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Over 400 Middle East scholars and librarians call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions (Updated)

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We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s new military assault on the Gaza Strip – the third and most devastating in six years –constitutes complicity. World governments and mainstream media do not hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. We, however, as a community of scholars engaged with the Middle East, have a moral responsibility to do so.

Neither the violation of international law nor the destruction of Palestinian life in Gaza, however, began or will end with the current war. Israel has maintained an illegal siege on the Gaza Strip for seven years. It has limited the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza, rationing Palestinian calorie intake at just above subsistence levels [1]. Moreover, the suffering of Palestinians is not limited to Gaza: the occupation and dispossession in East Jerusalem, the Naqab (Negev), and the West Bank; the construction of walls and fences around the Palestinian population, the curtailment of Palestinian freedom of movement and education, and the house demolitions, all have long histories and no apparent end in sight. They will continue unless people around the world act where their governments have failed.

As employees in institutes of higher learning from around the world, we have a particular interest in and responsibility to respond to the obstacles to the right to higher education that the Israeli state has created for Palestinians both inside Israel and in the occupied territories. In the past two months alone, Israeli forces have raided Al Quds University in Jerusalem, the Arab American University in Jenin and Birzeit University near Ramallah [2]. In the current attacks, Israeli aerial bombardment has destroyed the Islamic University of Gaza. More generally, the Israeli state discriminates against Palestinian students in Israeli universities [3]; and it isolates Palestinian academia by, among other tactics, preventing foreign academics from visiting Palestinian institutions in Gaza and the West Bank [4]. We are also alarmed by the long history of confiscations of Palestinian archives and the destruction of libraries and research centres [5].

The on-going Israeli massacres in Gaza have been ghastly reminders of the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar Ilan University, Haifa University, Technion, and Ben Gurion University have publicly declared their unconditional support for the Israeli military [6]. More generally, there are intimate connections between Israeli academic institutions and the military, security, and political establishments in Israel [7]. To take but one example: Tel Aviv University is directly implicated, through its Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), in developing the Dahiya Doctrine [8], adopted by the Israeli military in its assaults on Lebanon in 2006 and on Gaza today. The Dahiya Doctrine advocates the extensive destruction of civilian infrastructure and “intense suffering” among the civilian population as an “effective” means to subdue any resistance [9].

Our colleagues in the Israeli academy have been silent, by and large, in the face of such violence and injustice. We applaud the few dozen Israeli academics who have protested against their government, and the several dozen who signed a petition calling for an end to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza [10]. Alarmingly, they have faced disciplinary measures from their own universities [11]. We stand by these academics and support them in what is our joint struggle.

As Middle East scholars and librarians, we feel compelled to join the growing number of academics in Israel and around the world who support the Palestinian call to boycott Israeli academic institutions. This call responds to Palestinian civil society organizations’ long-standing appeal for the comprehensive implementation of boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) of Israel, and is supported by the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE).

Following in the footsteps of the growing number of U.S. academic associations that have endorsed boycott resolutions [12], we call on our colleagues in Middle East Studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions, and we pledge not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli academic institutions, not to teach at or to attend conferences and other events at such institutions, and not to publish in academic journals based in Israel. We call for doing so until such time as these institutions end their complicity in violating Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law, and respect the full rights of Palestinians by calling on Israel to:

1. End its siege of Gaza, its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967, and dismantle the settlements and the walls;

2. Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel and the stateless Negev Bedouins to full equality; and

3. Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.


[5] Gish Amit, “Salvage or plunder? Israel’s ‘collection’ of private Palestinian libraries in West Jerusalem,” Journal of Palestine Studies 40 (July 2011): 6-23.
[6] Also, see the following: for Haifa University –; for Technion –
054469412014/?type=1&theater; for Bar Ilan –
[7] Gil Eyal, “Military Establishment and Middle East Studies,” in The disenchantment of the Orient: Expertise in Arab Affairs and the Israeli State (Stanford University Press, 2008), 185-236. See also:
Keller, Uri Yacobi. “The Academic Boycott of Israel and the Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions in Occupation of Palestinian Territories.” Alternative Information Center (
[8] See The Goldstone Report, p. 24, and
[10] and reported here: gaza-slaughter
[11] discriminating-against-leftist-academics-3279
[12] These associations are: the Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA), African Literature Association (ALA), Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS), Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS), and American Studies Association (ASA).


