The American Studies Association (ASA) endorsed a boycott of Israeli Universities, the largest group of U.S. scholars to do so.......were the headlines in 2013.
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The ASA then became the target of widespread criticism and ostracism. Israeli officials denounced the campaign as an attempt to delegitimize the Jewish state.
As I read this article several years ago it first made me mad, and secondly it was an embarrassment to academia, scholarship, research, unity, and inter-faith community, all goals my family has dedicated our lives too.
This type of illogical behavior was one of the reasons I encouraged and helped my daughter, Brea Willeford start the Cufi on Campus chapter on the campus of Coastal Carolina University where all my kids attend or attended! Of all the clubs we have on campus I think raising up the TRUTH concerning Israel as it relates to the world economics, technology, business and innovations in science and health is just one of many reasons to connect students to the critical facts.
Horry County, SC is blessed to have Coastal Carolina University and outstanding faculty that call our city home! Unity is the norm and we do not see discourse on our campus focused on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel (BDS). However, we must speak as one voice academically across this great nation.
Carolyn A Martin, President of Amherst College eloquently stated in a statement posted on the university website; “Such boycotts threaten academic speech and exchange, which it is our solemn duty as academic institutions to protect,” Nearly all of the presidents’ statements have similarly denounced the boycott as impeding the flow of ideas. Several have cited specific collaborations or exchanges with Israeli universities as evidence of their institutional commitment to maintaining strong relations with Israel.”
So, if you, your university, denomination, or organization has decided to boycott all products and services from Israel. Here is a list of activities that you now need to perform in order to comply with this boycott.
Technology and Food
You MUST use your voice and fighting BDS whenever, and wherever it exist!
Around The Table!