          Cindy Kane Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued
                                                                                                             Sheyna Ali Please ASA support the world in the boycott of Israel
                          the following statement I just shared below....I encourage all to
                                                                                                             . It is guilty of crimes that we have all witnessed.
                          read it!
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                          Scott Italiaander A shame...and a sham. While ASA suggests
                          this is not an academic boycott against individuals, it effectively
                          marginalizes any academic or scholar who disagrees with the ASA's
                          political positions, especially regarding BDS (boycott, etc.). This is
                          obviously anti-semitism disguised as social justice, and a blow
                          against free speech, tolerance and academic freedom. Who the hell
                          is the ASA anyway?
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                          Daniel Jordan Kaiser You are bigots. Pure and simple. You can
                          not possibly justify a boycott of Israel and not the myriad of other
                          nations on earth who are guilty of horrendous human rights abuses,
                          including civil rights violations directed against their own scholars
                          and academics. Israel scholars enjoy the greatest academic freedom
                          on the planet. Congratulations on your vicious anti-Semitism. Lives
                          well lived.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 10:07am

                          Jill Cunniff BDS boycott of Russian academic institutions due to
                          persecution of gays and lesbians???
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 9:12am

                          Kool Cat Ali I suggest a name change: Anti-semitic Studies
                          Association
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                          Randy Kessler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se3PaCX7sjI
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 12:48am

                          Jill Cunniff Just wondering... Is there a BDS movement in any
                          other countries?
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                          Jill Cunniff Boycott away...
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 11:06pm

                          Jill Cunniff http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                          feature=player_embedded...
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                          William Stroock The American Studies Association: Judenfrei
                          since 2013!
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 10:51pm

                          William Stroock Lets see, thousands dead in Syria...must be the
                          Jew's fault, right?
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 10:19pm

                          William Stroock When did the ASA start hating Jews?
                          Like · Reply ·   1 · December 17 at 10:18pm

                          Lyone Sami Fein By the way, Palestinian PM Abbas does not
                          support boycotts of Israel. Way to go, ASA!! Very well researched
                          decision. I guess all of your academic work is up to the same
                          standard?
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                          David Rabin I am dumbfounded that you choose to legitimize
                          the repressive, demonic regimes of the middle east where being a
                          woman or a Christian or a Jew prevents you from studying at a high
                          school or a university! You single out the only democratic society
                          which allows all religions to study freely regardless of religious
                          affiliation or gender. This is a terrible association with a most certain
                          anti-Jewish view point. Unbelievable!
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 5:15pm

                          Alan Fellman All members of the ASA ought to put their money
                          where the mouths (or votes) are. Boycott everything that comes
                          from Israel; start with mobile phones and go from there. Despicable
                          hypocrisy at it's worst.
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                          anti-Semitic sentiment that passes for intellectualism in academia
                          today. It's unfortunate that an organization like the ASA, which is not
                          a political entity, feels it necessary to comment on political issues --
                          and that it has elected to do so in a way that further marginalizes a
                          historically oppressed people. Shame on you.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 4:59pm

                          Muti Feldbrand we Jews will outlive all these Jew haters just like
                          we outlived all our enemies throughout history may god bless the
                          Jewish people and curse the anti Semitic asa organization
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 4:52pm

                          Muti Feldbrand the anti Semites throughout history will give you
                          100 reasons why they single out Jews for persecution.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 4:45pm

                          Michael Murzyn Silence on the human rights abuse in Iran,
                          Saudi Arabia, Syria.?
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                               Eliyahu Neiman Michael, you are obviously seriously racist
                               and xenophobic. You should know that it's only cool these
                               days to boycott people who won't retaliate by threatening
                               violence to you and your family. In other words, only take a
                               stance when you know it won't have any real consequences,
                               but do so loudly and vigorously to show that you're an
                               awesome, compassionate hero. Mandela, MLK and Ghandi would
                               be proud.
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                               Michael Murzyn Some guy from the ASA was on WBEZ
                               today in Chicago and he refused to answer the question of why
                               the ASA is silent on so many many other countries with far
                               worse ( we are talking seventh century stuff in the case of say
                               Pakistan or Saudi Arabia) human rights records. People aren't
                               stupid they notice the bias. But in the case of the minorities,
                               women, foreign domestics women, Cuban and Chinese
                               dissenters they may never know they are forgotten by the
                               American academics who think they have a very special moral
                               sense.
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                          Dan Dorot this is a disgrace, and as an israeli student i can tell
                          you its a twisted and unreal view of what goes on in israel
                          for the love of god come live in israel for a year and then lets see
                          you make the same desicion.
                          and its not that we dont have our faults but to call us an appartheid
                          country thats just dumb...

                          p.s
                          if your looking for countrys to herass it might be a really good idea
                          to look to the otherside of our borders
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                          Michael J. Engel Only the uneducated boycott Israel.
                          Like · Reply ·   1 · December 17 at 3:45pm

                          Meshulam Shimon as a Jewish man, as an ISRAELI STUDENT,
                          as a YOUNG MAN, I SAY:YOU WRONG!!!
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 3:41pm

                          Peter Edelman When will this organization start a boycott of
                          China over Tibet, Iran over the Bahais or Turkey over the Kurds.
                          Don't hold your breath.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 2:40pm

                          Gabriel Equality Lampert I would be more willing to believe in
                          the ASA's lack of bias if you also boycotted iPhones, etc. After all,
                          they are made through slave labor far worse than the conditions of
                          Palestinian workers in the West Bank, and China is at least as nasty
                          to its Uighur and Tibetan citizens as Israel is to the Palestinians. But
                          you are not boycotting iPhones; far from it. It sure looks like racism
                          is the difference.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 2:37pm

                               Gabriel Equality Lampert As an older gay man, I am
                               strongly reminded of the time a few decades ago when the
                               "Lewd and Lascivious" laws were enforced very selectively. If a
                               copy came across a mixed-gender couple making out in a car,
                               he (usually he) would tell them to stop and go home. If the
                               couple were same-sex (especially male), they would be cuffed,
                               arrested, jailed, and have their photos in the paper the next
                               day. The usual excuse for this was that the police had to
                               enforce the law and the morality behind it. But I couldn't help
                               coming to the conclusion that there was no morality behind it,
                               only bias. And that's what Israelis decide.
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                          Neil J Sheber The ASA was afraid that their position was so
                          weak that it could not withstand a debate: The association's
                          president, Curtis Marez, refused repeated requests from opponents
                          of the boycott to communicate their arguments to the membership.
                          Instead, the ASA's national council posted a 1,200-word manifesto in
                          favor of the resolution on its website.
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                          Neil J Sheber Where is the Boycott of Turkey for invading and
                          illegally occupying Cyprus for 40 years?
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                          Neil J Sheber Where is the Boycott of China for its takeover and
                          ethnic cleansing of Tibet?
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 2:03pm

                          Neil J Sheber Where is the Boycott of Saudi Arabia who just
                          treat woman like dogs, and enslave Black Africans?
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 2:03pm

                          Neil J Sheber If the President of the Palestinian Authority
                          Mahmoud Abbas is against a boycott of Israel, then this puts your
                          organization right up there with Nazi Germany.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 2:00pm

                          Richard M. Braun How ludicrous. Next, you'll burn books by
                          Israel authors.
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                          John Riskind This is a shameful travesty as well as a disgrace to
                          academic values. Why boycott universities where some of the
                          greatest support for a peace process can be found? If you were to
                          engage in such a disgraceful academic boycott, why not boycott
                          North Korea, Iran, Syria, and dozens of other countries? This is just
                          stupid hypocrisy.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 1:49pm

                          Michael Rothman Shame on the ASA. I'm a former American
                          studies scholar who's been out in the real world for five years.If
                          you want to address the 'Palestinian problem' let's go after Sheldon
                          Adelson, Irving Moskowitz, and the Christian fundamentalists who
                          are bankrolling the West Bank settlements. As FDR might have said,
                          these are our (i.e. American) SOBs. Poor old liberal Tel Aviv
                          University ain't the enemy.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 1:47pm

