Responding to the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (Cary Nelson)

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I’m tired of writing about BDS, but some of you might be interested in the following, which I’m posting without too much comment. Arguments in favor of BDS are often couched in solidarity with Palestinian civil society. What then does one sign on to when one signs onto calls to boycott Israeli universities? Here recently updated guidelines established by the  Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel, which you can read here. I’m also posting a critical response by Cary Nelson, which you can read here. Nelson’s argument in a nutshell is that the updated guidelines are maximalist, going well beyond previous guidelines in the injury caused not just to Israeli academe as an institution, but to individual students, scholars and scholarship both in Israel and here in the United States. My own quick comment would be that, at some point, scholars with no definite stake in this political game are going to have to weigh in regarding the moral and professional stakes raised on them by the BDS community.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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3 Responses to Responding to the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (Cary Nelson)

  1. efmooney says:

    Anyone interested can get my take on the silliness of the boycott — I’m violating it everyday I teach Thoreau here at Tel-Aviv — at http://edmooneyblog.wordpress.com/ My reasons for finding it unacceptable are different from Cary Nelson’s by a long shot.

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