ASA and our Cartoon of the Day


Commentary on the recent American Studies Association decision to conduct an academic boycott of Israel has flooded the interwebs. One of the best analysis so far has been that of Jon of Divest This! His article was posted on the CIF Watch blog where he notes.

ASA President Marez told the New York Times that Israel was chosen to be the group’s human rights pariah because “you have to start somewhere.”  But the chances that the organization will continue from this starting point to act on human rights issues regarding other countries is nil since, as noted above, the ASA’s leaders are not human rights activists but anti-Israeli partisans first and last.  And given that they have forced the organization to throw academic freedom on the pyre in the name of their cause, I think it’s fair to say they should no longer even be considered scholars. Read the rest.