Politics

The MLA and the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

This short documentary makes the case for MLA (Modern Languages Association) members to vote in 2017 in support of a resolution to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The video includes interviews with numerous prominent literary scholars who support the boycott resolution. Gayatri Spivak, W.J.T.Mitchell, Bruce Robbins, Margaret Ferguson, Rosaura Sanchez, David Lloyd, Malini Schueller, David Palumbo Liu, Jeffery Sacks, Koritha Mitchell, Kenneth Surin and Kamran Rastegar are among the scholars interviewed.
Antisemitism and the left

Antisemitism and the left

Paul Kelemen, author of The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce, looks at the roots of the recent controversies in the Labour Party May 2016, Red Pepper If the mainstream media is to be believed, the Labour Party is seriously afflicted with antisemitism. Although most of the remarks cited as incriminating were directed at Israel and pro-Israeli activism, and not at Jews, they have been fused into a picture of a party leader that as a supporter of the Palestinian cause is indulgent of anti-Israel sentiment, sliding into antisemitism.
W. J. T. Mitchell: “Palestine at the 2016 MLA”

W. J. T. Mitchell: “Palestine at the 2016 MLA”

26 January 2016 W.J.T. Mitchell is editor of Critical Inquiry. One of the most notable developments at the 2016 Modern Language Association meeting in Austin, Texas could be glimpsed simply by looking at the program. There were no less than a dozen sessions devoted to the question of Palestine. Many of them were, of course, devoted to the movement known as BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction), which for the last ten years has been directed at Israel’s financial, agricultural, and military institutions and now includes academic and cultural institutions as well.
Not so Much Anti-Boycott as Pro-Israel

Not so Much Anti-Boycott as Pro-Israel

David Palumbo-Liu(bio)1. Stanford University1 Symploke, Volume 23, Numbers 1-2, 2015, pp. 425-457 (Review) Download pdf: Palumbo-liu The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, edited by Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm (2015), aspires to be “a resource to bring reason, history, and sound information to campuses confronting [the] BDS [Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions] agenda” (19). The editors clearly feel their book has accomplished that—Cary Nelson has awarded it five stars in his “review” of his own book on Amazon.
Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

“Be it Resolved”: Full Text of the Proposed AAA Boycott Resolution Posted on October 21, 2015by anthroboycott Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions has submitted a boycott resolution to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for consideration at the upcoming Annual Meeting in Denver. The resolution endorses the Palestinian civil society call to boycott Israeli academic institutions until they take concrete steps to end their complicity with Israel’s systematic abuses of Palestinian rights.
Freed Egyptian Protester Describes Ordeal, but Fate of Seized Blogger Is Unknown

Freed Egyptian Protester Describes Ordeal, but Fate of Seized Blogger Is Unknown

Philip Rizk, a blogger and peace activist, was released days after being detained by Egyptian security forces after his participation in a march to raise awareness about conditions in Gaza. Christina Rizk By MICHAEL SLACKMAN FEB. 11, 2009, The New York Times CAIRO — For more than four straight days, Philip Rizk said, he was blindfolded, handcuffed and interrogated around the clock by Egyptian state security agents who abducted him on Friday after he took part in a march in support of Gaza.
Israel Kills People Like Me, Israel Exploits Queers Like Me

Israel Kills People Like Me, Israel Exploits Queers Like Me

Posted by Leil-Zahra on 12/29/14 * In response to a full-page ad running this week in The New York Times funded by Rabbi Shmuley, Stand with Us, and This World (Shmuley’s own); featuring political campaigner Rennick Remely. My name is Leil-Zahra Mortada. I’m an Arab Queer person. And I support justice. If I lived in Gaza or “Israel’s neighboring states”, I would be thrown in jail, mutilated or killed. I have a higher chance of getting mutilated or killed by an Israeli war than getting jailed for my homosexuality by an Arab or Islamist regime.
Israeli Jews Address the Palestinian Boycott Call

Israeli Jews Address the Palestinian Boycott Call

AGAINST the DAY Israeli Jews Address the Palestinian Boycott Call South Atlantic Quarterly (2015) 114(3) The Challenge of the BDS By Adi Ophir BDS Is As Good As It Gets By Dov Michaeli Abstract : This essay analyzes the impasses of the Israeli mainstream and non-Zionist Left. It suggests that, given these impasses and the political strategies available in current discourse, BDS stands out as a viable form of opposition to the occupation.
British university votes ‘Yes’ to academic boycott of Israel

British university votes ‘Yes’ to academic boycott of Israel

During SOAS Israeli Apartheid Week 2015, students stand in solidarity with the Palestinian cause. © SOAS BDS Campaign By Fanny Malinen New Internationalist Blog Published on March 5, 2015 Chants of ‘BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] yes, BDS yes!’ rocked the walls of the Students’ Union bar at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) last Friday. SOAS was the first university in Britain to hold a school-wide referendum on an academic boycott of Israel – and it voted ‘Yes’ by an overwhelming majority.
On returning from Palestine

On returning from Palestine

Omar Robert Hamilton 12 June 2015, Mada Masr At the border it is always the same questions. Do you have another name? Do you have another passport? What is your father’s name? What is his father’s name? Have you ever been to Syria? Lebanon? Morocco? What are you doing here? I used to feel sick for days before coming to Palestine. Would rehearse my answers, shut down my Twitter page, print off hotel reservations, eject SIM cards.