Is Your Alma Mater Complicit in ASA’s Israel Boycott?

— by Ronit Treatman

This week, the American Studies Association (ASA) voted to endorse an academic boycott of Israel. A Cornell University professor, William Jacobson, is leading an effort to encourage universities to disassociate themselves from the ASA.

As of this writing, Brandeis University, Penn State University Harrisburg and Willamette University have disassociated themselves with the ASA, and Northwestern University heavily criticized the boycott, but the ASA still has many members.

I have sent an email to the president of Temple University — my alma mater — Neil D. Theobald, inquiring about Temple’s position on this matter. I pointed out that Temple is a member of the ASA, and as such supports it financially.  

Please use the contact information after the jump to contact the president of your university and share your thoughts, and use the link at the end to share a link to this article with your friends and family so that they can do the same.

As alumni, donors, and parents of potential future students, we have the right to know where our schools and their American studies departments stand.

Is the college you attended a member of the ASA? Contact information after the jump.
Remaining Members of the American Studies Association

List current as of publication. Please send updates or corrections.

Alabama

Alberta: See Canada.

Arkansas

California

  • California State University, Fullerton
    • Mildred GarcĂ­a, Office of the President, 800 N. State College Blvd.,  CP-1000, Fullerton, CA 92834, 657-278-3456, presidentgarcia@fullerton.edu  
    • Chair of the Board of Trustees: Bob Linscheid, c/o Trustee Secretariat Lhernandez@calstate.edu, 401 Golden Shore, Suite 620, Long Beach, CA 90802, (562) 951-4020  
    • Chancellor: Timothy P. White, publicaffairs@calstate.edu, Office of Public Affairs, 401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802-4210, Phone: (562) 951-4800, Fax: (562) 951-4861

  • California State University, Long Beach  
    • Donald J. Para, Interim President, California State University, Long Beach, Office of the President, Brotman Hall BH-300, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-0115, 562/985-4121, Donald.Para@csulb.edu  
    • Chair of the Board of Trustees: Bob Linscheid, c/o Trustee Secretariat Lhernandez@calstate.edu, 401 Golden Shore, Suite 620, Long Beach, CA 90802, (562) 951-4020  
    • Chancellor: Timothy P. White, publicaffairs@calstate.edu, Office of Public Affairs, 401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802-4210, Phone: (562) 951-4800, Fax: (562) 951-4861

  • University of California, San Diego  
    • Janet Napolitano, University of California, Office of the President, 1111 Franklin Street, 12th floor, Oakland, CA 94607, Media office: (510) 987-9200, president@ucop.edu  
    • Board of Regents, Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents, 1111 Franklin St.,12th floor, Oakland, CA 94607, fax: (510) 987-9224, regentsoffice@ucop.edu  
    • Pradeep K. Khosla, Office of the Chancellor, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive # 0005, La Jolla, California 92093-0005, (858) 534-3135, chancellor@ucsd.edu  
    • Peter King, Public Affairs Executive Director, Phone: (510) 987-0279  
    • Daniel M. Dooley, External relations – Senior Vice President, Phone: (510) 987-0060  
    • Charles F. Robinson, General Counsel and Vice President – Legal Affairs, Phone: (510) 987-9800

  • Stanford University
    • American Studies Program, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg 460, Stanford, CA 94305-2022, 650-725-1477, amstudies.moore@stanford.edu
    • Green Library, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305-6063, (650) 723-1493, infocenter@stanford.edu
    • John L. Hennessy, Office of the President, Building 10, Main Quad, Stanford, CA 94305, Phone: 650-723-2481, Fax: 650-725-6847, hennessy@stanford.edu
    • John W. Etchemendy, Office of the Provost, Building 10, Stanford, CA 94305-2061, (650) 724-4075, provost@stanford.edu  
    • Stanford Alumni Association, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6105, (650) 723-2021, Toll-free: (800) 786-2586  

  • University of Southern California  
    • C. L. Max Nikias, USC Office of the President, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-4019, Phone: (213) 740-2111, Fax: (213) 821-1342  
    • Chair of the Board of Trustees, Edward P. Roski Jr.   USC Alumni Association, Epstein Family Alumni Center, 3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 305, Los Angeles, CA 90089-3106, (213) 740-2300

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

  • University of Hawaii  
    • David Lassner, University of Hawaii, Office of the President, 2444 Dole Street, Bachman 202, Honolulu, HI 96822, david@hawaii.edu, tel (808) 956-8207, fax (808) 956-5286