Saleh Abdel Jawad
Associate Professor of Political Science, Birzeit University

Nahla Abdo
Professor, Anthropology and Sociology Department, Carleton University

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies, San Francisco State University

Osama Abi-Mershed
Associate Professor, Department of History, Director, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University

Nadia Abu El-Haj
Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College – Columbia University

Lila Abu-Lughod
Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, Columbia University

Gilbert Achcar
Professor of Development Studies and International Relations, SOAS, University of London

Fida Adely
Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Nadje Al-Ali
Professor of Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London

Fadwa Allabadi
Associate Professor, Insan Center for Gender Studies, Al-Quds University

Lori Allen
Lecturer, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

Gil Anidjar
Professor, Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), Columbia University

Sinan Antoon
Associate Professor, New York University

Talal Asad
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, CUNY

Kamran Asdar Ali
Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Barbara Aswad
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Wayne State University, and Past President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America

Cemil Aydin
Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Kathryn Babayan
Associate Professor, Director of the Center of Armenian Studies, University of Michigan

Mohammed Bamyeh
Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Asef Bayat
Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joel Beinin
Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University

George Bisharat
Professor, UC Hastings College of the Law

Marilyn Booth
Iraq Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Edinburgh

Glenn Bowman
Reader in Social Anthropology, Director of Research, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, Canterbury

Haim Bresheeth
Senior Teaching Fellow, Centre for Media Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies

Michaelle Browers
Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University

Louise Cainkar
Associate Professor of Sociology, Marquette University

John Collins
Professor of Global Studies, St. Lawrence University

Miriam Cooke
Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures, Duke University

Hamid Dabashi
Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Omar Dahi
Associate Professor of Economics, Hampshire College

Linda T. Darling
Professor of History, University of Arizona

Rochelle Davis
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Georgetown University

Lara Deeb
Professor of Anthropology, Scripps College

Omnia El Shakry
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis

Samera Esmeir
Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric, University of California-Berkeley

John L. Esposito
University Professor & Founding Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

Khaled Fahmy
Professor of History, American University in Cairo

Richard Falk
Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University

James C. Faris
Professor Emeritus, Anthropology; Director Emeritus, University of Connecticut Program in Middle East Languages and Area Studies

Mona Fawaz
Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, American University of Beirut

Ilana Feldman
Associate Professor, Anthropology, History and International Affairs, George Washington University

Nancy Gallagher
Research Professor, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Honaida Ghanim
General Director,
The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR)

Farha Ghannam
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Swarthmore College

Amal Ghazal
Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, Dalhousie University

Irene L. Gendzier
Professor Emeritus, Political Science, Boston University

George Giacaman
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Birzeit University

Yvonne Haddad
Professor of History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

Sherine Hafez
Associate Professor, Women’s Studies and Middle East & Islamic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Elaine Hagopian
Prof. Emerita of Sociology, Simmons College

Samira Haj
Professor of History, CUNY-GC/CSI

Sondra Hale
Research Professor/Professor Emerita, Departments of Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

Wael B. Hallaq
Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

Rema Hammami
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Birzeit University

Juliane Hammer
Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Sari Hanafi
Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut

Jens Hanssen
Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History, Dpts. of History and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

Mona Harb
Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Politics, American University of Beirut

Barbara Harlow
Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literature, University of Texas at Austin

Frances S. Hasso
Associate Professor in Women’s Studies and Sociology and director, International Comparative Studies Program, Duke University

Charles Hirschkind
Associate Professor, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Islah Jad
Associate Professor, Women’s Studies Institute, Bir Zeit University

Manal A. Jamal 
Associate Professor of Political Science, James Madison University

Suad Joseph
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies, University of California—Davis

Rhoda Kanaaneh
Adjunct Associate Professor, Middle East Instiute, Columbia University

Vangelis Kechriotis
Associate Professor of History, Boğazici University

Rashid Khalidi
Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University

Tarif Khalidi
Sheykh Zayed Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, American University of Beirut

