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The Academic Council for Israel Anti-BDS Petition

Michelle Yabes, Brandeis Blog

January 5, 2015

The Louis D. Brandeis Center is joining with the Academic Council for Israel (ACFI) and other groups on this important petition.

Please Join More than 400 of Us in Signing This Anti-BDS Petition

Join more than 100 of your academic colleagues in opposing anti-Israel BDS resolutions being considered or already voted on by some academic professional associations.

We, the Undersigned College and University faculty, administrators, staff, and trustees, oppose academic boycotts and specifically condemn the most recent attempts at boycotting Israel by the American Anthropological Association, National Women’s Studies Association, and other associations.

​Understanding that academic, cultural, and commercial boycotts, divestments, and sanctions of Israel:
        Are counterproductive to the goal of peace,
        Represent an anti-democratic process intent on undermining the Jewish people’s right to self-determination in their homeland, Israel,
        Seek to commandeer our educational system and professional societies for political ends and are thus a travesty of professional ethics and conduct, and
        Are antithetical to genuine academic freedom,

We stand united in our condemnation of calls and campaigns for boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israeli academic institutions, professors, products, and companies that do business in or with Israel.

We recognize that individuals and groups may have legitimate criticism of Israeli policies. Criticism becomes antisemitism, however, when it demonizes Israel, applies double standards to Israel, denies Israel the right to defend its citizens, or questions Israel’s right to exist.

The BDS misrepresentation of the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Arabs is one-sided and untruthful, and therefore unworthy of the academic community. Moreover, by pursuing delegitimization campaigns on campus and in academic professional organizations, anti-Israel proponents provoke harmful divisions among students and have created an atmosphere of intolerance and hatred.

BDS resolutions will not contribute to peace or justice. Political wisdom and moral good will require that they be resoundingly rejected.



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