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By an overwhelming vote of 1,040 in favor and 136 against (88 percent), the American Anthropological Association (AAA) overwhelmingly approved a historic resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions to honor the call of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). The association voted at its annual business conference in Denver, Colorado last night, becoming the largest scholarly institution in the United States to endorse the academic boycott of Israel.

The resolution (full text here) is subject to a final vote of the AAA’s 10,000 members in April. It is the largest professional organization for anthropologists.

"1700 anthropologist academics at #AAA preparing to vote on boycott of #Israel #AnthroBoycott #AAA2015 " Photo: Alex Shams via Twitter @seyyedreza

“1700 anthropologist academics at #AAA preparing to vote on boycott of #Israel #AnthroBoycott #AAA2015 ” Photo: Alex Shams via Twitter @seyyedreza

“The core problem is Israel’s maintenance of a settler colonial regime based on Jewish supremacy and Palestinian dispossession,” the group leading the effort, Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic institutions, said in a press release. “By supporting the boycott, anthropologists are taking a stand for justice through action in solidarity with Palestinians.”

Here is the press release:

AAA Clears Way for Final Vote on Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

In a historic vote Friday night, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) at its annual business meeting approved a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions by a vote of 1,040 in favor and 136 against. The resolution will now be forwarded to the full membership for a final vote by electronic ballot in the coming months.

The resolution enjoins the Association not to enter into any formal collaborations with Israeli academic institutions. Individual Israeli scholars may continue to participate in AAA conferences and publications. Moreover, individual AAA members will remain free to determine for themselves whether and how to apply the boycott in their own professional practice.

As heirs to a long tradition of scholarship on colonialism, anthropologists affirm, through this resolution, that the core problem is Israel’s maintenance of a settler colonial regime based on Jewish supremacy and Palestinian dispossession. By supporting the boycott, anthropologists are taking a stand for justice through action in solidarity with Palestinians.

Today’s historic result is due to over three years of organizing within the Association to educate and mobilize members to stand against Israel’s widespread, systematic, and ongoing violations of Palestinian rights, as well as to protest the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in these abuses. The vote was also a powerful act of protest against U.S. support for Israel’s actions.

With over 10,000 members, AAA is by far the largest academic association in the United States to endorse the boycott at an annual meeting. A competing resolution rejecting the boycott under the guise of promoting “engagement” was defeated by a vote of 1,173 against and 196 in favor.

The text of resolution states that AAA will honor the call from Palestinian civil society [PACBI] “to boycott Israeli academic institutions until such time as these institutions end their complicity in violating Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law”.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), which is part of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), and oversees the academic and cultural boycott aspects of BDS, immediately released a statement expressing deep gratitude for the solidarity represented in the passage of the resolution.

“Anthropologists at the AAA conference have sent a clear message of international solidarity with Palestinians and upheld some of the best values of the profession,” PACBI co-founder Prof. Lisa Taraki, a Palestinian sociologist at Birzeit University said. “Palestinian academics, students and society at large are deeply inspired by this most effective expression of solidarity with our struggle for freedom, justice and equality. It reminds us of similar initiatives taken by academics and academic associations worldwide in the 1980s in support of the academic boycott of South Africa under apartheid.”

PACBI Steering committee member Prof. Haidar Eid, “PACBI wishes to acknowledge, with deep gratitude, the tireless, effective, strategic and principled efforts of all the academics who diligently worked for several years to achieve this remarkable victory for the academic boycott of Israel.”

Eid also made the South Africa analogy:

“We are certain that this outstanding expression of support for the Palestinian-led BDS movement will further galvanize academics to pursue the institutional boycott of Israel. As in the South African anti-apartheid struggle, the boycott of complicit institutions will significantly contribute to the long march towards Palestinian liberation and self-determination.”

Photo: Alex Shams via Twitter @seyyedreza

Photo: Alex Shams via Twitter @seyyedreza

According to PACBI, Israeli academic institutions are particularly targeted due to their “persistent and deep complicity in planning, implementing and whitewashing crimes against the Palestinian people by Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.”