Laleh Khalili
Professor of Middle East Politics, SOAS, University of London

Ronit Lentin
Associate Professor, Sociology, Trinity College Dublin

Mark LeVine
Professor of Modern Middle Eastern Hitory, UC Irvine

Yosefa Loshitzky
Professorial Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies

Nur Masalha
Professor of Religion and Politics, St Mary’s University College, University of London

Brinkley Messick
Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Laurence Michalak
Emeritus Vice Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California/Berkeley

Timothy Mitchell
Professor, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

Amira Mittermaier
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

Karma Nabulsi
University Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, Fellow in Politics, St Edmund Hall

Eiji Nagasawa
Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

Isis Nusair
Associate Professor of International Studies and Women’s Studies, Denison University

Roger Owen
A.J. Meyer Em. Professor of Middle East History, Harvard University

Ilan Pappe
Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter

Laila Parsons
Associate Professor, Department of History and Classical Studies, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University

Gabriel Piterberg
Professor of Middle East History, UCLA

Shira Robinson
Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History, George Washington University

Adam Sabra
Professor of History and King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies,
University of California

George Saliba
Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

Ihab Saloul
Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Amsterdam

Nisreen Salti
Associate professor of Economics, American University of Beirut

Aseel Sawalha
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Fordham University

Rosemary Sayigh
Visiting Professor at the Center for Arab and Middle East Studies, American University of Beirut

Kirsten Scheid
Associate Professor of Anthropology, American University of Beirut

Paul Sedra
Associate Professor of Middle East History, Simon Fraser University

May Seikaly
Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History, Wayne State University

Elyse Semerdjian
Associate Professor of History, Whitman College

Anton Shammas
Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

Stephen Sheehi
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Chair of Middle East Studies, College of William and Mary

Todd Shepard
Associate Professor, History, John Hopkins University

Magid Shihade
Birzeit University

Lisa Taraki
Associate Professor of Sociology, Birzeit University

Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
Professor of History, Historical Studies & Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

Judith E. Tucker
Professor of History, Georgetown University

Lisa Wedeen
Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science and the College, The University of Chicago

Jessica Winegar
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Northwestern University

**Institutional Affiliations are for identification purposes only.


This statement is now up to over 400 signatures. Here are the new additions:

Mona Abaza
Professor of Sociology, American University in Cairo

Tahia Abdel Nasser
Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo

Maha Abdelrahman
Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Cambridge

Sanabel Abdelrahman
Near and Middle East Civilization, University of Toronto

Sawsan Abdulrahim
Associate Professor, American University of Beirut

Bassam Abed
Clinical Professor of Social Science, McGhee Division, New York University

Malek Abisaab
Associate Professor, Department of History and Classical Studies, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University

Reem Abou-El-Fadl
Lecturer, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University

Saed Abu-Hijleh
Lecturer of Political Geography, An-Najah National University

Bashir Abu-Manneh
Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University

Lama Abu Odeh
Law Professor, Georgetown Law Center

Giuseppe Acconcia
Researcher, University of Pavia

Nassef Manabilang Adiong
Co-Founder and PhD Candidate, International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort, Middle East Technical University, and Alliance of Civilizations Institute

Fawzia Afzal-Khan
Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies, Montclair State University

Khalil Agha
Researcher, University of Northampton

Alzahraa Ahmed
PhD Student, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Elif Aksit
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Ankara University

Talal Al-Azem
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

Abdul-Rahim Al-Shaikh
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Cultural and Arab Studies, Birzeit University

Najwa al-Qattan
Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University

Samer Alatout
Associate Professor, Department of Community & Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Samia AlBotmeh
Assistant Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Birzeit University

Ammiel Alcalay
Professor, Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures, Queens College, CUNY

Anthony Alessandrini
Associate Professor, Kingsborough Community College-CUNY and the CUNY Graduate Center

Nadia Ali
Post-doctoral Researcher in Islamic Arts, Khalili Research Centre and British Museum

Minoo Alinia
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden

Dina AlKassim
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Samirah Alkassim
Assistant Professor, Department of Performing & Visual Arts, American University in Cairo (formerly)

