Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

World Archaeological Congress Speaks Out on Palestine

World Archaeological Congress Speaks Out on Palestine

The Eighth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-8) recently published a resolution it adopted in Kyoto earlier this year pertaining to Palestine. More than 1,600 colleagues coming from 83 countries participated in the Congress. Resolution 13: Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in the Palestinian Occupied TerritoriesProposed at WAC-8 by Koji Mizoguchi, Akram Ijla, Ghattas Sayej, Chemi Shiff and Brian Boyd […]

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#Anthroboycott Welcomes Motions Passed at 2016 AAA Business Meeting

#Anthroboycott Welcomes Motions Passed at 2016 AAA Business Meeting

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions welcomes the passing of three motions at the Business Meeting of the American Anthropological Association on 18 November 2016. The first motion asks the AAA to condemn the post-election climate of hostility that threatens the personal and intellectual diversity of our community. The second called for the […]

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#AAA2016: Anthroboycott, BLM, NoDAPL, and More!

#AAA2016: Anthroboycott, BLM, NoDAPL, and More!

At this year’s Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, we are sponsoring two events to educate colleagues about the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Details on our events are below. We are also including information about some important panels pertaining to the movements for Black Lives, Indigenous Sovereignty, and refugee rights. We have not […]

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100 Days of Silence: Why the Academic Boycott Is Still the Best Way for Anthropologists to Support Justice in Palestine

100 Days of Silence: Why the Academic Boycott Is Still the Best Way for Anthropologists to Support Justice in Palestine

One hundred days ago, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) censured Israel for its systematic human rights abuses and violations of academic freedom. The lack of any discernible impact since then shows why a boycott of Israeli academic institutions remains the best way for the Association to concretely support justice in Palestine/Israel. The Association censured Israel after […]

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Fact Sheet: Israel’s Ongoing Violence Against Palestinian Academia

Fact Sheet: Israel’s Ongoing Violence Against Palestinian Academia

Since the narrow defeat of the AAA Resolution 100 days ago, the Israeli state has intensified its flagrant violations of Palestinians’ basic human rights, including attacks on academic freedom. These routine violations include: Attacks on the basic functioning of Palestinian universities Banning Dr. Adam Hanieh, Senior Lecturer at the School of Oriental & African Studies […]

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The Struggle Continues: Campaign for Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions Undeterred by American Anthropological Association Vote

The Struggle Continues: Campaign for Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions Undeterred by American Anthropological Association Vote

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions vowed to continue its campaign after a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions that was under consideration by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) narrowly missed adoption by a razor-thin margin of 39 votes, 2,423-2,384 (50.4%-49.6%). Over a six-week period this spring, the AAA’s members were invited to vote by e-mail on the resolution, with turnout […]

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AAA Boycott Vote Results Expected June 7

AAA Boycott Vote Results Expected June 7

Voting on the American Anthropological Association’s proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions has closed. Results are expected June 7. The 2016 AAA and Section Elections are now closed. We will make an official announcement regarding the resolution on Tuesday, June 7. — AmerAnthroAssoc (@AmericanAnthro) May 31, 2016 Thanks to all those who voted and who […]

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Ultranationalist Group Targets Dissident Israeli Anthropologists

Ultranationalist Group Targets Dissident Israeli Anthropologists

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions condemns recent efforts to intimidate Israeli scholars who have spoken out against the occupation. This week, the ultranationalist pressure group Im Tirtzu released a report targeting Israeli anthropologists it accuses of supporting the international boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Last month, 22 Israeli anthropologists anonymously signed a […]

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Suad Joseph: Why I Now Support the Academic Boycott

Suad Joseph: Why I Now Support the Academic Boycott

  I hesitated for some time to sign on to the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.  My respected and dear friends and colleagues who opposed the boycott expressed their concerns to me.  I could understand why their arguments were powerful for them and appreciated their deep dismay.  Those personal relationships gave me pause, even though the […]

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Roberto González: #Anthroboycott Vote Should Not Be Suppressed

Roberto González: #Anthroboycott Vote Should Not Be Suppressed

[this essay originally appeared on the blog of Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors] Guest blogger Roberto J. González is an alumnus of UC Berkeley. He is chair of San José State University’s anthropology department and author of several books including Militarizing Culture: Essays on the Warfare State (2010) and Zapotec Science: Farming and […]