As Nadia Abu El-Haj, professor in the Departments of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University, explains:

Israeli universities take political positions that support the status quo all the time. Sometimes taking political positions involves making declarations of support: [Tel Aviv University]..released a statement on July 24, 2014 in support of “all the security forces who are working to restore quiet and security to Israel,” that is, the armed forces fighting the Gaza war. More often, taking a political position is structural in form: building universities on confiscated Palestinian land; developing weapons systems with the Israeli military; formulating the Dahiya doctrine, used in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2014, that calls for the use of disproportionate force to destroy civilian property and infrastructure; providing financial and academic support for Israeli soldiers…; giving course credit for classes in hasbara, that is, learning social media strategies designed to justify Israeli policies under the guise of “public diplomacy;” and more routinely, discriminating against Palestinian students in their midst. [2]

Yes, Israeli universities are not alone in helping to develop military technologies and strategies or in reproducing the forms of violence that characterize the states and societies of which they are a part. And if there were a global political movement calling for a boycott of U.S. universities to protest the violence the U.S. unleashes on the world, I would stand in solidarity with that call… In supporting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, I am responding to a call from Palestinian civil society that we recognize the integral role that Israeli universities play in sustaining the Israeli state and its belligerent regime. And I am responding to that call because I recognize that as a professor at a U.S. university I bear a particular political and ethical responsibility:  The “exceptional” relationship between the U.S. and Israel demands that I take a stand.

The “Background for the Resolution” text reads:

“An academic boycott has an important role to play in pressuring Israel to end these abuses. Israel stands apart from other states that routinely engage in mass human rights abuses due to the level of support it receives from the United States. At the governmental level, Israel is the leading recipient — in absolute and per capita terms — of official U.S. aid, much of which goes to purchase weapons used to oppress, maim, and kill Palestinians. More than with any other country, the U.S. regularly thwarts any concerted action at the United Nations to curb Israel’s abuses, in the face of near-universal condemnation by the international community. Furthermore, Israel enjoys extensive ties with academic and cultural institutions in the U.S. As a result, Israel depends on the U.S. not only for diplomatic and military aid, but also for its sense of legitimacy in the face of international condemnation.

The academic boycott is an act of protest against Israel’s violations and an act of solidarity with our Palestinian colleagues. It is also a rejection of the support that the U.S. government provides Israel, enabling it to act with impunity. Israel’s dependence on the U.S. makes it vulnerable to popular pressure, such as boycotts, from U.S. organizations. Boycott functions by making complicity with the status quo burdensome for Israeli academic institutions. It provides a concrete and proven way that scholars can participate in amplifying that pressure.”


Annie Robbins

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

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  1. amigo on November 21, 2015, 2:19 pm

    Good news and thanks for your efforts to bring it to us.One thing for sure , senor Rabinowitz will not be having a pleasant weekend.

    Any feel for how the final vote will go.

    • annie on November 21, 2015, 2:42 pm

      my hunch is it will pass. of the 1,700 at the conference w/88% endorsing the boycott, that’s a good sign.

      • Krauss on November 22, 2015, 8:11 am

        Oh it will pass.

        It’s becoming increasingly clear that the major question is not which academic institutions in the humanities that are going to sign up for BDS, but rather which are left.

        The Zionists have fundamentally lost the American left. It’s not even arguable at this stage. Now the focus turns to practical implementation. What do we do with this momentum? There has to be more than resolutions and conferences. Zionists have to pay a steep social price in liberal milieus, as would any supporter of Apartheid. Jewish Apartheid is not nobler than any other Apartheid.

      • JWalters on November 22, 2015, 8:24 pm

        I agree it will probably pass. 1176 votes total (1,040 vs 136) is over 10% of the entire membership, and therefore probably pretty representative. Zionist money probably can’t buy off enough members to swing this.

        This could be a hammer blow to the Zionist myth. Once America’s academic research professionals rebel against it, that will be very tough to explain away, and tough to hide.

        This is a great step forward for justice. My deep thanks to all those who worked so hard, and to all those who voted to bring about this victory.