                          Howard Willens These closed minded nitwits have made the
                          USA and its true academics a laughing stock around the world.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 1:24pm

                          Fergie Collins Sounds like a racist tactic to me. Next you'll be
                          wearing sandwhich signs boycotting Jewish owned businesses. I
                          hate all ignorance.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 1:16pm

                          Kristen Shatynski This boycott is ignorance and anti-Semitism.
                          I would have expected better from an organization of academics.
                          I wish there was dislike button.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 12:15pm

                          AXie Kidd lol ASA is boycotting Israel in solidarity with education
                          establishments... wait which education establishments you mean
                          the ones in Gaza or is the ones in Pakistan where women risk their
                          lives going to school? So I guess the ASA is against progress in
                          middle east by boycotting the only country that has a democracy,
                          free press and oh yeah universal education.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 12:12pm

                          Myles Reed Well done, ASA, for boycotting a western democracy
                          governed by the rule of law. Kudos for boycotting a country
                          whose neighbors, INCLUDING Palestine, refuse to acknowledge its
                          right to exist. How can Israel acknowledge a Palestinian state, when
                          that very state refuses to acknowledge Israel's legitimacy? I am
                          terrified, shocked and outraged at your blatant display of anti Anti
                          semitism!
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 12:08pm

                          Stuart Palmer The Arab 20% of the Haifa University student
                          population think your decision is simply stupid and unacademic.
                          Time to change your profession. By the way so does Abbas who has
                          said clearly "we do not support a boycott of Israel"
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 11:59am

                          Bruce Schimmel "Those who bless you will be blessed. He who
                          curses you will be cursed." So, now I call upon the God of
                          Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to show you, for the sake of his name,
                          what will be.
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 11:49am

                          Andrew Deutsch ASA's racist and anti semitic decision should be
                          condemned by any person interested in academic freedom.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 11:19am

                          Jon Enten While I have not heard of your organization
                          previously, I now understand what a close minded group you are.
                          I will make it a goal to tell people what a biased organization you are
                          and that ASA is not a credible association that cares about advancing
                          American culture but rather is a political organization sticking its
                          political nose where it doesn't belong.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 11:06am

                          Judith Lubet Spiegel Having received my Master's Degree in
                          American Studies in 1972, I have had years to enjoy the benefits
                          of that degree. Today is the first time I have been embarrassed to
                          admit my degree's field. I read works by a vast array of writers, some
                          of whom were truly dreadful people. No AS professors boycotted
                          them. Why a whole country now? Why the ASA National Council
                          chose Israel as it's first boycotted country shocks me. As there are so
                          many countries with more egregious wrongs than Israel, I can't but
                          wonder what is behind this first. Denying Israeli scholars the chance
                          to converse and share with ASA scholars smacks of something much
                          worse than a boycott.
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                          Michael Lazar Concur!
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                          Michael Lazar Idiot
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                          Frank Jaffe Your group is an absol;ute abomination. I notice
                          that your board has come from many countries that are
                          repressive. Why not boycott them? What about N. Korea? What
                          about China? Of course you are Jew-haters. This is academic
                          freedom?
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 9:42am

                          Mary Wilson Bravo! The ASA has the courage to lead the U.S.
                          academic community in supporting the oppressed Palestinian
                          people, particularly their academic institutions. Israel's usual hasbara
                          (propaganda) machine has revved up, using its usual methods:
                          change the subject ("other nations are worse"), talk about the
                          minimal damage done to Israelis by occupied Palestinians rather than
                          the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians at Israeli
                          hands, and as a last resort, label any criticism of Israel as anti-
                          Semitic. Thanks to the ASA and organizations like it, these
                          threadbare maneuvers are well past their used-by date.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 9:09am

                          Ron Mizrachi Does the ASA have public records of all the people
                          whom are donors? Please provide this, I would like to contact any
                          donors individually, research if they work or own or are associated
                          with any businesses, and inform them that I want to organize public
                          boycotts of those businesses for being anti Israel. Please publish
                          links to that information. Thank You.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 8:35am

                          Michael Kaplan Boycott countries that cut off women's
                          clitorises. You left wing sociopath rejects have a serious thought
                          disorder. You boycott good and embrace evil. May you get what you
                          deserve. I hope you all get
                          To meet allah in person.
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                          Mark Gold For those who know that academia today is rife with
                          moral perverts and fools, this is a fine piece of evidence. Is the
                          USA next on your list?
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 8:12am · Edited

                          Lynne LeBlanc This is terrible and presents you as a sham.
                          Like · Reply ·   1 · December 17 at 8:09am

                          Eric Savage Wherever he is, Hitler is smiling right now.
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                          Tova Sherman It would seem Anti-Israel sentiment (thinly
                          masked Antisemitism) is more palatable for ASA members. How
                          sad. How shameful. How naive.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 6:14am

                          John Boland Interesting timeline, too. Nothingburger
                          organization joins Facebook on December 3, jumps on the boycott
                          bandwagon, and suddenly we know it exists. Nice marketing, if
                          nothing else.
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 5:49am

                          Alexander Shurygin What a shame.
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                          Abraham Mercado Sylvia - because Israel controls the rain ?!
                          Right
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                          Adam Hyman Let the staff know your thoughts:
                          http://www.theasa.net/about/page/staff/
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 12:31am

                          Jim Raker Anti Semites! Academic? Doesn't seem like much, if
                          any, thinking went into this knee jerk propaganda. Small minds,
                          small genitals?
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                          John Spike Have you gone insane ?? Are you brain dead ??
                          Academia as an institution will be damaged beyond recognition.
                          You are all MORONS !!! I really hope you lose your tax exempt
                          status. You should be exposed as the left wing "USEFUL IDIOTS"
                          THAT STALIN SPOKE ABOUT.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 10:51pm

                          Batel Libes What a sad reflection on your association.
                          Like · Reply · December 16 at 5:42pm

                          Austin Reid So when will the boycott statements come out
                          against Iran, Zimbabwe, China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia? What
                          made Israel stick out?
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 5:41pm

                          Natalie Blacher http://www.bloomberg.com/.../some-lessons-
                          in-effective...
                          Like · Reply · December 16 at 5:37pm

                          Natalie Blacher http://www.thedp.com/.../asa-israel-boycott-
                          academic...
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                          Randy Schafer just wondering what other countries have been
                          boycotted.
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                          New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership
                          (NYACT) Congratulations on this fantastic decision to stand up
                          for human rights!
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                          Berel Dov Lerner May I quote the Hamas leadership? "Welcome
                          useful American idiots! You are doing for us what a previous
                          generation of "progressives" did for Stalin."
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                          Susan Taylor I'm rather skeptical, given the other nations with
                          even shoddier human rights and education records that you aren't
                          boycotting.
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                          Eric Feldkamp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2Hlg1-
                          blE4...
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                          Cynthia Franklin having just read this status update from Gaza
                          Youth Breaks Out makes clear the urgency, for the humanity of
                          us all, to oppose Israeli's violations to international law: "Thousands
                          of people have been made homeless in Gaza, Raw sewage is pouring
                          into the streets, Electricity cut, blockade, no medicine getting
                          through, all borders are closed and people can not get in and out of
                          Gaza , People can not heat their homes, 4 people have died already
                          due to the storm, meanwhile Israel is opening the flood gates and
                          dams letting more and more water in the Gaza strip and making the
                          catastrophe worse and worse."
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                               Aaron Bitterman Gaza is controlled by Hamas! No one in
                               your org. is boycotting them!
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                          Aaron Bitterman Have fun in court, racists!!!!!