Diana Allan
Melon Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

Jamie Allinson
Lecturer, Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

Ghada alMadbouh
Assistant Professor, Birzeit University

Omar AlShehabi
Director, Gulf Centre for Development Policies

Evelyn Alsultany
Associate Professor, American Culture, University of Michigan

Seda Altug
Assistant Professor, Bogazici Universtity

Valérie Amiraux
Professor of Sociology, Canada Research Chair for the Study of Religious Pluralism, University of Montreal

Ovamir Anjum
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Toledo

Zayde Antrim
Associate Professor of History and International Studies, Trinity College

Ibrahim Aoude
Professor, University of Hawai‘i

Ramazan Aras
Assıstant Professor, Mardin Artuklu University

Nurullah Ardic
Associate Professor, Istanbul Sehir University

Walter Armbrust
Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford

Sahar Assaf
Fine Arts and Art History, American University of Beirut

Margot Badran
Senior Fellow, Georgetown University

Christine Baker
Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Mona Baker
Professor of Translation Studies, University of Manchester, UK

Lamia Balafrej
Assistant Professor, Art Department, Wellesley College

Grégoire Bali
Teaching Faculty Member, University of Geneva—Faculty of Translation and Interpretation

Mariam Banahi
PhD Student, Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Lauren Banko
Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS, University of London

Halim Barakat    
Retired Professor, Georgetown University

Gustavo Barbosa
PhD in Anthropology, Independent Researcher

Ryvka Barnard
PhD Candidate, New York University

Betul Basaran
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Bahar Baser
Postdoctoral Fellow, Warwick University

Hatem Bazian
Lecturer, Near Eastern Studies and Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College

Sahar Bazzaz
Associate Professor, Department of History, College of the Holy Cross

Naoual Belakhdar
Research Associate and Lecturer in Political Science, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics/Free University of Berlin

Imene Bennani
Assistant Department of English, University of Kairouan

Francesca Biancani
Adjunct Professor, University of Bologna

Laura Bier
Associate Professor of History, Georgia Tech

Elizabeth Bishop
Associate Professor, Texas State University

Koen Bogaert
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ghent University

Jonathan Brown
Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Khaldun Bshara
Director, Riwaq Centre

Ray Bush
Professor of African Studies and Development Politics, University of Leeds

Charles Butterworth
Emeritus Professor, University of Maryland

Marina Calculli
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Oxford

Sheila Carapico
Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of Richmond

Josh Carney
PhD Candidate, Communication and Culture, Indiana University

Yousef Casewit
Assistant Professor of Arabic intellectual Heritage and Culture, American University of Sharjah

Jad Chaaban
Associate Professor of Economics, American University of Beirut

Wilson Chacko Jacob
Associate Professor, Department of History, Concordia University

Ananya Chakravarti
Abdelhadi H. Taher Professor of Comparative Religion/Assistant Professor, Department of History, The American University in Cairo

Claudia Chaufan
Associate Professor, Health Policy and Sociology, University of California-San Francisco

Anuradha Mitra Chenoy
Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Kamal Aron Mitra Chenoy
Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Rachida Chih
Senior Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Christina Civantos
Associate Professor, University of Miami

Anne Clement
Assistant Professor of History & International Studies, North Carolina State University

Elliott Colla
Associate Professor, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University

John Cooper
Lecturer, University of Exeter

Stephanie Cronin
Departmental Lecturer, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Jeffrey Culang
Doctoral Candidate, City University of New York Graduate Center

Nabil Dajani
Professor of Media Studies, American University of Beirut

Ahmad Dallal
Professor of History, American University of Beirut

Mona Damluji
Postdoctoral Fellow, Wheaton College

Karam Dana
Assistant Professor, University of Washington-Bothell

Claudine Dauphin
Honorary Professor, Archaeology and Theology, Scholar of Byzantine and Early Islamic Palestine, University of Wales

Lawrence Davidson
Professor of History, Department of History, West Chester University

Pascal Debruyne
Postdoctoral Researcher, MENARG Ghent University, Ghent University

Chiara De Cesari
Assistant Professor, Cultural Studies, University of Amsterdam

Anne de Jong
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam

Jocelyn DeJong
Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut

Jennifer Derr
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Chloe Diamond-Lenow
Doctoral Candidate, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Fred M. Donner
Professor of Near Eastern History, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, The University of Chicago