Illinois

  • DePaul University
    • Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D., Office of the President, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-2287, 312-362-8850, DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu  
    • American Studies Department, Allison McCracken, Director, Schmitt Academic Center, 5th floor, Room 560, 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614, 773-325-7194, amccrac1@depaul.edu
    • Tracy Krahl – Assistant Vice President, Alumni Engagement, Alumni Center, 2400 N. Sheffield Ave., Suite 150, Chicago, IL 60614, 312-362-5577, tkrahl@depaul.edu
    • Board of Trustees, Secretary of the University, Edward R. Udovic, C.M., 312-362-8042, Fax: 312-362-6606, eudovic@depaul.edu
    • Chancellor, Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., 773-325-8712, jrichard@depaul.edu

  • Northwestern University, Contact information needed.

Indiana

Iowa

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

  • Kenyon College, Contact information needed.
  • Youngstown State University
    • Dr. Randy J. Dunn, President, One University Plaza, Youngstown, Ohio 44555, rjdunn01@ysu.edu, 330.941.3101  
    • Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Tod Hall, Room 203, Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, Ohio 44555, Phone: (330) 941 3370, Fax: (330) 941 3108
    • Dr. Sylvia J. Imler, Chief Diversity Officer/Interim Director, sjimler@ysu.edu
    • YSU Board of Trustees Chair: Sudershan K. Garg, M.D., Chairman, c/o YSU Office of the President, One University Plaza Youngstown, Ohio 44555, (330) 941-3101

Oklahoma

Ontario: See Canada.

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

  • Brown University
    • President Paxson: president@brown.edu
    • Chair of American Studies Dept: matthew_guterl@brown.edu
    • Vice-President, Public Relations: marisa_quinn@brown.edu

  • Roger Williams University, Contact information needed.

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

  • Brigham Young University
    • President Cecil O. Samuelson
    • Michael O’Connor – President Alumni Board, BYU Alumni, 224 Hinckley Center, Provo, UT 84602, 800-437-4663, alumni@byu.edu  
    • American Studies Department, 801-422-6692
    • Kristin L. Matthews Director, American Studies Program, Associate Professor, English, 4160 JFSB, Phone: 801 422-5295, kristin_matthews@byu.edu  
    • Board of Trustees, Thomas S. Monson, Chairman (LDS Church President)

  • University of Utah, Contact information needed.

Vermont

Virginia

Washington DC: See District of Columbia.

Washington State

Wyoming

Canada

Japan

United Kingdom

Source: American Quarterly, September 2013, Volume 65, Number 3.

 

The Forward and the Jewish Journal of Boston Launch Partnership


Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner has strong ties to the Philadelphia Jewish community. Before 2008 when she became the first woman to edit The Forward, she was vice president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, held a variety of positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer including editorial page editor, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. Her TV program The Salon continues to air locally on TJC.

Collaboration Will Enhance Jewish Journalism in Greater Boston

The Jewish Daily Forward and The Jewish Journal, two of the American Jewish community’s leading news sources, are working together to expand their coverage and entice more readers to connect with the Jewish community in Greater Boston, nationwide and around the world.

Beginning in August, the Journal’s print edition will include a selection of news, interviews,  features and arts coverage from the Forward’s correspondents worldwide. And the Journal will launch a new website, hosted by the Forward, to provide a rich online experience worthy of the Jewish Journal’s in-depth coverage of the metropolitan Boston Jewish community.

Forward president and publisher Samuel Norich:

This is another step on a road we have been traveling for a century, toward providing the most comprehensive and credible coverage of American Jewry and the Jewish world. Because we believe a robust Jewish press is essential to the health of our communities, the Forward is pleased to work with the Jewish Journal to better serve Boston’s Jewish community, and we look forward to extending this collaborative model to publications in other localities.

In this partnership, each organization will retain its editorial and financial independence. The Forward, by working with the Journal, will extend its exposure in the Boston area and benefit from the Journal’s thorough knowledge of its community. The Journal will gain access to the Forward’s extensive experience in national and international journalism, digital media and marketing.

Barbara Schneider, publisher of the Jewish Journal:

We’re laying the groundwork to expand beyond our traditional base on the North Shore. By partnering with the Forward, the Jewish Journal can maintain its hyper-local approach to covering communal news and provide a more valuable service to the Greater Boston community. We will also be able to offer our community a more comprehensive and up-to-the minute website.