      • light2014 on November 24, 2015, 8:10 pm

        The highest appeals court in France had upheld fines imposed on anti-Israel activists for “inciting hate or discrimination” during a demonstration promoting the boycott, I was reminded immediately of David’s insight. For what the French court decision demonstrates — and too many people in the Jewish community, especially in Israel, still don’t properly understand this — is that BDS is essentially a domestic form of anti-Semitism that attacks local Jews through the demonizing of the Jewish state. The only way for Jews to remove this stain is through publicly dissociating themselves from, and loudly condemning, the State of Israel. Quarantining Israel in order to eliminate it may be the stated goal of BDS, but its immediate and often only impact is upon those Jews in the vicinity of the movement’s propaganda activities.

        Here’s the story of what happened in France. In 2009 and 2010, mobs of BDS activists began descending on supermarkets and forcibly removing Israeli products — many of which were available, for obvious reasons, at the kosher counter for Jewish customers. Video footage of one of these many supermarket invasions shows the protesters thuggishly chanting in favor of the boycott as they surround customers and staff, sealing off aisles where Israeli products are on sale.

        By any standards of decency, these protests were both physically threatening and bigoted in their expression; few people would want to be caught in the act of purchasing an Israeli avocado by this rabble. In the eastern city of Mulhouse, 12 activists were charged with incitement after they distributed leaflets urging “Long Live Palestine, Boycott Israel,” with another one warning customers that “buying Israeli products means legitimizing crimes in Gaza.”

        After a local court found in favor of the prosecution, imposing a collective fine of $14,500 plus court expenses, the activists took their case to appeal. It’s that appeal that has failed in recent days. In ruling against the activists, who had based their case on freedom of expression, the court cited “the French republic’s law on Freedom of the Press, which prescribes imprisonment or a fine of up to $50,000 for parties that ‘provoke discrimination, hatred or violence toward a person or group of people on grounds of their origin, their belonging or their not belonging to an ethnic group, a nation, a race or a certain religion.'”

        BDS is on pretty shaky ground with most of those categories. Ultimately, that is why it is now legally regarded in France as a form of hate speech — and while we live in a country that guarantees all forms of speech, that shouldn’t prevent us from recognizing BDS as hate speech nonetheless.

      • RoHa on November 25, 2015, 9:12 pm

        “BDS is essentially a domestic form of anti-Semitism that attacks local Jews through the demonizing of the Jewish state.”

        Why would demonizing a Jewish State be an attack on (e.g.) French Jews who are not citizens of that state and do not support the evil activities of that state?

        “The highest appeals court in France had upheld fines imposed on anti-Israel activists for “inciting hate or discrimination” during a demonstration promoting the boycott,…

        Ultimately, that is why it is now legally regarded in France as a form of hate speech — and while we live in a country that guarantees all forms of speech, that shouldn’t prevent us from recognizing BDS as hate speech nonetheless.”

        Sorry, I’m confused here. On the one hand you say that hate speech is punished by law in France, and on the other you say that “we” (presumably “we French”, since you haven’t mentioned any other country aside from Israel) “live in a country that guarantees all forms of speech”.

        Are you, in fact, an Israeli, and by “we” mean “we Israelis”?

      • echinococcus on November 26, 2015, 1:08 am

        We’ll enforce blatant suppression of speech through the proxy of a fake-democratic Western nation and make you like it and eat it and call it free speech.
        Pushing French citizens to dissociate from Zionist bastards is antisemitism.
        Boycotting the genocidal invaders of Palestine is not against the genocidal invaders but against French citizens who have fuck all to do with said genocidal invaders.
        The offices that very probably pay you for propaganda are making a very bad investment. Thy should first screen their prospects for logic.

  2. Herchel on November 21, 2015, 3:16 pm

    With ISIS Turning western Europe into a bloodbath and Jews slaughtered in the heart of Tel Aviv, this seems like a perfectly appropriate and newsworthy event.

    • annie on November 21, 2015, 3:31 pm

      a perfectly appropriate and newsworthy event.

      which is why you’re here no doubt. and why >>> < << is covering it:

      “The phenomenon of academic boycotts has intensified and in recent years expanded beyond the marginal radical borders of academia and onto leading US campuses,” said Prof. Peretz Lavie, president of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and head of the chairman of the Association of University Heads in Israel following the vote.

      “This phenomenon is likely to cause heavy damage to research, reliant on international cooperation, which in turn will also affect industry, the economy, and the future resilience of the State of Israel,” he said.

