December 17, 2013.
NEW YORK -- The American Studies Association on Monday endorsed a boycott of Israeli universities, the largest group of U.S. scholars to do so.Read the rest here.
About one-third of the group's more than 3,800 members voted, approving the boycott by 66 percent. Last April, the smaller Association for Asian American Studies, which has about 800 members, became the first scholarly group in the U.S. to support an academic boycott of Israel.
"The ASA condemns the United States' significant role in aiding and abetting Israel's violations of human rights against Palestinians and its occupation of Palestinian lands through its use of the veto in the UN Security Council," the American Studies Association said in a statement explaining the endorsement.
The vote, which is largely symbolic, is nonetheless a sign of the increasing momentum of the international boycott movement against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians. While the movement - which presses for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel - has scored some successes in Europe and elsewhere, it has had far less influence in the United States, Israel's closest and most important ally.
"The reason this is so significant is that it's a victory within the United States within a mainstream academic association and it was overwhelmingly supported," Noura Erakat, a Palestinian-American human rights attorney who is a member of the American Studies Association.
*****Comment: Excellent decision American Studies Association.
BOYCOTT ISRAEL !!!