ASA Israel Boycott Backfires


“Example of the unfair double standard Israel is regularly and unfairly subjected to.” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY).

— by Steve Sheffey

Some saw the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli institutions as a proof of anti-Israel bias in academia. It was anti-Israel bias, for sure, but more and more institutions are rejecting the boycott.

If your alma matter or the college your child attends is not on the list, find out why.

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) voiced his opposition to the ASA boycott last week, and this week, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) penned a stinging rebuke to the ASA president, Curtis Marez:

I believe such action by the ASA is another example of the unfair double standard Israel is regularly and unfairly subjected to by organizations such as yours…

Unfortunately, your response that “we have to start somewhere” when queried about this contradiction only serves to highlight your organization’s bias against Israel.

If you must “start somewhere,” than I strongly suggest the ASA turn its attention to Syria, where Bashar al-Assad’s forces have indiscriminately shelled universities, killing students even as they sat for exams.

More after the jump.
To hear some people tell it, our college campuses are cesspools of anti-Israel Marxist propaganda. I have been hearing for decades about how bad it is, and yet support for Israel among Americans remains as strong as ever.

College is a time for experimenting with ideas and listening to different perspectives — that is why it is called “liberal” arts: It is about thinking.

We do our kids and our universities a disservice when we assume that they cannot tell light from dark.

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