This forum has been created to enable full discussion of a resolution calling on the MLA to honor the Palestinian civil society call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions until Israel respects its obligations towards the Palestinian people under international law and norms of human rights. The resolution will be debated publicly at the MLA conferences in 2015 and 2016 and is scheduled for a Delegate Assembly vote in 2017. This will enable members to inform themselves on the issues and arguments and to engage in exhaustive deliberation on the issue. We encourage free and open discussion on this forum, though expect that the normal rules of etiquette will be respected by all contributors, despite the controversial nature of the topic.
The discussion in the group is open to all readers, but only logged-in MLA members may contribute. Please see also the discussion taking place in the group Scholarship, Censorship, Exclusion.
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2017:2 Resolution to Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions: Evidence
This is an updated document containing evidence for each clause of the resolution, a slightly updated version of which is included in the document.
Response to Delegate Assembly Member’s Queries re Academic Boycott of Israel
1–What (if any) are the recommended consequences for scholars who violate the boycott if their institution/organization supports it? […]
Judith Butler, "EXERCISING RIGHTS Academic Freedom and Boycott Politics"
Akeel Bilgrami and Jonathan R. Cole, WHO'S AFRAID of ACADEMIC FREEDOM? (Columbia UP, 2015)
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