For the time being, the MLA has taken an extreme and ethically untenable position by endorsing the idea, promoted by a group of members who were openly "assisted" by outside groups, that it is illegitimate for professional groups to protest Israel's policies towards its Palestinian subjects. January 9, 2018 To Paula Krebs, Executive Director of the MLA, and to the Officers and other members of the MLA Executive Council
JANUARY 10, 2017~ MLABOYCOTT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2017 Media Contact: David Lloyd | firstname.lastname@example.org In Keeping with Conservative History, MLA Votes Down Resolution to Boycott Israeli Institutions At the annual convention of the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association [MLA], a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions for their involvement in violations of international law was voted down by 113-78.
David Lloyd, Mondoweiss, January 9, 2017 The news is in: on Saturday, a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions was rejected by the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association, the largest and most traditional humanities association in the United States. An opposing resolution that directs the MLA not to endorse a boycott of Israeli universities passed by a narrow margin of eight votes.
Graduate student MLA members who support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions wrote the message below. Please share widely with graduate students who may have questions about the politics of academic boycott and why it is relevant to graduate student politics in the United States today. Sincerely, --The Coordinating Committee MLA Members for Justice in Palestine What will be the impact of the academic boycott resolution on the MLA? At the 2017 Convention, the Modern Language Association will take the first step in solidarity with Palestinian academics, students, and teachers when it considers a resolution to boycott Israeli institutions of higher education.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.