Anthropological Association members back measure to boycott Israel

A BDS protest against Israel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) on Friday voted in favor of a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. The measure—backed in a vote of 1,040 for and 136 against—will be submitted for a larger vote among the AAA’s entire membership in the spring season of 2016.

Jewish organizations panned the AAA resolution, including the Israel Action Network initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America, which said, “This measure, which greatly undermines the tenets of academic freedom, hinders vital discourse and open dialogue on issues of global concern, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and restricts relationships with Israel's universities and scholars in a punitive fashion.”

“With this misguided vote, the Anthropological Association has aligned itself with the global BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, whose effect is the demonization of Israel. It places the entire onus of the conflict on one side: the Israelis. The BDS movement does not support a two-state solution and opposes the continued existence of Israel as a Jewish state,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League.

Posted on November 22, 2015 .