Beshara Doumani
Joukowsky Family Professor of Modern Middle East History, Brown University

Laura Doyle
Professor of English, University of Massachusetts

Sahar Driver
Anthropology and Social Change, California Institute of Integral Studies

Dalia Ebeid
Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Cairo University

Mastan Ebtehaj
Librarian, The Middle East Centre, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University

Shahida A. El-Baz
Director, Arab and African Research Centre, Egypt

Youssef El Chazli
Graduate Assistant, University of Lausanne/University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

Walid El Hamamsy
Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies, English Department., Cairo University

Mourad El Khatibi
Doctoral Candidate, Mohamed 5 university, Rabat, Morocco

Saker El Nour
Faculty of Agriculture, South Valley University

Rayya El Zein
PhD Candidate, Theater, CUNY Graduate Center

Dima El-Halabi
Instructor and Coordinated Program Assistant Director, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, American University of Beirut

Tamer El-Leithy
Assistant Professor of History, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, New York University

Tammer El-Sheikh
Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University

Alexander Elinson
Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, Department of Classical and Oriental Studies, Hunter College (CUNY)

Hoda Elsadda
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cairo University

Sarah Eltantawi
Assistant Professor, Evergreen State College

Hend Eltaweel
Graduate Student, Middle East Studies Center, The American University in Cairo

Anita Fabos
Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, Clark University

Elizabeth Faier
Independent Scholar

Farideh Farhi
Lecturer and Affiliate Graduate Faculty of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Laila Farhood
Professor, American University of Beirut

Hani Faris
Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Leila Farsakh
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Boston

Mary Ann Fay
Associate Professor of History, Morgan State University

Mahmoud Fayyad
Assistant Professor, Birzeit University

Maria Fernandez-Vivancos Marquina
Middle East Studies Center, American University in Cairo

Ellen Fleischmann
Professor, Department of History, University of Dayton

Alexander Flores
Professor, Middle East Studies, Hochschule Bremen

Vassilis Fouskas
Professor of International Politics & Economics, University of East London

Layal Ftouni
Visiting Lecturer/Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS, University of London

Zeynep Gambetti
Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Boğazici University, Istanbul

Dina Georgis
Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Zeina Ghandour
Professor, Birkbeck, London University

Fanny Gillet
Doctorante, EHESS, Paris

Terri Ginsberg
International Council for Middle East Studies, USA

Rohit Goel
PhD Candidate, University of Chicago

Camilo Gomez-Rivas
Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz

Nina Gren
PhD in Social Anthropology, Centre of Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University

Molly Greene
Professor, Princeton University

Zareena Grewal
Assistant Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies, Faculty at Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University

Maryam Griffin
PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara

Sarah Gualtieri
Associate Professor of History and American Studies, University of Southern California

Magdi Guirguis
Assistant professor, Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt

Turgay Gunduz
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Uludag University

Vivek Gupta
PhD Student, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

Dimitri Gutas
Professor of Arabic, Yale University

Bassam Haddad
Associate Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University

Ghassan Hage
Professor, University of Melbourne

Zaki Haidar
Visiting Lecturer of Arabic, Carleton College

Serra Hakyemez
Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Ali Hammoudi
PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

Dyala Hamzah
Professor, Department of History, University of Montreal

Adam Hanieh
Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

Lara Harb
Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College

Sirene Harb
Associate Professor, American University of Beirut

Michelle Hartman
Associate Professor, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University

Magda Hassan
PhD, University of Cambridge

Salah Hassan
Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Amir Hassanpour
Associate Prof. (Ret.), University of Toronto

Rima Hassouneh
Lecturer II, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Gretchen Head
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Linda Herrera
Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Alaa Hijazi
Assistant Professor of Psychology, American University of Beirut

Engseng Ho
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Duke University

Clive Holes
Khalid bin Abdullah Al Sa’ud Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK

Uri Horesh
Assistant Professor of Instruction, Middle East and North African Studies, Northwestern University

Lamya Hussain
Member for Centre of Palestine Studies, SOAS, University of London

Adel Iskandar
Assistant Professor fo Global Communication, Simon Fraser University