      • Nevada Ned on November 22, 2015, 9:09 pm

        The Israelis and their supporters and defenders are of course opposed to BSD. They make two arguments: (1) the BSD will not accomplish anything, and (2) The BSD is a deadly menace to Israel. Logically, these two arguments of course cannot both be true. If BSD isn’t accomplishing anything, why are the Israelis so concerned ? Why the tone of panic?

        BSD was a small movement some years ago, but it has grown. And as it grows, it becomes stronger. Future larger victories become possible. When church A passes a pro-BSD resolution it makes it easier to win support from church B. And so on.

        Of course BSD could not succeed without the unwitting help from Begin, Sharon, and Netanyahu and their helpers.

    • Mooser on November 21, 2015, 5:02 pm

      “With ISIS Turning western Europe into a bloodbath and Jews slaughtered in the heart of Tel Aviv, this seems like a perfectly appropriate and newsworthy event”

      I certainly think so! And very hopeful, besides.
      But if you want to tell us why Israel can only be stopped in its intransigence by violent means, and not a boycott, please go ahead.
      The AAA doesn’t think so, but I bet you could change their minds, “Herschel”

    • diasp0ra on November 21, 2015, 5:43 pm


      You sure have a pinch for the dramatic, don’t you Herchel?

      If “Jews” (Israelis, really) are being “slaughtered” in Tel Aviv then Palestinians have been put under genocide if you want to look at numbers.

      More misdirection, tsk tsk tsk. I’m sure you’ll downplay the importance and call it a drop in the ocean etc, but those drops are trickling down more and more. Hope you can swim.

    • eljay on November 21, 2015, 5:51 pm

      || Herchel: With ISIS Turning western Europe into a bloodbath and Jews slaughtered in the heart of Tel Aviv … ||

      …and Jews slaughtering throughout Palestine and the West turning the Middle East into a bloodbath. I agree that all of it is utterly unjust and immoral.

    • John O on November 21, 2015, 6:15 pm

      You have a strange idea of what constitutes a “bloodbath”. 130 Europeans slaughtered in Paris in 2015, compared with up to 2500 Palestinians slaughtered in Gaza in 2014.

    • DaBakr on November 22, 2015, 7:28 am

      With Palestinians being slaughtered in Hebron and Gaza…. “a perfectly appropriate newsworthy event.”

      And if Hamas had a single worthy educational institution…but it does not. Neither does IS.

      Of course its a “newsworthy” event to anybody who understands the way most western MSM trolls for, well, newsworthy stories. If anyone here is angry or disgusted with this news there are news outlets like The Jewish Press, Commentary, WSJ, and others that may be more ‘sympathetic’. But complaining about the msm carrying this victory for bds here on MW is just sour grapes. The state of US (and an many ways Israeli) academia did not get this far left without the knowledge and support of the masses of US, EU and international parents who have been spending billions to send their kids to these academic institutions represented by groups like the AAA. It doesn’t even appear as if there was any noticeable amount of rancor during the vote. I am sure the pro-Israel groups will lobby before the final vote but its probably too late.
      So-of course this is big news for BdS. The bigger news will come later on when its determined what effect this has on the overall tone of the bds movement. Right now in the US it is not determined wether the left leaning academia has much of an influence over mainstream society or not. No doubt left-wing academia is represented strongly in the Obama admin. certainly BDS has no reason to assume it is faltering.

      • weiss on November 22, 2015, 12:48 pm

        Left Leaning Leftists???

        The Fascists have tilted the political spectrum so far to the Right that the Left is now in the CENTER…

        … This is the real existential threat which is destroying Israel FROM WITHIN.

      • DaBakr on November 22, 2015, 8:07 pm

        The fact that you use the term “fascist ” to describe those you don’t agree with in the center-right majority exposes you as exactly that, a very far left leaning lefty. The idea that the left in Israel is really the center is a joke. Do you understand that the% of Israelis who read haaretz is in the single digits. Another useless comment

      • Emory Riddle on November 23, 2015, 10:04 am

        “..a very far left leaning lefty.” The language of the brainwashed.

