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Old 02-01-2016, 09:45 AM   #253 (permalink)
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Israeli academics face growing boycott pressures

"The academic boycott is part of the broader pro-Palestinian 'BDS' campaign, which advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, BDS organizers say they are using nonviolent means to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence."

"Israel says the campaign goes beyond fighting its occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and often masks a more far-reaching aim to 'delegitimize' or destroy the Jewish state. But the BDS movement's decentralized organization and language calling for universal human rights have proven difficult to counter."

"In recent years, the Association for Asian American Studies, the American Studies Association, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and the National Women's Studies Association have approved boycott measures."
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