Everyone wins. The Jewish Journal benefits, the Forward benefits, and — more importantly — our readers and web users benefit from our ability to do more for them together than we can separately.

About The Forward

The Forward is a legendary name in journalism, chronicling the American Jewish story for 116 years. As a nonprofit, user-supported media organization, it remains committed today to serving the Jewish community and society’s greater good with a national, Jewish perspective, strengthening Jewish engagement with independent reporting and diverse commentary on current issues and the arts, in English and Yiddish, that meet the highest standards of public service in journalism and cultural expression.

Its news, analysis, features and arts coverage reach an audience of millions through the Internet at forward.com, as well as its newspapers published in both English and Yiddish. Forward journalists are regularly seen and heard on CNN, MSNBC and NPR, and its coverage is regularly cited by major outlets such as the New York Times, Israeli media and international wire services. The Forward’s excellence has been recognized with numerous professional journalism awards for reporting, editorials, design and web content.

About The Jewish Journal

The Jewish Journal is a nonprofit, independent, local paper that shines a light on all aspects of Jewish communal life in the Greater Boston area, while offering a broad spectrum of opinion on its op-ed pages.

Founded in Swampscott, Massachusetts, in 1977, the Jewish Journal is now based in Salem. Its mission is to inform, engage, educate and connect the Jewish community in the Greater Boston region. The newspaper is distributed free to families in more than 60 cities and towns in Eastern Massachusetts, and mailed to subscribers in other states.  

Israel 10 Years Ago: Imagine a Boston Bombing Every Week

(CAMERA) In a piece in The American Thinker, novelist Noah Beck writes sympathetically about the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, calling victims “the epitome of innocent.” He continues:

But imagine if this happened again next week, at a pizzeria, killing 15 diners. And again, a week later, on a bus, killing 19 passengers. Then at a discotheque, killing 21 teens. Then at a church, killing 11 worshipers. And so on, with a new bombing terrorizing us almost every week.

Israelis don’t have to imagine; they just have to remember. Between 1995 and 2005, each year saw an average of 14 suicide bombings, murdering 66 victims. Two thousand two was the worst year, with 47 bombings that slaughtered 238 people. That’s almost one Boston bombing every week. Adjusted for population differences, Israel’s victims in 2002 amounted to the equivalent of three 9/11s in one year. And these bombing statistics don’t include all of the shootings, stabbings, and other violent attacks by Palestinian extremists during those years.

Unfortunately, as Beck notes, “the incidents usually received only scant and perfunctory media coverage, if they were mentioned at all.”

WJC President Urges Dismissal of Richard Falk from the UN


Richard Falk

Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), strongly condemned the article by the special rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Richard A. Falk, in which he blames the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon earlier this month on Israel and on American foreign policy.

More after the jump.
Lauder declared:

The preposterous remarks to which Richard Falk periodically treats the world ought to disqualify him for any position at the United Nations. Yet he continues on the payroll of the UN Human Rights Council as a ‘special rapporteur’, and senior UN officials are refusing to even comment on his remarks.

Someone who publicly justifies despicable acts of terrorism and the deliberate murder of civilians by arguing that somehow Israel and the United States are to blame for such acts is unhinged and therefore entirely unsuited to serve as an advisor to what ought to be the world’s top human rights body. It is high time that Mr. Falk is removed from his post at the United Nations.

In a letter to Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird, Lauder expressed appreciation over the Canadian government’s clear condemnation of Falk:

It is important that Americans and others understand the strong friend that we have in Canada, in Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and particularly you, Canada’s Foreign Minister.

Baird had said in reaction:

Once again, United Nations official Richard Falk has spewed more mean-spirited, anti-Semitic rhetoric, this time blaming the attacks in Boston on President Obama and the State of Israel. The United Nations should be ashamed to even be associated with such an individual.

Lauder told the Canadian foreign minister that as “an American, I am deeply ashamed that such shocking statements would be held by a fellow citizen.”

I am even more horrified by the fact that Falk holds a place of prominence at the United Nations, an institution already sullied by its one-sided approach towards Israel.