      • tony greenstein on November 23, 2015, 10:11 am

        It’s not that the ‘left’ is in the Centre – the Israeli ‘left’ was always on the right – but that the right – Yesh Atid is considered ‘left’.

        In reality ‘left’ and ‘right’ in Israel are meaningless terms except for the Joint List and anti-Zionists. The Zionist ‘left’ and ‘right’ both agree on the fundamentals i.e. a Jewish state and the need to keep the Arabs to a minimum. Every piece of repressive legislation from Netanyahu, the latest being to bar BDS supporters from Israel, but all the other stuff such as making Boycott a civil offence, Access to Communities Act etc. is supported by the Israeli Labour Party. Only Meretz has a muffled voice in opposition.

    • bryan on November 22, 2015, 8:07 am

      Herchel – please explain the interconnection between ISIS atrocities in Paris, isolated incidents of violence in Israel’s diplomatic centre (perpetrated by both Jews and non-Jews) and a vote by an American academic organisation. ISIS claims its actions are a response to the French bombings in Syria, and is highly unlikely to pay any attention to the opinions of American humanities professors. The scattered incidents of violence in Israel are unorganised and uncoordinated but are generally perceived to be a result of the intensifying occupation, the increasingly violent response of the Israeli state and pro-Israel incitement, and disillusionment relating to the complete failure of any “peace process” or means of resolving the conflict. I suspect that Palestinian society will be elated by the growing success of BDS, (which will obviously strengthen the hand of those advocating non-violent resistance), and despondent and disillusioned Palestinian youths may even think twice about committing acts of violence if they understand that there is international sympathy for their cause. I can therefore understand why you think this is “a perfectly appropriate and newsworthy event.”

    • elata on November 22, 2015, 9:54 pm

      indeed. great cause to waste time and resources on.

  3. chocopie on November 21, 2015, 3:52 pm

    Wonderful! Fantastic!

    • annie on November 21, 2015, 4:07 pm

      i know! i flipped out last night ;) it’s fantastic!

      i’m so grateful for the tireless efforts extended by activists. this was a long long process.

      remember last year?

      December 9, 2014

      Our Liberation Will Not Be Complete Until Everyone’s Is’: A report from the American Anthropological Association boycott debate

      In Washington, DC on Friday, the American Anthropological Association’s annual business meeting was packed with more members than any other time in recent memory – over 700. The meeting room was so crowded that hotel staff had to take down a wall with the adjoining room to accommodate everyone.

      “Hands down the most well attended business meeting ever!” (Photo: Arlene Davila)

      On the agenda was a proposed resolution against boycotting Israeli academic institutions. This effort to shut down the boycott discussion backfired spectacularly: members present overwhelmingly voted down the measure, which mustered a mere 52 supporters.

      The atmosphere in the room was electric, as anthropologists from across the profession discussed the boycott and the ongoing violations of Palestinian academic freedom and human rights. Of the 24 members who spoke, three-quarters opposed the resolution, arguing that it was an attempt to shut down a crucial debate.

      In recent months, over 1,000 anthropologists have signed a boycott pledge to protest Israel’s ongoing, systematic, and widespread violations of Palestinian academic freedom and human rights. Anthropologists campaigning for the boycott elected not to pursue a resolution at this year’s AAA meeting in favor of building the broadest possible support among members over the coming months. They sponsored a series of panels at the conference to raise awareness about the boycott and about human rights violations in Palestine. Despite this, opponents of the boycott sought to short-circuit the debate by forcing the AAA to take an anti-boycott position now.

      After the resolution was presented, Lisa Rofel of UC Santa Cruz reminded members that the discussion about boycotting Israeli academic institutions within AAA has only just begun and should not be shut down.


      Rema Hammami from Bir Zeit University in Palestine announced that she was “thrilled to finally be at an academic conference where the problems faced by Palestinians have been centrally discussed.” Hammami reminded her American colleagues that the United States is “deeply implicated in enabling Israel’s actions” through military, diplomatic, and financial aid. –

      • JWalters on November 22, 2015, 8:32 pm

        Interesting that this victory came from taking the time to build support, rather than acting impulsively and prematurely.

