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Critical Ethnic Studies Association and the African Literature Association endorse the academic boycott of Israel



The US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) congratulates both the Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) and theAfrican Literature Association (ALA) following their recent, respective announcements to heed the call from Palestinian civil society and endorse the academic boycott of Israel.

As Palestinians residing in Gaza are faced with yet another brutal Israeli war that has killed than 500 Palestinians dead, and amidst the ongoing dispossession and erasure of the Palestinian people within historic Palestine and the Shatat, the international community must raise their voices and take action to pressure Israel.

We thank the membership of the African Literature Association, who passed a resolution endorsing the boycott at their 2014 meeting in Johannesburg. Their eloquent statement extends the spirit of the past boycott of Apartheid South Africa to highlight the many ways in which Palestinians and Palestinian students and academics are impacted by ongoing dispossession, racism and colonial violence.

We thank the ongoing engagement of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association, which produced this resolution in support of academic boycott. The robust CESA statement lifts up various questions at the core of  Ethnic Studies scholarship about decolonization and liberation.

In response to the Palestinian call for the international community to engage in and utilize the tactics of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, US-based academics and student organizers have brought critical discussions on Palestine, Israel and US complicity to campuses across the country through boycott and divestment resolutions.

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We encourage others to continue to organize within their academic institutions at this critical moment and to join more than one thousand academics in endorsing the academic boycott of Israel by signing on to USACBI.

US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

Responding to the call of Palestinian civil society to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel, the US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel is a U.S. campaign focused specifically on a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions, as delineated by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

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  1. Justpassingby on July 23, 2014, 2:01 pm

    bds dont work they say?

    Great work Critical Ethnic Studies Association and the African Literature Association!

  2. traintosiberia on July 23, 2014, 10:53 pm

    Is there any way Mondoweiss can go on line in local languages in countries like India, Malayasia,Infonesia,or Hongkong.
    The future fight against Zionism will be fought in these countries .

  3. kalithea on July 23, 2014, 11:45 pm

    Given the war crimes being committed against Gaza right now, and the UN’s feeble impotent response; there should be a massive wave of boycotts and divestment happening.

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