                          http://legalinsurrection.com/.../tax-exempt-status-of.../
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                          Deborah Ann There is nothing anti-Semitic about the ASA's
                          decision. For too long, this discussion has been dominated by
                          those who claim to represent all Jews simply because they support
                          Israel. It is time the world heard a different perspective. Israel does
                          not represent all Jews and it certainly does not represent me, and the
                          idea that it does is offensive to me both as a Jew but more
                          importantly as a human being. Those who criticize the ASA for being
                          anti-semitic fail to realize that this decision has nothing to do with
                          anti-semitism. It's HUMAN rights, not Jewish rights.
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 19 at 2:23pm

                          Bob Ross this is fantastic news! The ASA is making the academy
                          relevant, powerful, and righteous again. Well done!
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 17 at 12:36am

                               Aaron Bitterman No, the RIGHTEOUS are at Yad Vashem.
                               They are honored for defending the Jewish people against all
                               odds.
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                          Vadim Permakoff Thank you for courageous step in the right
                          direction.
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 16 at 10:32pm

                               Aaron Bitterman How is it a step in the right direction?
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                          Hajo Haja Good Job ASA! Its about time.....
                          Like · Reply ·     3 · December 16 at 8:28pm

                          American Studies Association We're fixing URL above so title
                          of piece comes out right. Please open link for details on the
                          members vote.
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                               Batel Libes Needing to do damage control? Too late.
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                          Judy Wohl Bigotry in the guise of academic freedom.
                          Like · Reply ·     2 · December 17 at 11:09am

                          Chris Tolliday I am amazed you people are so eager to support
                          a terrorist organization ..you people should hang your heads in
                          collective shame ...but then this group is virtually unknown and
                          hypocritical in doing this shows a double standard and very little
                          common sense...
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                          Donna Nassor Bravo to the ASA. You have made the right
                          decision. Your courage and determination to support peace/justice
                          is a shining example for others. Salaam.
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 18 at 12:51pm

                          Ryan Williams Why is the boycott antisemitic? Isn't Israel
                          composed of millions of Arabs? Aren't there Christians, Muslims,
                          Europeans and African citizens of Israel? Is Israel not composed of
                          many different creeds, cultures and nationalities? Why when any sort
                          of criticism is lobbed at Israel are the non Jewish members that
                          Israel comprised of forgotten? It's as if Israel is purely Jewish when
                          it needs to be defended. Seems to be rather insulting to the Non
                          Jewish community of Israel.
                          Like · Reply · 3 · December 17 at 3:11am

                          Sheyna Ali Thank you so much ! This is a step in the right
                          direction for peace , for stability , for humanity . Thank you ASA
                          for supporting what the world needs to support, PEACE and end to




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                          apartheid. This is a beautiful gesture that would have made Nelson
                          mendela happy! Again thanks !
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                          Don Leonard "It may not be the decision itself that causes the
                          greatest fallout, but its aftermath. Jewish and non-Jewish
                          supporters of Israel will surely and understandably protest the
                          decision and possibly launch their own “counteroffensive” against the
                          ASA and its members. American campuses could turn into an arena
                          for thrashing out not only the issue of boycott but the pros and cons
                          of Israel and its occupation of Palestinian territories. Such a clash is
                          sure to generate the kind of publicity that would spread news of the
                          boycott far and wide.

                          It’s the kind of publicity that Israel can do without. It the kind of
                          melee that could turn into a battle over the hearts and minds of
                          America’s future elites. Even those who find such comparisons
                          odious must surely take into account that the anti-apartheid
                          campaign also started on American campuses, before it overtook the
                          country as a whole."

                          end game for Zionist genocide against Palestinian Semites....and the
                          3 billion we send every year so they can afford to do it. Here is
                          hoping.

                          http://www.haaretz.com/.../diplomacy.../.premium-1.563916
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                          Don Leonard ASA is in good company...clearly the majority of
                          the world outside of America does not support Israeli genocide.

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                          "Our exilic mission is to live humbly and at peace with all nations.
                          The Zionists have violated the terms of exile by behaving in a
                          consistently barbaric manner towards the Palestinians. We believe
                          that contemporary sovereignty over the Holy Land belongs to those
                          who have lived there for centuries, the Palestinians. If they would be
                          disposed to allow some Jewish communities to live peacefully in their
                          midst is entirely their decision, not ours. After the coming of the
                          Messiah questions of political "rights" will be rendered irrelevant. All
                          men will join together in the joyous worship of their Creator."

                          http://www.nkusa.org/AboutUs/FAQs/index.cfm#israel
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                               Don Leonard http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                               v=kDKw0f95k7Q
                               Like · December 19 at 5:49am

                               Don Leonard http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                               v=qMGuYjt6CP8&feature=youtu.be
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                          Nir Chen In one word: stupid
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                          Ahmad Usman THUMBS UP             Hope more people become
                          aware of this apartheid racist warmongering state.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 1:03pm

                               Aaron Bitterman Please tell me how it is apartheid.
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                          Judy Okun You are disgraceful hypocrites. Israel? Of all places?
                          How about the endless list of countries that commit atrocities on
                          women, gays, children on a daily basis? Distorted thinking has
                          hijacked higher ed and our children are the unfortunate recipients of
                          your muddled, biased, myopia.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 17 at 9:19am · Edited

                          Ian Ross L http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-we-do-not-
                          support-the.../
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 4:27pm

                          Ian Ross L Note 90% of these institutions were founded under
                          the "oppressive" regime that you reference.
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                          David Levin Unless I missed something, the verbiage
                          surrounding this vote does not seem to set out conditions that
                          would lead to reinstatement. Will the ASA please clarify this?

                          Without rules, such movements usually cave in to the most extreme;
                          ASA members are surely aware of this.
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                          Nephtaly Hans Velez-Crespo The ASA's attempt to politicize
                          academia has not gone unnoticed.

                          Penn State-Harrisburg and Brandeis have withdrawn their
                          membership from the ASA. You can expect many more institutions of
                          higher learning to follow suit.




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                          Like · Reply ·   1 · December 19 at 12:26am

                          Eliyahu Neiman Has someone re-defined apartheid?
                          Like · Reply ·   1 · December 16 at 6:16pm

                          Eliyahu Neiman ://www.haaretz.com/.../israel-to-launch-
                          campaign-to...
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 6:10pm

                               Eliyahu Neiman This is just part of Israel's "apartheid"
                               plans to indoctrinate Arabs in issues such as math, science,
                               and English proficiency. For shame, Israel!
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                          Sammy Alqasem Thank you to all the ASA members who
                          supported the boycott, and a special thanks to the Activism
                          Caucus members who initiated the process! This action underscores
                          the need for scholars to act upon the evidence the encounter,
                          especially when human rights are at stake. Equally as important, it
                          serves to inspire future boycotts and other actions against oppressive
                          systems, both from the ASA and beyond it. Keep up the amazing
                          work, and don't let the vitriol get to you!
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 19 at 8:25am via mobile

                          Matthew Foldi I can't say I'm shocked by the academic boycott
                          of Israel, since you "esteemed academics" love selectively
                          condemning human rights abusers, while ignoring the actual
                          purveyors of some of the worst human rights abuses in the world.
                          Again, your lack of understanding of the fundamentals of the Middle
                          East is not surprising; in fact, I would almost assume that a rabid
                          hatred of the only democracy in the Middle East is a requirement for
                          membership in this "prestigious organization" (that I'm sure places a
                          high premium on academic freedom), whose only way to receive any
                          publicity is to join one of the biggest jokes on earth--a movement so
                          poorly cloaked in anti-semitism that there is no point debating this
                          topic. I would like to add that in school, students from 1st grade on
                          have now been taught never to cite wikipedia and assume it is an
                          authoritative source, yet you have gone further than lazy children by
                          citing Mondoweiss, which is regarded by anyone with a brain as
                          being flat out anti-Jewish. In fact, Peter Beinart of all people has
                          even accused them of "ignoring human rights abuse unless it can be
                          linked to America or capitalism or the West", and said that "By
                          admitting that they’re more interested in human rights violations
                          when Israel commits them than when Hamas does, Horowitz and
                          Roth are implying that they don’t really see human rights as
                          universal (http://www.thedailybeast.com/.../why-not-criticize-
                          hamas... Observe that thinking humans don't resort to petty hate
                          peddlers while trying to have serious discussion)." The Simon
                          Wiesenthal Center cleary articulates this:
                          “FIRST: Double Standards – singling out Israel for criticism while
                          ignoring the more egregious behavior of major human rights abusers
                          in the Arab and Muslim world and beyond.