Ammar Jan
Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

Toby Jones
Associate Professor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Ray Jureidini
Professor of Sociology, Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, Doha, Qatar

Amy Kallander
Associate Professor of Middle East History, Syracuse University

Ousmane Kane
Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School

Ahmed Kanna
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific

Tomis Kapitan
Professor (Emeritus), Philosophy Department, Northern Illinois University

Lidwien Kapteijns
Professor of History, Wellesley College

Rima Karami
Associate Professor, American University of Beirut

Paul Kelemen
Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester

Ferhat Kentel
Professor of Sociology, Istanbul Sehir University

Arang Keshavarzian
Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

Muhammad Ali Khalidi
Associate Professor, Philosophy, York University, Toronto

Muqtedar Khan
Associate Professor, University of Delaware

Yasmine Khayyat
Assistant Professor, African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University

Issam Khoury
Associate Academic Dean, Center for International Learning, Oman

Ilham Khuri-Makdisi
Associate Professor of History, Northeastern University

Laurie King
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Georgetown University

Abdulhamit Kırmızı
Chair of History Department, Istanbul Şehir University

Marcy Knopf-Newman
Independent Scholar

Nikolas Kosmatopoulos
Lecturer, Ecole Federale Polytechnique de Lausanne

Elektra Kostopoulou
Lecturer, Rutgers University

Murat Koyuncu
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Bogazici University

Marieke Krijnen
PhD Student, Ghent University

Patricia Kubala
PhD Student, UC Berkeley

Bülent Kücük
Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, Boğazici University

Blair Kuntz
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian, University of Toronto

Eileen Kuttab
Associate Professor of Sociology, Institute of Women Studies, Birzeit University

Nora Lafi
Professor of History, Zentrum Moderner Orient

Robert Lang
Professor of Cinema, University of Hartford

Smadar Lavie
Scholar in Residence, Beatrice Bain Research Group, University of California-Berkeley

Joseph Lombardo
Doctoral Candidate, The New School for Social Research

Haiyun Ma
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Frostburg State University

Zeina Maasri
Associate Professor, American University of Beirut / University of Brighton

Ramzi Mabsout
Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut

Saba Mahmood
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Sunaina Maira
Professor, University of California, Davis

Lisa Suhair Majaj
Independent Scholar, University of Cyprus

Rima Majed
PhD Candidate, University of Oxford

Neepa Majumdar
Associate Professor, Film Studies and English, University of Pittsburgh

Dina Makram-Ebeid
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Harriet Malinowitz
Professor of English, Long Island University

Mahmood Mamdani
Professor, Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University

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  1. just on August 6, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Bravo for standing up for justice!

    BDS with persistent and prolonged vigor!

  2. anthonybellchambers on August 6, 2014, 5:42 pm

    Facts that the Israeli government would rather you did not know:

    1. Binyamin Netanyahu (aka Ben Nitai) claims to speak for the majority of world Jewry when he is well aware that he represents only a minority of Jews, specifically being those who live in Israel (and possibly New York), who support his right-wing, Likud Party agenda. To many others, particularly in Europe, he is considered a Zionist rabble-rouser with an extremist political agenda that permanently rejects any Palestinian state but requires the ‘transfer’ of all indigenous Arabs out of former Palestine.

    2. Israel’s actions such as its illegal settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in order to block the establishment of a Palestinian state; the eight-year blockade of essential supplies into Gaza; the mis-labelling of exported fruit and vegetables to Europe and the horrific killing of women and children in Gaza – all have the effect of exacerbating anti-Semitism around the world. In other words, the brutality of the Israeli government against the indigenous Arab population is the primary driver of anti-Jewish feeling in Europe and around the world.

    3. Netanyahu is well aware of this link and the detrimental effect of his policies on the security of world Jewry and on global public opinion but he also knows very well that the greater the increase in anti-Semitism in Europe, the more French, British and other Jewish nationals will be forced to sell-up their homes and reluctantly leave the land of their birth to seek sanctuary in Israel. This is the not-so-secret agenda of the Netanyahu government.

    4. This agenda is also supported by the millions of Christian Zionists in America, the evangelists, who believe in the literal word of the bible and whose goal is for all 13 million Jews around the world to be relocated to Israel where they can be baptised and brought, en masse, into the Christian church! Israelis smile behind their hands as they accept this support – without which their economy would collapse.

