Pushback against Israel boycott gains momentum

This is certainly encouraging, but there's a long way to go to turn the tide in combating the BDS ("boycott, divest, sanctions) movement. The announcement last week by the American Studies Association that they will participate in an academic boycott of Israeli schools has spurred a backlash from other institutions against the ASA's actions. The Hill: The pushback against a boycott of Israeli colleges and universities by U.S. academic institutions appears to be gaining steam. The senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday called on the American Studies Association to end its boycott of Israeli institutions. ADVERTISEMENTRep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), joined several U.S. universities, including Harvard and Yale, and the Washington Post's editorial board in weighing in against the decision. In a letter to the association's leaders, Engel argued boycotting Israel over its government's treatment of Palestinians is a gross double standard. "I was...(Read Full Post)