                          “SECOND: Demonization of Israel – distorting the Jewish State’s
                          actions by means of insidious and false comparisons with the Nazis
                          and/or South Africa’s Apartheid regime.

                          “THIRD: Delegitimization – when Israel’s fundamental right to exist
                          is denied—alone among all nations in the world—this too is anti-
                          Semitism.

                          “BDS claims to be peaceful or to favor “nonviolent punitive measures”
                          (while refusing to denounce anti-Israel, anti-Jewish violence).
                          “BDS often downplays its programmatic commitment to the unlimited
                          “right of return” of millions of Palestinians, not born in Israel but
                          claiming refugee status that would spell the end of the Jewish State.
                          “BDS ostensibly wants to right the specific wrongs done to
                          Palestinians, yet attacks the foundations of Israel’s entire economy
                          and society: all (Jewish) Israelis are collectively guilty.
                          “BDS is fueled by and reinforces a one-sided historical narrative
                          denying any responsibility of Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim
                          “rejectionists” for destroying chances for peace and reconciliation—
                          from before Israel’s establishment in 1948, to the 1980 Egyptian-
                          Israeli Peace Treaty, to the 1993 Oslo Accords, to the 2000-2001
                          Camp David and Wye Summits, to the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from
                          Gaza, and to this very day.
                          “BDS slanders Zionism and supporters of the Jewish State by
                          falsifying the profound differences between Apartheid South Africa
                          and democratic Israel.
                          “BDS utilizes—without admitting it—Christian “supersessionist”
                          theological claims that Jews and Israel have lost divine favor
                          because of the Jewish People’s alleged sins and as result Jews no
                          longer have legitimate historic or moral claims to the Holy Land.”
                          I would challege you to boycott nations where academic freedom is
                          imperiled, such as Iran, China, Russia (need I go on?). In fact, as I
                          was writing this, I was greeted with the pleasant news that Brandeis
                          is now withdrawing from your organization, given that you have
                          proven yourselves to be nothing but a sham. Sure, you can get a few
                          likes on this page from some anti-Israel militants who have nothing
                          better to do with their lives. Sure, you can get some media attention
                          (since you clearly have been lacking this before, and this is some
                          petty overcompensation for your academic insignificance). However,
                          what you can never do is win the argument. You may have fallen
                          hook, line and sinker for BDS's lies, but you can rest assured that
                          people who believe in true freedom of thought will recognize you for
                          the farce you are.
                          With that, I welcome your response that will defend the indefensible.
                          BDS trolls, you have nothing else to do with your lives other than
                          attend failed protests, so let's go.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 18 at 10:31pm

                          Leili Kashani ASA: Brave, dignified, and on the right side of
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                          foresight to face malignant or misinformed charges of bigotry to
                          support the dignified call against Israeli apartheid. Congratulations
                          for doing the right and difficult thing, right when it matters so much.
                          You've become an inspiration.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 12:23pm · Edited

                          Mike Rahr ...all people of conscience, all over the world, salute
                          your stand for decency and Human Rights.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 5:19am

                               Aaron Bitterman what's decent about it?
                               Like · December 17 at 8:26am

                               Mike Rahr ...it is an appropriate response to a regime that
                               is oppressing others in its pursuit of violent expansion.
                               Like · 3 · December 17 at 9:20am

                               Yael Lieber Supporters of Israel can't help but point out the
                               obvious hypocrisy of the BDS mike rahr ... So the "comparison"
                               is not off Israel to China but off BDS and their reaction to Israel
                               as compared to their reaction to China ... So actually we are
                               comparing responses and as far as China, Iran, Syria etc. the
                               response from bds is silence. This indicates that bds is not
                               interested in "principled stances and human rights" but is
                               interested in bashing Jews. BDS response to Israel is
                               disproportionate to their responses to much more egregious
                               situations ... ( in most cases BDS had no response which
                               suggests they are complicit with these atrocities) And that is
                               obvious hypocrisy.
                               Like · December 17 at 7:09pm

                               Mike Rahr Why Israel??..let Claire Potter explain:

                               “The call for boycott, divestment and sanctions is being made
                               by an organization springing from Palestinian civil society.

                               Why would that request target any other state but Israel? Why
                               would an instrument of Palestinian civil society ask allies around
                               the globe to boycott other oppressive regimes? Why, if asked to
                               listen to grievances from one group of colonized people, would a
                               US scholar require all other oppressed groups to submit their
                               grievances before giving one group a fair hearing? And despite
                               the fact that China is routinely mentioned as an obvious target
                               for similar actions, few people mention that there is a robust
                               Free Tibet movement that is also very popular on college
                               campuses and does not seem to draw the kind of scrutiny that
                               BDS has.

                               So I resent the smokescreens, accompanied by veiled and not
                               so veiled charges of anti-Semitism, that are intended to divert
                               our eyes from ongoing human rights violations that require our
                               urgent attention."

                               http://chronicle.com/.../blogging-across-the-water-a.../
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                          Assaf Meron From Hamas' charter: "When the Jew will hide
                          behind stones and trees, the stones and trees will say, ‘O
                          Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him". I
                          guess the ASA has picked a side, albeit one that is in complete
                          contradiction to what it stands for. Shame on you.
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 17 at 12:45am · Edited

                          Neill Le Roux Well done ASA! I salute and support your decision.
                          Like · Reply ·   2 · December 18 at 5:25am

                          Hajar Ibrahim Thank you ASA finally some who are waking up
                          to the truth and justice..
                          Like · Reply · 2 · December 19 at 12:36am

                          Chris Tolliday No point in boycotting this org they have no real
                          influence anyway, except in their own racist minds...
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 16 at 2:09pm

                          Paolo Cremidis Somehow the idea that ideologies like BDS that
                          encourage discrimination are opening up "discussions" is false. If
                          anyone criticizes BDS or any sort of political ideology put out by the
                          same people who want to encourage "discussion" those same people
                          are not open to criticism of their own ideologies. So its nothing but
                          people lying about being biased to feel good about themselves. So
                          don't lie and do not open up discrimination against Israeli students.
                          Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 7:08am

                               Divest This I disagree, Paolo. For their actions have indeed
                               begun a number of discussions. For instance, schools
                               affiliated with ASA are discussing whether they want to be
                               associated with an organization that has abandoned the
                               principles of academic freedom, scholarly organizations like
                               AAUP are discussing how loathsome ASA's behavior has been,
                               and other academic organizations are discussing how to avoid
                               being poisoned by BDS toxins now that they've seen what's
                               happened to the ASA once it decided to abandon scholarship for
                               politics.
                               Like · 2 · Yesterday at 9:24am

                               Paolo Cremidis Of course you do the ASA boycott is
                               nothing but inviting professors to discriminate against students
                               who have ties to Israeli universities.
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                               Paolo Cremidis its nothing but discrimination.
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                          A-Engler Anderson Of course, there's no DISLIKE button...
                          shows what you bolsheviks really think about free speech,
                          democracy and so on.
                          Like · Reply · 24 minutes ago

                          A-Engler Anderson We're all Americans here, so you'll
                          understand when I say, "GO SHOVE YOUR BOYCOTT WHERE THE
                          SUN DOESN'T SHINE, DICKBRAINS! ASSHOLES! CONTEMPTIBLE
                          CRETINS, GOLLYWOG FELLATORS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED SCUM!
                          Like · Reply · 25 minutes ago

                          Nate Birnbaum It is so sad to see the ugly face of anti-Semitism
                          donned by what had purported to have been a prestigious and
                          honorable organization. I lost many members of my family during
                          the Holocaust because of blind lemmings like yourselves who
                          believed the "Big Lie". If you are truly in favor of boycotting countries
                          who actually practice the curtailment of academic freedom, why not
                          boycott China, Singapore, Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Check your
                          facts!
                          Like · Reply · 50 minutes ago

                          Barbara Wortman more ammuniton for anti-semitism,
                          divisiveness, and hatred. This was an outrageous decision that
                          singled out a country, and therefore a people, that has been
                          subjected to discrimination and prejudice. I am outraged.
                          Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