B’nai B’rith, UN Watch Denounce UN Boston Bombing Justifier

On April 21, Foreign Policy Journal published an article written by Richard Falk, United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, in which he associates the April 15 bombings that killed three and injured 170 others with America’s dealings overseas and an alleged willingness to act on behalf of the Israeli government. Falk was recently expelled by the Human Rights Watch organization, yet he retains his UN position. Yesterday, B’nai B’rith International issued the following statement on the subject:

B’nai B’rith International is outraged and disgusted by the latest anti-Israel comments of […] Falk, who took to the Internet over the weekend to blame the Boston Marathon bombings on the United States’ foreign policy and, more specifically, its “compliant ear” in regard to Israel. […]

We once again call for Falk’s removal from his position within the UNHRC. His latest string of inflammatory remarks-whether it be on the Internet or in one of his “reports” to the council-has no place in the United Nations and his continued presence at the UNHRC further undermines the credibility of the system.

He is a vigorous supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions anti-Israel movement and has a long history of outrageous statements and actions, including suggestions that the U.S. government may have been involved in the 9/11 attacks and his posting of an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog.

Falk continues to be an embarrassment for the world body, and thus, should be removed from his post.

After the jump: UN Watch demands Ban Ki-moon’s condemnation.
In a letter sent yesterday to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the Geneva-based non-governmental monitoring group UN Watch demanded the condemnation of Falk:

Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

We write to express our outrage over yesterday’s statement by Richard Falk — a top official of the United Nations Human Rights Council — in which he justifies the Boston terrorist attacks as due “retribution” for American sins, warns of “worse blowbacks” unless America changes its foreign policy, blames “Tel Aviv” and exploits a moment of tragedy and mourning to advance a disturbing political agenda.

We urge you to condemn Mr. Falk, the UNHRC’s permanent investigator of Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law, for his affront to the memory of those who were killed last week, to the injured, and to the people of Boston. His remarks are a violation of your own policy that UN experts live up to the highest standards, which you set forth two years ago when you admirably rebuked Mr. Falk for spreading 9/11 conspiracy theories on his blog.

Falk’s Foreign Policy Journal article entitled “A Commentary on the Marathon Murders,” dated April 21, 2013, and annexed here, makes three ignominious points.

First, its thesis is that Americais to blame for last week’s atrocity. Falk approvingly cites comments justifying the Boston Marathon bombings as “retribution” for the actions of the U.S.military in Afghanistan,IraqandPakistan. “The American global domination project,” says Falk, bears responsibility for provoking “all kinds of resistance” in the post-colonial world. He calls for “courage” to “connect some of these dots.” Crystallizing his justification of the terrorist attacks, he writes: “Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return.”

Terrorism will target Americans until they reflect upon and change their action, says Falk. Lamenting a “taboo” on “self-scrutiny,” he predicts “adjustments” that will come either from “a voluntary process of self-reflection” or “through the force of unpleasant events.” America’s “military prowess” and “hard power diplomacy” make the country “a menace to the world and to itself.”

“How many canaries will have to die,” asks Falk, “before we awaken from our geopolitical fantasy of global domination?”

Second, Falk conjures up the sinister specter of another global menace by blaming the Boston bombings on the Jewish state: “[A]s long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.”

President Obama is accused of having delivered “a love letter to the Israeli public” during his recent trip there, and of practicing “obsequious diplomacy.” Falk predicts “worse blowbacks” if the U.S.does not change its Middle East policy.

Third, the essay alludes to the same 9/11 conspiracy theories that caused you and other world leaders to condemn him in 2011. Falk speaks of “holy war fevers espoused by national leaders, the media, and a vengeful public after the 9/11 attacks” which “embraced Islamophobic falsehoods.” This was exploited by Bush White House officials “openly seeking a pretext to launch a regime-changing war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.” According to Falk, “[T]he 9/11 events, as interpreted and spun, provided just the supportive domestic climate needed for launching an aggressive war against the Baghdad regime.”

Excellency, Mr. Falk’s odious and preposterous remarks insult last week’s victims and discredit the cause of human rights and the founding principles of the United Nations. We urge you to speak out.

Sincerely,

Hillel C. Neuer
Executive Director

Reprinted courtesy of Yaakov (Dry Bones) Kirschen www.drybonesblog.blogspot.com

Boston Marathon, Guns and Israel

— by Steve Sheffey

The next time Israel responds to terrorism, remember how you felt when you heard about the Boston Marathon bombings — and then ask how you’d feel if attacks like these had happened repeatedly for the last 65 years.

