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Defeat for BDS at Modern Language Association

Cary Nelson
By TTN

We were advised on June 14, by Prof. Cary Nelson, that the proposal for a boycott of Israeli universities has been defeated at the Modern Language Association (MLA):

By a stunning two to one margin, members voted not to endorse a boycott of Israeli universities now or in the future. This sends a message to the academy as a whole that this tactic is one faculty members reject, despite years of debate and pressure from Israel’s opponents.

This matter is analyzed in a news report, dated June 15, at the “Inside Higher Ed” website.

Prof. Nelson has published two articles in recent months on academic freedom issues in Israel and the Palestinian territories.  The first, published in TELOS, focuses on the West Bank; the second, published by FATHOM more recently, concentrates on Israel proper.  They are linked below:

http://israelandtheacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/TELOS.pdf 

http://fathomjournal.org/the-bds-disinformation-campaign-in-the-modern-language-association/

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