                          ‫ שלמה קרני‬For shame! You are not an academic-freedom
                          scholarly organization. Hamas is written all over you.
                          Like · Reply · 19 hours ago

                          Carter Larson Now, by SPLC standards ASA qualifies as a Hate
                          Group.
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                               Don Leonard https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
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                               lol too funny. Truth has your knickers in a knot huh
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                          Sasha Berkovich This is a shame. Of all the countries in the
                          world certainly it's Israel that deserves your boycott. Do you know
                          somethings that allow you to question academic freedoms in Israel,
                          or is it just climbing on the bandwagon? Institutions of higher
                          learning should be about academic discourse, not misguided political
                          actions. This is most definitely un-American.
                          Like · Reply · 23 hours ago · Edited

                          Ethan Schur http://www.jewishpress.com/.../members-
                          flee.../2013/12/20/0/
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                          Seth Victor Happy my daughter goes to Penn State
                          Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:35pm

                          Joshua Rotenberg http://israelseen.com/.../guess-whos-
                          valedictorian-at.../
                          Like · Reply · Yesterday at 5:32am

                          Ronald Markowitz Has ASA ever found reason to boycott the
                          Islamic groups who wantonly kill and maime non believers and
                          stone their own women?
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 11:10pm via mobile

                               Don Leonard No, well, Americans fund and train those
                               Islamic groups right?

                               As to stoning women? America is one of the most violent,
                               unequal countries on the planet.

                               And poverty is the ultimate expression of violence. So people in
                               glass houses should not throw stones.

                               I don't blame YOU for the actions of the few sick mofos running
                               our government, I don't blame Jews for the actions of the sick
                               political Zionists that run their country, so you should not blame
                               Muslims for the actions of a few extremists, right?

                               And you certainly should not support land theft, genocide, and
                               apartheid because you think others do worse.
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                          Ethan Corey The ASA claims that it will take down all posts that
                          are substance free. Does "substance free" mean posts we
                          disagree with?
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 10:42pm via mobile

                          Ethan Corey If I post a pro-BDS comment, I bet that the ASA
                          won't attempt to censor me. Voila.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 10:18pm

                          Ethan Corey A ridiculous organization conducts a ridiculous vote
                          and not surprisingly, a ridiculous outcome is the result.
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                          Bruce Levine Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame. . .to accompany
                          your endless shame. Feh.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 9:05pm

                          Thomas Herzel You voted for a boycott of Israel??? So you
                          should vote next year for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad being your
                          president for next period 2014-2015! He has lost his job in Iran and
                          is free now and would be the perfect president for ASA!!! And I am
                          sure he would love to do it!
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 8:28pm · Edited

                          Alex Zatsman Just curious: what other countries does this
                          venerable institution boycott ?
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 8:01pm

                          Suzanne Salamon Wow, so interesting. 100,000 Syrians are
                          being murdered by their government, including innocent children,
                          and you go after the only democracy in the region. Makes me
                          wonder who you REALLY ...
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 6:19pm

                               Don Leonard you are a liar. They have been murdered by
                               your bought and paid for mercenaries. Do you get your news
                               from FOX?

                               ""It wasn't the government of Bashar al-Assad that used sarin
                               gas or any other gas in Ghouta," Piccinin revealed on Belgian
                               RTL radio."

                               http://www.usnews.com/.../freed-hostages-reveal...
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:14am

                               Don Leonard People like you, totally ignorant of fact, yet
                               full of opinion, make me sick.

                               http://www.globalresearch.ca/turkish-police-find.../5336917
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:16am

                               Don Leonard http://www.presstv.ir/.../confirmed-us-
                               shipping-weapons.../

                               "Mystery" of Al Qaeda's al-Nusra sponsorship revealed

                               "The confirmed admission implicates NATO directly in militarily
                               intervening in Syria's ongoing conflict and reveals the source of
                               arms and cash that have ended up primarily in the hands of Al
                               Qaeda's Syrian franchise, US designated terror front, Jabhat al-
                               Nusra. (see here for other examples of US arming listed terror
                               organizations)
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:17am

                               Don Leonard "Well, the "Syrian people" have spoken.
                               Roughly 70% support the government of Bashar al-Assad.
                               Another 20% are neutral. And only 10% are aligned with the
                               Western-supported "rebels", including those of the kidnapping,
                               lung-eating, beheading jihadi kind. "

                               http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-03-
                               050613.html
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:18am

                               Don Leonard http://www.nytimes.com/.../arms-airlift-to-
                               syrian-rebels...
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:19am

                               Don Leonard http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                               v=Dqn0bm4E9yw&sns=fb
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:19am

                               Don Leonard http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                               feature=player_embedded...
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:21am

                               Don Leonard wake up

                               http://tarpley.net/.../al-qaeda-pawns-of-cia.../

                               "Under Bush and Cheney, the alleged presence of Al Qaeda was
                               used as a pretext for bombings and invasions. Under Obama, an
                               overstretched and moribund US-UK imperialism is using al
                               Qaeda as its own irregular infantry in the effort to harass and
                               cripple the nation-states of the world, causing them to
                               disintegrate into a tribal, sectarian, criminal, and warlord chaos.
                               In the current phase, al Qaeda has resumed its original status
                               as CIA guerrillas. As a result, civilization itself is threatened
                               across vast areas of the globe. If you are skeptical, just take a
                               look at the city council of Darna, Libya."
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                          Arthur Fox You're a morally bankrupt organization...targeting the
                          only liberal democracy in the Middle East...the only country in the
                          region that protects the rights of women, gay persons...and protects
                          diversity of race, religion, and ethnicity SHAME ON YOU !!!!
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 6:03pm

                               Don Leonard too bad the Zionists do genocide, they
                               murder children, they do apartheid, they steal land. These
                               crimes are of the most egregious kind, so please don't mind if
                               we start with the worst, alrighty?

                               And you are also a liar.

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                               Israeli Racism - where Ethiopian Jews "aren't Jewish enough.":

                               "According to IRIN, a UN humanitarian news website, there is
                               rampant racism against Ethiopian Jews; they face constant
                               discrimination and they live in very poor socio-economic
                               conditions because of this racism: “Ethiopian Jews are treated
                               differently from other Israelis: factories do not want to employ
                               them; landlords refuse them; and certain schools turn away
                               their children.”

                               http://chicagomonitor.com/.../israels-ethiopian-jews-a.../
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:44am

                               Don Leonard http://www.guardian.co.uk/.../israeli-poll-
                               majority...
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:45am

                               Don Leonard http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                               v=dPxv4Aff3IA#t=98
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:46am

                               Don Leonard Israel does practice apartheid:

                               "The South African HSRC commissioned an international team of
                               scholars and practitioners of international public law from South
                               Africa, the United Kingdom, Israel and the West Bank to
                               conduct the study. The resulting 300-page draft, titled
                               Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid?: A re-assessment of Israel's
                               practices in the occupied Palestinian territories under
                               international law, represents 15 months of research and
                               constitutes an exhaustive review of Israel's practices in the OPT
                               according to definitions of colonialism and apartheid provided by
                               international law. "

                               http://www.hsrc.ac.za/.../report-israel-practicing...
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:48am

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                          Dan Klein If you must take a stand, take it against those who
                          preach hatred and murder, those who kill innocent bus-riders,
                          beach-goers and people who like pizza. It is shameful for people of
                          such intellectual and literate status to promote as ignorant and
                          bigoted a position as you have.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 5:58pm

                          Dan Klein Your vote against Israel is simply wrong. Israel is a
                          small nation of a few million people surrounded by a billion people
                          who work only to destroy it.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 5:56pm

                               Don Leonard A nation that does murder, genocide, land
                               theft, and apartheid. Who cares how small?

                               Wake up...