Background checks for gun purchasers are favored by 90 percent of Americans, won a majority vote in the Senate, but failed because of a Republican filibuster. Ninety percent of Democrats voted in favor, ninety percent of Republicans voted against. An assault weapons ban was also defeated in the Senate.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will finalize a huge arms deal with Israel during his visit there, under which Israel will for the first time be permitted to purchase U.S. aerial refueling planes and other ultra-sophisticated military equipment that could prove vital to any Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The Obama administration has requested that aid to Israel remain untouched despite budget pressures.

Full article the jump.
Between the Boston Marathon terrorist attack and the defeat of gun control legislation in the Senate, this was a very bad week.


Courtsey of Yaakov “Dry Bones” Kirschen

What did you feel on Monday when you heard about the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon? Anger. Frustration. Tears. Sadness. Probably all of those and many more. But I’ll bet the one thought that did not cross your mind was “I wonder what we did to deserve this and what complaints the poor souls who committed these acts must have.”

Try to recapture how you felt on Monday the next time you read about Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel. On April 7, someone was videotaping a Holocaust Memorial ceremony in Israel when rockets struck. Watch this. It’s 30 seconds long.

What kind of people would do this? The people who want a state right next to Israel. The people Israel is trying to make peace with. Yes, a two-state solution is in Israel’s best interests, but the people upon whom that solution depends have leaders who think that terrorism is a legitimate form of political expression.

Israel has been victimized by terrorism since its rebirth 65 years ago. Remember how you felt when you watched news reports about the Boston Marathon the next time you read about Israel’s efforts to defend itself. Try to imagine if you would show the restraint Israel has shown. And ask yourself how you would feel knowing that Iran, a terrorist state, is attempting acquire nuclear weapons.

How do we make sense of what happened in Boston? We don’t. We can’t. But I think Patton Oswalt was right. This is what he wrote on Monday:

Boston… horrible.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”

But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I do know. If it’s one person or a hundred people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running towards the destruction to help out… This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

The Manchin-Toomey background check amendment failed because of a Republican filibuster. Fifty-four senators voted in favor, but that wasn’t the 60 needed for cloture. Only four Democrats voted no and only four Republicans voted yes. Ninety percent of Americans favor this amendment. Ninety percent of Democratic senators voted for it. Ninety percent of Republican senators voted against it. Don’t let anyone tell you that party labels don’t matter or that both sides are equally to blame.

President Obama was right: All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.

How many people need to die before we enact gun control? How many people need to die before we end the filibuster rule? How many people need to die before we realize that party labels matter? How many people need to die before we realize that the Second Amendment is not a suicide pact?

The Senate also rejected a ban on assault weapons. You can check the vote tallies on this and the other gun control measures the Senate rejected here. Yes, all in all, pretty shameful.

We cannot give up. Nothing will change until politicians realize that the price they will pay at the polls for opposing gun control is higher than the price they will pay for standing up to the NRA. If you haven’t read it yet, read what former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords wrote last week:

Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on.

I am asking every reasonable American to help me tell the truth about the cowardice these senators demonstrated. I am asking for mothers to stop these lawmakers at the grocery store and tell them: You’ve lost my vote. I am asking activists to unsubscribe from these senators’ e-mail lists and to stop giving them money. I’m asking citizens to go to their offices and say: You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences.

The Obama administration will provide Israel with ultra-sophisticated military equipment and maintain aid to Israel despite budget pressures. The Times of Israel reports that “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will finalize a huge arms deal with Israel during his visit starting Saturday, under which Israel will for the first time be permitted to purchase U.S. aerial refueling planes and other ultra-sophisticated military equipment that could prove vital to any Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.”

President Obama has requested that American aid to Israel remain untouched for fiscal year 2014 despite budgetary belt tightening in other areas. Read more here.

Boston Bombing: We are All Targets

As I reflect on the events of the past 24 hours, my thoughts and prayers are with the 130 people who have been injured, to greater or lesser degrees, by the bombs that exploded in Boston. May they be granted speedy and complete recoveries. May G-d strengthen the hands of those who tend to their injuries and wounds. May those in need be granted healing, both physical and spiritual. I know that you join me in extending heartfelt sympathy and prayers for comfort to the families of the three victims who died from their wounds. I pray that those whose job it is to find and apprehend those responsible are successful in their work. May those who are guilty be brought to justice and be held accountable for these heinous crimes. [Read more…]