Archive by Author: Kenneth Waltzer

Sheldon Adelson is the Problem, Not the Solution: Fighting BDS

By Kenneth Waltzer

Sheldon Adelson says he wants to stamp out the BDS movement by confronting it on campus, better funding more battles with those who support boycott, divestment, and sanctions, and pressing more student government votes toward different outcomes – even though most outcomes to date have actually registered in defeats for BDS efforts. But Sheldon Adelson […]

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Anthropologists and the Boycott

By Kenneth Waltzer

The American Anthropological Association will host its 113th Annual Meeting  in Washington, D.C., on December 3-7, 2014. A group inside the AAA is likely to press for a vote in favor of the academic boycott of Israel.  This is the “Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions” who maintain a petition website.  Earlier, the […]

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Meet the Finklers

By Kenneth Waltzer

In his acclaimed, Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Finkler Question, British writer Howard Jacobson named a phenomenon which has become familiar to all of us engaged against the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment movement. It is the phenomenon of select Jews speaking out against Israel as “ASHamed Jews,” who seek to distance themselves from Israeli actions […]

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Narrowing Academic Freedom, Discriminating against Israeli Nationals

By Kenneth Waltzer

A recent round table of essays published in the Journal of Academic Freedom, an online publication of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), sought to bolster the case for an academic boycott of Israeli universities and scholars, seeking thereby to turn an organization long committed to values of academic freedom and fairness against those […]

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