                               "“Even today I am willing to volunteer to do the dirty work for
                               Israel, to kill as many Arabs as necessary, to deport them, to
                               expel and burn them, to have everyone hate us, to pull the rug
                               from underneath the feet of the Diaspora Jews, so that they will
                               be forced to run to us crying. Even if it means blowing up one
                               or two synagogues here and there, I don't care.”"
                               Ariel Sharon

                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37MFa7ZKQWo#t=100
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:52am

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                          Richard J. Osborne More good news!
                          http://www.jns.org/.../boycott-of-israel-prompts-two...
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 5:50pm

                          Steve Foster This is anti semitism pure and simple. I only hope
                          that more institutions follow the lead of Brandeis and divest
                          themselves of your organization.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 5:42pm

                               Don Leonard Of course it isn't anti antisemitism. Stupid.
                               Zionism, and Judasim, are not the same thing,
                               notwithstanding what beliefs your piss poor education has
                               provided you.

                               You use "anti-semetism", because you have 0 argument in
                               logic, fact, reason, or humanity. And because you hope it will
                               stop people from speaking the truth.

                               Not any longer, we know the difference. Judaism is religion,
                               Zionism is fascist politics.

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                               Don Leonard "Zionism is a movement founded by Theodor
                               Herzl in 1896 whose goal is the return of Jews to Eretz Yisrael,
                               or Zion, the Jewish synonym for Jerusalem and the Land of
                               Israel.

                               The name of "Zionism" comes from the hill Zion, the hill on
                               which the Temple of Jerusalem was situated.




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                               Supporters of this movement are called "Zionists".

                               http://www.truetorahjews.org/whatiszionism

                               Zionists are racists, and murderers, and usurpers.
                               Like · Yesterday at 9:57am

                               Don Leonard Nope, that bullshit no longer flies...

                               http://jfjfp.com/
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                               Don Leonard
                               Http://www.nkusa.org/aboutus/palestine/support.cfm

                               "We seek the return of all Palestinian refugees to their rightful
                               land.

                               We seek to live in the land of Palestine as anti Zionist Jews. To
                               reside as loyal and peaceful Palestinian citizens, in peace and
                               harmony with our Muslim Brethren. Just as our ancestors lived
                               in Palestine for centuries before the usurpations of this tragic
                               century."
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                               Don Leonard Zionists are the real anti-semites. Murdering
                               and maiming the Semites that populate Palestine.

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                               Don Leonard And people like you are just useful idiots.

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                               Steve Foster More antisemitism.(Which you spelled
                               incorrectly) I bet your best friends are Jewish. Name calling is
                               the last refuge of people who have no argument.
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                               Don Leonard I posted some evidence of fact, and all you
                               did is obsess on a typo, and then called the fact I posted, as
                               anti-semitism.

                               truth hurts huh...

                               “A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when
                               the need for illusion is deep.”
                               ― Saul Bellow,
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                               Don Leonard we see, quite clearly,what is going on. No
                               name calling required.

                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                               v=qMGuYjt6CP8&feature=youtu.be
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                               Don Leonard http://www.truetorahjews.org/our_mission

                               "True Torah Jews is dedicated to informing the world and in
                               particular the American public and politicians that not all Jews
                               support the ideology of the Zionist state called "Israel". In fact,
                               a great number of Orthodox Jews view the ideology of that
                               state as diametrically opposed to the teachings of traditional
                               Judaism."

                               Are these guys anti-Semites too Mr. Foster?
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                          Richard J. Osborne Not just the New York Times and not just
                          Thomas Friedman- as though being ridiculed in such places
                          weren't humiliating enough-
                          http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.563920
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                          Ilene Podgur Vogel So if the ASA did this after voting to boycott
                          Cuba, Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Jordan, Afghanistan, China, Saudi
                          Arabia, etc etc etc, then even though many of us would still disagree
                          about including Israel, you might have a small case. BUT, to decide
                          to pick a totally democratic country as the ONE country you decide to
                          boycott, and one that is surrounded by countries that would give
                          anything to destroy it, including the one you are supporting, well,
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                          an inherent hatred of Israel.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 5:41pm

                          Audrey Kadis Israel is the only country in the the Middle East
                          that permits complete academic freedom. To boycott engagement
                          with this country as compared to the surrounding countries that do
                          not even know what the concept of academic freedom means is
                          hypocritical and discriminatory. It flies in the face of academic
                          integrity. Further, Israel has had more winners of the Noble prize
                          than all the Arab countries combined so it denies American scholars
                          from access to some of the best minds on the planet. Shame on you.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 4:15pm

                          Me'ir Sherer I condemn this outrageous act. The boycott is
                          “shameful, morally bankrupt and intellectually dishonest.” I urge
                          action from the academic community to renounce the ASA boycott
                          and to affirm the principles of academic freedom and the right of all
                          peoples to self-determination.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 3:01pm

                          Ethan Schur Shame on you ASA!
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 2:58pm

                          Jonathan Dorfman You guys called this one wrong. Very wrong.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 2:47pm

                          David Lerner You should all be embarrassed..... Boycotting
                          Israel - when is the boycott of Iran, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia??
                          ? When you boycott them, we can talk....
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 2:03pm

                          Mel Shuman Sheer ignorance. Take it from someone who knows
                          - Mais Ali-Saleh, the Valedictorian of Technion University the "MIT
                          of Israel":
                          http://israelseen.com/.../guess-whos-valedictorian-at.../
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                          Munir Jirmanus What a courageous & justified action in spite of
                          all the name calling & orchestrated negative response. Boycotts
                          worked in Apartheid South Africa & are the best non-violent
                          response to the brutal occupation and increasing confiscation of
                          Palestinian lands.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 12:05pm

                          Len Rosen http://israelseen.com/.../guess-whos-valedictorian-
                          at.../...
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 11:55am

                          Boaz Heilman Shame, disgrace, ignominy, prejudice, ignorance,
                          stupidity. Hide in shame!
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 11:08am

                          Joshua Melamed Does this boycott apply to Arab Christians and
                          Muslims that have Israeli citizenship?
                          Like · Reply · 1 · December 19 at 11:06am

                          Leonard Davidson How soon is the next academic boycott? Of
                          China for its repressive actions? Of Russia? Of Iran? Of Saudi
                          Arabia? Of Syria? What about North Korea? Libya? Chad? Sudan?
                          The hypocrisy of boycotting Israel, which is the only democracy in
                          the region, is outrageous. Pretty sad indication of ASA's bias as well
                          as its lack of academic integrity.
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                          Daniel Caine 2. In spite of Israel's sometimes heavy-handed
                          actions, arabs in Israel have more freedom of expression than
                          Arabs anywhere else in the Middle East. And 3. If "you have to start
                          somewhere," shouldn't you start with the worst offenders??
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 9:54am

                          Daniel Caine 1. Please consider the context. Israel takes steps
                          that we (and they) might not prefer because of the pervasive
                          threat to its existence all around. If Arabs would make peace, Israelis
                          would be able to relax.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 9:53am

                          Ery Magasanik Your leadership is guilty on several counts not
                          the least of which is not permitting the membership to read and
                          hear opposing views. Members, kick the bums out if your
                          organization is to be respected.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 9:53am

                          Julie Glauberg Grimley ASA: You are really making yourselves
                          look incredibly stupid.
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                          L. Tadd Schwab http://israelseen.com/.../guess-whos-
                          valedictorian-at.../
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                               L. Tadd Schwab Egg in your face ASA
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                               Divest This The sheer a mount of objectively true
                               information one needs to ignore (not to mention the objectively
                               false information one needs to believe) in order to say and do
                               the things ASA has done is probably the saddest demonstration
                               of what happens when people stop being academics and decide
                               to simply use their academic stature (as well as the reputation
                               of those all of their colleagues0 to punch above their own
                               limited political weight.
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                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 7:31am

                          Andrea Marchionni Ridiculous.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 3:48am

                          Tom Kaptain This is incredibly obscene and an example of anti-
                          Semitism at it's worst. Hopefully your membership will decide to
                          reconsider your organization.
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 2:41am