    5. The Israel lobby in America is made up of over a dozen organisations including AIPAC, the primary Zionist pressure group with links into the White House, and which influences, if not controls, US foreign policy around the world.

    But for many peaceful, integrated Jewish communities, Mr Netanyahu’s violent, expansionist agenda and alleged war crimes, are very bad news.

    The head of the Unicef office in Gaza said, today, that 392 children had been killed in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and that about 370,000 children had been traumatised.

    A boycott of all academic and trading links with the state of Israel is now inevitable.

  3. chocopie on August 6, 2014, 5:47 pm


  4. John Douglas on August 6, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Perhaps the accusation of genocide, in the sense of the physical elimination of a racial or ethnic group, is overused. I don’t know. But what is under-mentioned, and this is where social scientist signatories can contribute, is the act of cultural genocide that has been happening since 1947. Zionists in Israel and beyond have propagated the idea that the Palestinians are not a people, that they have no history and no connection to the land being stolen from them. As part of this Israel has stolen their cultural archives, their libraries with precious books and destroys the records of their habitation in Palestine. All this the Israelis do while promoting demonstrably false myths of “a land without a people … “; a land divinely bequeathed to the descendants of Abraham (Muslims have as strong a claim – though neither makes any sense ); a land once ruled by Hebrew kings; a Roman expulsion, etc.

  5. Daniel Rich on August 6, 2014, 7:25 pm

    Please help.

    Dear Daniel,

    As a rabbi who was inspired by my many Jewish teachers to a life dedicated to social change, I am just heartbroken and outraged by the ways American Jewish leadership has failed to live up to the moral standards they set for themselves, and the rest of us.

    To put it bluntly–their response to Israel’s assault on the people of Gaza has been downright disgraceful.

    That’s why I am asking you to join me and the 25,000 others who have signed our Open Letter to ask the leaders of three major US Jewish organization to take a stand for justice.

    Click here to sign the petition

    Starting this Friday, we will be hand-delivering this open letter to Jewish leaders in cities across America.

    Below we have just a sampling of some of the false claims some of these leaders are helping to spread throughout American Jewish communities—and we’ve provided some context to help you respond to them. Their spread illustrates exactly why we have written this Open Letter.

    Is it not too much to expect American Jewish leaders to say unequivocally, as thousands of Jews worldwide are doing, that the disproportionate violence, killing and destruction that the Israeli government is inflicting on the people of Gaza is immoral and intolerable?

    Is it not too much to expect them to hold Israel accountable for ongoing occupation and blockade?

    We must demand that these leaders take a courageous position affirming the equal humanity of all people.

    Please join me in signing the Open Letter insisting they decry the killing of innocents, rather than justify it. That they oppose a policy of collective punishment, rather than funding it.

    Join us in demanding that they challenge Israel’s cynical hasbara (propaganda) below, rather than parroting it.


    Rabbi Alissa Wise

  6. Daniel Rich on August 6, 2014, 7:43 pm

    1) CLAIM: Israel avoids civilian casualties, but Hamas aims to kill civilians.

    RESPONSE: Hamas has crude weapons technology that lacks any targeting capability. As such, Hamas rocket attacks ipso facto violate the principle of distinction because all of its attacks are indiscriminate. This is not contested. Israel, however, would not be any more tolerant of Hamas if it strictly targeted military objects, as we have witnessed of late. Israel considers Hamas and any form of its resistance, armed or otherwise, to be illegitimate. In contrast, … with the use of drones, F-16s and an arsenal of modern weapon technology, Israel has the ability to target single individuals and therefore to avoid civilian casualties. But rather than avoid them, Israel has repeatedly targeted civilians as part of its military operations.
    Noura Erakat (July 22, 2014) Five Israeli Talking Points Debunked, The Nation

    2) CLAIM: Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005.