  4. Kay24 on November 21, 2015, 4:52 pm

    Great move. I hope the other learned institutions will also follow suit. I am sure there were certain elements working against this resolution, and it is good to know the majority prevailed.

    Every little step counts, and from the reactions from the occupier, it shows that they are being hit.

  5. Les on November 21, 2015, 5:57 pm

    We should also thank those who brought about the firing of Steven Salaita from the University of Illinois for their effort to bring about this unintended result by his academic colleagues.

    • annie on November 21, 2015, 8:46 pm


    • ritzl on November 21, 2015, 10:46 pm

      Agree Les. When the history is written, I think Salaita’s treatment/firing for the temerity to say tangentially non-flattering things about Israel as a private citizen, showed academia just how deep and affecting the problem is. That is to say that this isn’t just about Palestinians anymore. It’s about THESE people and THEIR ability (under threat of termination) to voice opinions about Israel out loud.

      The pro-Israel goons way overstepped with Salaita.

      The old “first they came for the…” admonition is in full real-life, real-time effect here and these folks apparently sense it viscerally. They get it. Before it’s too late. So cool.

      “First they came for the Palestinians…then thy came for Steven Salaita…then they came for me, but by then…”

    • DaBakr on November 22, 2015, 7:46 am

      interesting backlash theory. wouldn’t be surprised to find out many of the AAA body felt the way you suggest.

  6. aloeste on November 21, 2015, 10:56 pm

    hope israel should honor these people by building a new settlement and calling it kiryat antropologim….

    • annie on November 22, 2015, 12:05 am

      sooo predictable. by the same standards israel would be no more since they slaughter so many more palestinians. if all of the innocent martyrs were honored with land one would have to build out into the mediterranean.

      • ritchiesmum on November 22, 2015, 4:37 am

        That’s a gem of an idea: imagine it if you will Annie…… YOU just solved the bloody P/I conflict! Israel to import the very best Chinese engineers & planners, couple that Chinese know-how with Indian subcontinental labour et voila!: a Zionist-dreamscape *(perhaps shaped in the form of a six-pronged Star of David) jutting into the Mediterranesan and built upon a foundation of human waste product. WOW! Problem solved: Tons of newly created real estate for Zionistic speculators to peddle & from which to profit. This will surely create untold employment opportunities for all that pent-up Sub-Saharan African migrant labour class too. What a win-win!

      • Boo on November 23, 2015, 2:58 pm

        How fabulous for Israel to take a page from the artificial-islands blueprints of Dubai and Bahrain!

      • Kay24 on November 23, 2015, 3:31 pm

        Boo, it would be good for Israel to learn from those Arabs, and build their endless settlements on artificial lands. But no, they are so greedy, they prefer to kill their neighbors and take their land.
        Chasing the Arabs away, demolishing their homes, and keeping them occupied, seems easier for the zionists.

    • Marnie on November 22, 2015, 4:15 am

      Maybe you and Hechel should get together and apply salve to your self-inflicted wounds.

    • Talkback on November 22, 2015, 7:58 am


      “Honoring” people with commiting a war crime is everything we need about people like you and why BDS might not be enough.

      • lysias on November 23, 2015, 11:51 am

        The Rosenbergs revealed military secrets to a foreign power. As did Pollard.

        Vanunu revealed them to the public. Like Snowden and Manning.

    • DaBakr on November 22, 2015, 8:15 am

      don’t worry. we already have a big housing unit bordering Silwan named Yonaton after Pollard.

      • diasp0ra on November 22, 2015, 8:27 am


        Are you proud of this?
        Is this real?
        Naming something after a traitor?

        Keep alienating people. It’s only hurt your case.

      • weiss on November 22, 2015, 12:55 pm

        Meanwhile israels demand for Pollards parole to be eliminated so he can emigrate to Israel is a JOKE , considering Mordechai Vanunu was released from prison in 2004 yet 11 years later Israel still will not even let him leave Israel.


      • DaBakr on November 22, 2015, 8:13 pm


        Yes. Absolutely. Anyone who sacrificed to help keep our enemies at bay can have a housing unit named. I don’t care that Pollard was paid, blew coke and skrwd hookers . He delivered the info that the US withheld. And btw- the US has been spying on us for decades but we don’t whine about it and convict your spies like that iran-contra criminal convict scrum Weinberger .

