Pro-BDS anthropologists publish guide to boycotting Israeli academic institutions

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Last week Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions marked the anniversaries of Israel’s brutal 51-day attack on Gaza last summer and the 10th anniversary of the BDS movement by releasing the document “Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions — Advice for Anthropologists,” which provides advice to scholars on how to implement the boycott in their individual capacities.

This simple guide contains helpful, important and basic advice. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about the boycott, keep this handy guide accessible and spread it around. Whether you’re a scholar or not, we should all know this critical information.

The following is their press release, also published on their website:

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions has released “Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions — Advice for Anthropologists,” a 5-page guide to help scholars make informed judgments in implementing the boycott.

We are issuing this document to mark two anniversaries this week: one year ago, Israel began a 51-day onslaught against the Gaza Strip that inflicted unprecedented death, injury, and destruction upon the 1.8 million Palestinians living in the besieged territory. The attack galvanized international condemnation of Israel and bolstered support for the worldwide movement for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), launched a decade ago.

Over 1,100 anthropologists have pledged so far to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Through their actions, anthropologists can show that the academic boycott is not only a matter of ethical and political urgency, but is feasible and indeed already being put into practice.

The academic boycott applies to Israeli academic institutions but not to Israeli scholars in their individual capacity. Accordingly, the advice published today emphasizes practical and flexible approaches in implementing the boycott. By outlining general principles and concrete examples, this document will empower scholars in translating the boycott into a reality. This document draws on July 2014 guidelines issued by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and is also inspired by the American Anthropological Association’s Principles of Professional Responsibility.

Please share this document with friends and colleagues and urge them to declare their support for the boycott if they have not already done so.

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About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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3 Responses

  1. just
    July 14, 2015, 7:58 pm

    This is a wonderful resource.

    Thanks so much Annie!

  2. Froggy
    July 16, 2015, 2:02 pm

    Thanks, Annie. Most useful.

  3. SamT
    July 17, 2015, 3:39 am

    To contrast this level-headed, pragmatic statement, with the vitriolic hysteria about the Iranian deal is quite breath-taking.

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