    RESPONSE: Although in 2005 Israel removed approximately 8000 Jewish settlers who had been living in illegal colonies in Gaza under then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s so-called “disengagement” plan, Israel continues to exercise “unconsented-to effective control,” the legal definition for qualifying as an occupying power. Israel continues to control Gaza’s airspace, coastline, and all of its entry and exit points except for one controlled by Egypt, which has cooperated with Israel in maintaining the siege and blockade of Gaza. This status has been affirmed by the Red Cross, Amnesty International, the U.N., and the U.S. State Department, among others.
    Institute for Middle East Understanding (July 31, 2014) Fact check: Israeli claims about the assault on Gaza

    3) CLAIM: Gaza proves there can be no Palestinian state

    RESPONSE: To grasp the perversity of using Gaza as an explanation for why Israel can’t risk a Palestinian state, it helps to realize that Sharon withdrew Gaza’s settlers in large measure because he didn’t want a Palestinian state.

    Peter Beinart (July 30, 2014) What American Jews Haven’t Been Told About Gaza, Ha’aretz

    4) CLAIM: Hamas started this latest assault

    RESPONSE: Israel’s assault on Gaza, as pointed out by analyst Nathan Thrall in the New York Times, was not triggered by Hamas’ rockets directed at Israel but by Israel’s determination to bring down the Palestinian unity government that was formed in early June, even though that government was committed to honoring all of the conditions imposed by the international community for recognition of its legitimacy.

    Henry Siegman (July 22, 2014) Israel provoked this war. It’s up to President Obama to stop it. Politico

    5) CLAIM: Israel is acting under self defense.

    RESPONSE: All nations have a right of self-defense, including Israel. But that right may be exercised lawfully only in limited circumstances. Israel cannot validly claim self-defense in its recent onslaught against Gaza for two main reasons.
    First…Israel remains an occupying power under international law, bound to protect the occupied civilian population. Israel can use force to defend itself, but no more than is necessary to quell disturbances. Hence this is not a war – rather, it is a top military power unleashing massive firepower against a penned and occupied Palestinian population. Second, self-defense cannot be claimed by a state that initiates violence, as Israel did in its crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank, arresting more than 400, searching 2,200 homes and other sites, and killing at least nine Palestinians.

    George Bisharat (July 22, 1014) Israel Has Overreacted to the Threats It Provoked The New York Times

    Rabbi Alissa Wise

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  7. jewishgoyim on August 6, 2014, 8:03 pm

    Way to go. About time we get somewhere on this topic. Hope Finkelstein and Chomsky don’t feel too bad about that! :-)

  8. Daniel Rich on August 6, 2014, 10:50 pm

    Whereas others are going to boycott those who want to boycott the Apartheid State or are critical of the monster’s genocidal tendencies:

    “But will the artists who criticize Israel military strikes — particularly married Spaniards Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who accused the country of “genocide” in a widely circulated July 25 letter — suffer career backlash in a town whose power brokers tend to be strong supporters of Israel?” – The Holywood Supporter Reporter

    Dare you say it? Dare you?!

  9. bilal a on August 7, 2014, 1:12 am

    Could be worse, could be a Hindu nationalist state:

    Arundhati Roy in Chicago – March 18, 2013

  10. Jackdaw on August 7, 2014, 7:07 am

    These librarians should read the polls. Americans blame Hamas for this latest war.

    47 percent – think both sides are equally to blame.

  11. Pippilin on August 7, 2014, 10:24 am

    I would like to see more non-Arabic signatories on this list.

    • Robert Brooks on August 7, 2014, 11:17 am

      Me, too. Part of the problem is that so many US institutions have relationships with Israeli institutions that many US scholars may fear internal retribution or isolation; and, alas, another element is the fact that many of our “non-sectarian” leading schools (e.g. Cornell, Chicago and Washington University in St.Louis) have significant Jewish enrollments. Columbia seems to be the best exception, but there too, most signers appear to be of Middle East derivation.
      I think, further, that the boycott of goods produced in settlements is easier to sign on to since it targets specific firms and products rather than the blanket censure of entire organizations.

  12. Vera Gottlieb on August 7, 2014, 2:11 pm

    As well-intentioned all this is, it isn’t helping Gazans or Palestinians at all. Where to cut into this vicious circle? Exert pressure on israel any which way possible. Break-off diplomatic relations, boycotts, travel bans…Start somewhere.

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