November 23, 2015

Anthropologists overhwelmingly support Israel boycott

Electronic Intifada - Members of the American Anthropological Association  have overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution backing the Palestinian call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

The measure passed at the association’s annual meeting in Denver by 1,040 votes in favor to 136 against.

It must now be ratified in a referendum of the association’s entire membership of 10,000 in April.

The resolution says the association “endorses and will honor [the] call from Palestinian civil society to boycott Israeli academic institutions until such time as these institutions end their complicity in violating Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law.”

It cites Israeli universities’ provision of “planning, policy and technological expertise for furthering Palestinian dispossession,” as well as Israel’s systematic violation of academic freedom for Palestinians, including its military attacks on schools and universities.

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