                          Alyssa Cohen Kaplan http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.../guess-
                          whos...
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                          Richard J. Garfunkel This is one of most disgusting acts that I
                          have read about in a long, long time. Where have these folks
                          been? In a cave! Hamas, the PLO and their fellow travelers have
                          been labeled as terrorists for decades. Israeli-Arabs are living better
                          than almost any Arabs in the whole Muslim World. These brigands in
                          Palestine have refused every effort to make peace. Their idea of
                          peace is to launch 1000s of missiles into Israel. This rump group
                          should be investigated by Congress to see who is supporting them.
                          Any school who supports this anti-Semitic act should be held to
                          account.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 10:04pm

                          Ezra Temko Dislike.
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                          Sam Strongin ASA if you want to boycott Israel then why don't
                          you stop using their intel chips? Also shouldn't you be boycotting a
                          lot of other states (China, Saudi Arabia, ect) for their violations. And
                          what about Palestinian attacks on innocent Israeli civilians; shouldn't
                          you be protesting that in some way?
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                               Fergie Collins love it. so true.
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                          Ellen Rosner Feig Absolutely wrong decision - as a professor I
                          hold to the belief that we should remain neutral, delivering all the
                          information and then allowing our students to make up their minds.
                          If you are going to boycott a country such as Israel that actually
                          believes in academia and has delivered some of the most brilliant
                          minds, you have overstepped the ethical boundaries of academia.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 7:58pm

                          Alex Agranovsky I believe this boycott attests more to the
                          character of your organization and the people on the council, than
                          it hurts Israel. If your organization's scholars are as objective and
                          clear about researching America's past, as they are about perceiving
                          Israel's situation in the present, I pity future generations that will
                          have to rely on their research.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 5:26pm

                          David Spiegler The problem is that most professors contribute
                          nothing to society. But they cost a lot. political science,
                          psychology, social work, english lit etc. It means nothing. An investor
                          running a sweat shop in Bengladesh is giving people hope and I
                          respect that. But shameless leaches like you....
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 5:04pm

                          Thomas Amlie Good riddance
                          http://taxprof.typepad.com/.../2013/12/cornell-law-prof.html
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 4:26pm

                          Jeremy Cox I have a question for you ASA. What would Israel
                          have to do for your decision to be reversed?
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 4:18pm

                          Daniel Rosenberg I agree with others posting here that this
                          boycott is a disgrace. Why target Israel and no other country?
                          Just look at Israel's neighbors - Syria and Egypt - and explain why
                          neither of them has been targeted, considering their governments
                          are killing thousands of civilians. The only answer I can think of is
                          anti-semitism on the part of the association and its members.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 3:53pm

                          William Stroock ADA, the Swastika is calling you!
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                          Jeremy Cox What's the matter ASA is the Israeli intellect (and
                          yes that includes Arabs) just too much for you to handle?
                          Pathetic.
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                          William Stroock
                          http://en.wikipedia.org/.../File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_147... further
                          meeting of ASA officials.
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                          William Stroock
                          http://en.wikipedia.org/.../File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_146... American
                          Studies Association meets to discuss boycott of Israel.
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                          Salvador Rovero Time to find the sponsors of ASA, reveal them
                          and boycott them.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 2:34pm

                          Bruce Fisher Native Americans know something about Racism,
                          racial violence, genocide, occupation, and apartheid:
                          http://www.jpost.com/.../Native-American-Studies...
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                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 10:45am

                          Yuri Nakhshin Angela Davis signed it! Seriously?! LOL And you
                          ASA-holes think you have any credibility left? Good for Israel, I
                          say
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                          William Stroock http://www.youtube.com/watch?
                          v=HrombDUtOYY Breaking! ASA archival footage unearthed!
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 10:10am

                          William Stroock The American Studies Association's boycott:
                          Academic Kristalnacht.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 7:54am

                          William Stroock The American Studies Association: continuing
                          the work begun on 11/9/38.
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                          William Stroock The ASA could have protested the Assad
                          Regime in Syria, but instead they boycotted his democratic
                          neighbor.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 7:53am

                          William Stroock The ASA could have protested Russia's laws
                          against homosexuality, but instead they boycotted the most gay
                          friendly country on Earth.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 7:52am

                          William Stroock The ASA could have boycotted the Burmese
                          Junta, but they boycotted the Jews.
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                          Hilary Minch I salute you for taking this step. We all need to
                          stand up for justice and freedom and do what we can to challenge
                          injustice, always. Your academic boycott resolution is strong and well
                          thought out. It will stand the test of time and pressure from the
                          Zionist lobby. You set a fine example for other academic institutions.
                          Like · Reply · December 18 at 5:23am

                          Herriy Cahyadi great job..
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                          Abed Gazaabou Shhadeh perceived*
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                          Alla Pivnik Black racists and anti-Semites in action.....One more
                          set of Laurie Cumbo's type "knockout" supporters ....Dirty Black
                          Nazis..
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                          William Stroock The American Studies Association takes up the
                          work begun on 9 November, 1938.
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                          Ali Altan good job       congrats!
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                          Randy Pitts http://mesa.ucdavis.edu/faculty/me-sa-
                          faculty/sunaina-maira
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                               Randy Pitts lmao Palestinian and American culture have no
                               part of each other, this is Islams push through cair and the
                               rest the bullshit artist to involve us into matters not of our own,
                               if Islam is so great, they can go back home and deal with their
                               own crap on their own dime , this is total farce and a disgrace
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                          Mark Stein American hate jews Association
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                          Mark Stein AmericanAnti semitic Association
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                          Ben Gutkin How about posting the names of all the members
                          who voted for the boycott, and the names of the institutions
                          where they teach. Or is this a secret that you need to keep quiet?
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                               Aaron Bitterman It was unanimous
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                          Jill Cunniff One of the founders of the BDS Movement received
                          his Masters from Tel Aviv University.
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 5:16pm

                          Susan Brownmiller Loving this spirited reaction against you.
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 4:53pm

                               Divest This You mean the spirited condemnation of the rest
                               of the academy, starting with the AAUP and continuing onto
                               the hundreds of professors who have expressed their disgust
                               over ASA's behavior in nearly every educational web site where
                               this story has been covered? By the way, given that the whole
                               boycott is predicated on the assumption that being condemned
                               by an academic organization makes one loathsome, what does
                               that make ASA?
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                               warped and a stupid organization of irrational and irresponsible
                               haters.
                               Like · 1 · December 18 at 10:22am

                               Divest This You said it! And not just warped, but also
                               unbelievably lame. So far, their attempts to explain themselves
                               to the outside world (especially in forums where they don't
                               control all access to information) has so far demonstrated them
                               to be utterly inarticulate. Which may explain why they have
                               decided to huddle in their Ivied bunkers to avoid having to
                               answer the many, many questions that have been put to them
                               about their censorious behavior during the vote and their
                               inability to articulate how this whole boycott is supposed to
                               work. The only sad thing is that their behavior is starting to soil
                               the entire field of American Studies (if not the academy as a
                               whole) who will be the real victims of their atrocious (and
                               cowardly) behavior.
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                          Muti Feldbrand Proud Hasidic jew
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 4:46pm

                          Muti Feldbrand the Jews are occupiers, the Jews are greedy the
                          Jews are wealthy, the Jews are too smart, the Jews are destroying
                          the environment.
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                          Meshulam Shimon ‫כגבר יהודי ,כסטודנט ישראלי, כבחור צעיר‬
                          !‫אני אומר לכם:טעיתם‬
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 3:44pm

                          Meshulam Shimon comme un homme juif, comme un étudiant
                          israélien, comme JEUNE HOMME JE DIS: que vous avez tort!
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 3:42pm

                          Meshulam Shimon como un hombre judío, como un estudiante
                          israelí, como un HOMBRE JOVEN QUE DIGO: USTED
                          EQUIVOCADO!
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 3:42pm

                          Meshulam Shimon ‫كرجل يهودي، كطالب اإسرائيلي، عندما كان‬
                          !‫شابا وأنا أقول: أنت خاطئ‬
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 3:41pm

                          Chuck See Amazing that this idiotic organization has the nerve
                          to attempt to side with the Palestinians and the justly deserved
                          low esteem Americans hold them in. Let's see, which culture was it
                          that danced in the streets after 9/11? HMMMM, yes, it sure was the
                          Palestinians. Which country is our ally? Israel, NOT Gaza and their
                          terrorist overlords.
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 3:10pm

                          Neil J Sheber http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4095/abbas-
                          bds
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                          Richard Becker http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4095/abbas-
                          bds
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                          Bruce Fisher Like in the world's oldest Democracy, the myth of
                          the Virgin Land is alive and well in Israel. European Jews
                          returning to the promised land. It is a virgin land so the native
                          peoples are not really rooted in the landscape.They are unwanted,
                          dangerous aliens.