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Middle East Studies Association Criticizes Israeli Travel Restrictions on Boycott Activist

Middle East Studies Association Criticizes Israeli Travel Restrictions on Boycott Activist

On 16 May, the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association sent a letter to Israeli authorities criticizing an effective travel ban imposed by Israeli authorities on Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. This is only the latest instance of Israeli restrictions on freedom of expression, especially of critics of […]

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An Open Letter to American Anthropologist

An Open Letter to American Anthropologist

[this letter originally appeared as part of an exchange in Anthropology News] Nadia Abu El-Haj Susan Slyomovics The recent issue of the American Anthropologist included a section presenting nine views on anthropology in Israel. The persons asked to respond to three questions about Israeli anthropology included “all living past heads of the Israel [sic] Anthropological […]

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Are Palestinian Scholars Our Colleagues? Boycott and the Material Limits of Friendship

Are Palestinian Scholars Our Colleagues? Boycott and the Material Limits of Friendship

[this essay originally appeared on Savage Minds] Alireza Doostdar The debate over the AAA motion to boycott Israeli academic institutions has centered on questions of justice and academic freedom. Proponents of boycott argue that the exhaustively-documented injustices that Israel metes out on the Palestinian people, which includes systematic denial of their academic freedom, warrants a […]

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NEW e-book featuring essays in support of #anthroboycott

NEW e-book featuring essays in support of #anthroboycott

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions is pleased to announce the release of “Reflections on Anthropology, Politics, and the Grassroots Movement to Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions.” This free e-book features a dozen essays by anthropologists in support of the boycott, including Ann Stoler, Thomas Blom Hansen, James Ferguson, Jemima Pierre, and Brian Boyd.  

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Violating the Right to Education for Palestinians: A Case for Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions

Violating the Right to Education for Palestinians: A Case for Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions

[this essay originally appeared on Savage Minds] Violating the Right to Education for Palestinians: A Case for Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions Thea Abu El-Haj & Fida Adely During the 50 day Israeli War on Gaza in the summer of 2014, the Israeli military killed 1462 Palestinian civilians, 495 of whom were children. Israeli forces destroyed […]

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“An Anthropology Committed to Critical, Ethical Engagement With the World”: Graduate Students Speak Up For the Boycott

“An Anthropology Committed to Critical, Ethical Engagement With the World”: Graduate Students Speak Up For the Boycott

[this essay originally appeared on Somatosphere] As graduate students and new members of the American Association of Anthropologists, we approach the academic boycott resolution vote with hope. We write today in response to “When It’s Time to Vote, Don’t Boycott—Cut the Purse-strings”, which outlines an argument against the resolution and calls instead for “targeted, collective […]

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Naomi Schiller and Nina Glick-Schiller: Why We Voted To Support the Boycott

Naomi Schiller and Nina Glick-Schiller: Why We Voted To Support the Boycott

[this essay originally appeared on the website of PoLAR: The Political & Legal Anthropology Review] Two generations of anthropologists, Naomi Schiller and Nina Glick Schiller, have written a statement supporting the boycott in response to Political and Legal Anthropology Review’s fourth emergent conversation about the AAA ballot. APLA and PoLAR do not officially support or oppose the measure.  People around the world […]

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Anthropologists Marshalling History: the American Anthropological Association’s Vote on the Academic Boycott of Israeli Institutions

Anthropologists Marshalling History: the American Anthropological Association’s Vote on the Academic Boycott of Israeli Institutions

[this essay originally appeared on Counterpunch] by Roberto J. González and David Price The membership of the world’s largest professional association of anthropologists, the American Anthropological Association (AAA), is now in the midst of an election that will determine whether or not the Association will apply boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to Israeli academic institutions. […]

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Derailing Democracy?: The Anti-Boycott Playbook Explained

Derailing Democracy?: The Anti-Boycott Playbook Explained

As members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) cast their ballots on a proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions, outside organizations are desperately mobilizing to pressure the Association and derail the initiative. In the interests of educating all members of the Association – whatever their position on the boycott – we are sharing information about […]

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