                          It's not about Democracy. It's about a myth that allows Israel to do
                          what they do to the indigenous people just as it allowed the
                          European Americans to do what they did to their indigenous people.
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                               Judith Lubet Spiegel ...in the midst of millions of hostile
                               Arabs who wanted no Jews and couldn't care less about the
                               native Palestinians...or native Jews...and expected to wipe the
                               Jews off the land in 1948...and 1967...and 1972...and so on. It's
                               a much more complex story than this boycott chooses to tell.
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                               Bruce Fisher Here are some thoughts on the topic from our
                               'homeboy', http://www.nytimes.com/.../friedman-secretary-
                               kerrys...
                               I agree with him, trust is needed, and I think that Israel is in
                               the better position to initiate that trust.
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                          Michael Blatt Those who can do - those who are useless are
                          members of the ASA! Why don't you teach in a real discipline
                          Like · Reply · December 17 at 12:08pm

                          Alex Beck Down with the American Studies Association and
                          LONG LIVE ISRAEL!!!!!!
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                          Robert Sidi Boycotts have frequently been used against the
                          Jews....and other monorities..does anyone remeber Al Sharpton's
                          "Korean Boycott"? Take a look at www.ISGAP.org .
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                          Nicholas Carraway Yesterday, I asked for a response from the
                          ASA; to wit, Will someone from the ASA please post the names of
                          countries, other than Israel, that they have previously boycotted. No
                          answer yet, but I found this on the association's website FAQ for the




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                          boycott: Q: "Does the boycott resolution unfairly single out Israel?
                          After all there are many unjust states in the world."
                          A: "The boycott resolution responds to a request from the Palestinian
                          people, including Palestinian academics and students, to act in
                          solidarity. Because the U.S. contributes materially to the Israeli
                          occupation, through significant financial and military aid
                          and, as such, is an important ally of the Israeli state and because the
                          occupation daily confiscates Palestinian land and devastates
                          Palestinian lives, it is urgent to act now. " If ASA has supported the
                          boycott of any other country, it would have specified those countries
                          in the answer. Case closed. The majority of ASA members harbor a
                          specific bias against Israel to the exclusion of any murderous and
                          repressive governments.
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                          Judie Amsel http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-we-do-not-
                          support-the.../
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                          Judie Amsel https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
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                          Doc Meromorphic From the resolution:
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                               Doc Meromorphic It is also resolved that the ASA supports
                               the protected rights of students and scholars everywhere to
                               engage in research and public speaking about Israel-Palestine .
                               In what Arab country is that right protected? In most, public
                               expression against government policy will not go un-punished.
                               Are you going to boycott them as well?
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                          Alex's Corner One would be tempted to think that an
                          organization having "studies" in its name may base its actions and
                          decisions on scientifically proven facts, and not on political opinions
                          and blatant propaganda.
                          Go figure...

                          But of course, when it comes to academic support for these nice and
                          well educated people (http://www.theguardian.com/.../12/cattle-
                          abuse-gaza-video), any self-respecting scholar should immediately
                          decide to boycott the country that allegedly oppresses them!
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                          Maksim Tabachnik http://lolsnaps.com/upload_pic/Murica-
                          98917.jpg
                          You go stupid Americans, boycott us...
                          You are so brave
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                          Alyssa Cohen Kaplan http://po.st/mLm44w
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                          Salah D. Hassan
                          http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/16-2
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                          Jeremy David Sandock http://youtu.be/EsOH2Y_CZE0
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                          Marty Weiss Take a look at these facts all you fancy
                          academicians: freerepublic.com
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                          Deborah Weiss Hypocrites! I could say more, but the ASA does
                          not deserve my time and this pretty well sums it up.
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                          Michael Kleinman Rebbe Nachman in Likkutei Maharan Ch. 6
                          explains that to truly increase the glory of Hashem in the world, a
                          person or a nation has to undergo disgrace and embarrassment. This
                          explains a lot of the reason for the anti-Semitism in the world.
                          Hashem is actually doing us a favor; when we are disgraced and
                          humiliated in the eyes of others, and yet we continue to act in an
                          upstanding and correct manner, this only increases the glory of Gd.
                          Think deeply about this and you'll realize it is true. So while the ASA
                          is doing a disgraceful thing, realize that there is a deep, positive
                          reason behind it.
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                          Amanda Herman Meant in spite of
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                          Gary L Greene I will bless those who bless you,
                          And I will curse him who curses you;
                          And in you (Abram) all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
                          Genesis 12:3 NKJ
                          Like · Reply · December 16 at 8:59pm

                          Russell Gelfand Women barred from speaking at university
                          seminar | The Sunday Times
                          www.thesundaytimes.co.uk
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                          Ilan Nagar Yahav if this association is for american studies so
                          they know from first hand from studing the american history that
                          who helped the north in the civil war was Jewish who even supply
                          the uniforms and helped without asking for anything in return. and
                          this is pure knowing history.
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                          Anna Pegler-Gordon There are a lot of comments on all sides




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                          here, most of which seem to be from people who are not
                          members of the ASA. I am a member and I oppose the resolution.
                          However, I am also concerned that the discussion on FB is much
                          less thoughtful and respectful than the discussion at the ASA annual
                          meeting. I'd like to suggest that everyone who voted in this election
                          (on both sides) consider providing more than symbolic support to the
                          various groups that oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestine. New
                          Israel Fund, for example, supports a number of the Palestinian Civil
                          Society organizations that have called for BDS. Even though I don't
                          support BDS, I plan to expand my support for NIF (and B'Tselem)
                          this year as I believe that working against extremism on all sides of
                          the conflict and working to materially support Palestinian civil society
                          is a better way to end the Israeli occupation without infringing on
                          anyone's academic freedom.
                          Like · Reply · December 16 at 2:49pm · Edited

                          Don Leonard KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes
                          Tribunal (KLWCT) today found former Israeli army general Amos
                          Yaron and the state of Israel guilty of crimes against humanity and
                          genocide stemming from the massacre of Palestinians in Beirut’s
                          Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982."

                          http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37129.htm

                          What "name" you got for these folks now?
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                          Don Leonard
                          http://www.theglobeandmail.com/.../united.../article4487724/

                          Let me guess, these folks must be anti-semites as well huh?
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 5:40am · Edited

                          Don Leonard Or would you call them "self haters".

                          http://ijvcanada.org/.../jewish-human-rights-group.../
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                          Cynthia Franklin read this great response by Rima Najjar
                          Kapitan to AAUP members' opposition, on grounds of academic
                          freedom, to the boycott movement:
                          http://www.aaup.org/.../Responses/Response-Kapitan.pdf
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                          Yale Wishnick Those of you that are part of this hatred of Jews
                          should be fired from your positions. It's time every thoughtful
                          individual contacts their elected officials to cuts all tax dollars.
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                          Yale Wishnick It's time we cut off all tax dollars to these idiots.
                          You so-called academics are worthless. You have no idea what
                          the American culture is or was. Rather, you create your own image
                          and then act upon it. It is as simple as "Stupid is as Stupid Does."
                          Like · Reply · December 19 at 7:24pm

                               Don Leonard Or in your case, stupid is as stupid say's...

                               The actions of the ASA , are pursuant the actions of the
                               Zionists. A healthy response to the terrorist state called Israel.

                               https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
                               fbid=10150092894458493&set=a.433715358492.214099.51256
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                               Don Leonard As to American culture? It is a death cult. All
                               we manufacture, export, or develop are tools with which to
                               murder other people. We have murdered over 12 million people