        And @wss
        . The Vanunu case is so fundamentally different then Pollard it’s foolish to even try to compare. You want a comparison? Try this: the US executed the Rosenbergs for committing the equivalent of what Vanunu did. He should rot but instead, he has a life, outside prison. He is lucky for just that and should stfu

      • Marnie on November 22, 2015, 11:41 pm

        I knew Pollard was a traitor but had no idea he may have skewered hookers. It’s no surprise he’d be treated like a hero in the zionist state. All you have to do is lie, cheat, steal and/or skewer.

      • tony greenstein on November 23, 2015, 10:15 am

        The difference is that the Rosenbergs were innocent and were framed by the McCarthyists and anti-Semites. They were principled communists.

        Pollard is traitorous scum who did his best to confirm the anti-Semitic canard of Jewish ‘dual loyalty’. He should have been kept inside and allowed to rot.

      • Chu on November 24, 2015, 10:02 am

        The difference is that the Rosenbergs were innocent and were framed by the McCarthyists and anti-Semites. They were principled communists.

        I’ve heard that Ethyl may have been innocent in the past, but not Julius. I’m talking about Alexander Vassiliev notebooks:
        “The Vassiliev notebooks also shed light on the impact the Rosenberg ring had on the Korean war. Combined with declassified FBI files and other sources, the Vassiliev notebooks make it possible to construct a detailed timeline of Julius Rosenberg’s espionage ring that reveals that it provided the USSR with detailed information about hundreds of weapons systems, including many that were developed too late for use in World War II that were used in anger for the first time in Korea.6 These weapons, such as land- and air-based radar, the proximity fuse, analog computers for aiming antiaircraft artillery, and jet airplanes, were the core military technologies of the early Cold War.”

        If you have any links that the Rosenbergs were victims of an antisemitic trap, please provide. It sounds interesting.

      • RoHa on November 24, 2015, 10:01 pm

        Technical note: The Soviets did not need the Rosenbergs to help with jet engines. Jet engines had been invented independently in Britain and Germany. Britain had helped the US to develop jets. The Soviets had got hold of some German jet technology, but they were able to buy the best (the RR Nene engine) from Britain and copy it. That is the engine that powered the Mig 15s of the Korean War.

  7. HarryLaw on November 22, 2015, 6:53 am

    What better qualified group of Professionals are there to pass this wonderful resolution.
    Anthropology.. The scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans. Good work Annie.

  8. hophmi on November 22, 2015, 7:45 pm

    It’s another nail in the coffin of liberal arts in higher education, and the misfits who populate its ranks.

    Any anthropologist who attempts to discriminate against an Israeli scholar will be sued for discrimination on the basis of national origin.

    • echinococcus on November 23, 2015, 6:59 am

      Hophmi. Don’t try to convince us further of your mental capacity.
      “Any anthropologist” would not discriminate on national origin but being supported or supporting curtailment of academic freedom, scientific falsification, invasion and genocide.

      • hophmi on November 23, 2015, 5:17 pm

        “That’s not how academia works.”

        That’s exactly what’s happening with Israeli scholars, as the AAA’s own Task Force report says. It’s against the law, both in the United States and in Great Britain. They’re being targeted by other academics, who are refusing to collaborate with them, permit them to publish in journals, and so on.

        There will be lawsuits over this stuff, believe me. And rightfully so. It’s against American discrimination law. And yes, even BDS supporters admit that it would be against the law to discriminate against Israelis on the basis of national origin, which is why they say they target institutions, rather than individuals.

        “Once again you reveal your contempt for the liberal arts.”

        I don’t have contempt for liberal arts. These scholars do.

      • Mooser on November 24, 2015, 12:16 am

        “here will be lawsuits over this stuff, believe me. And rightfully so. It’s against American discrimination law.”

        Are you nuts, “Hophmi”? I checked. Israelis (or any other non-national) has no standing to sue under American civil rights laws.
        “Standing”, ever here of it?

      • Mooser on November 24, 2015, 12:29 am

        “It’s against the law, both in the United States and in Great Britain.”

        And what happened in England when the UCU endorsed BDS? Some Zionist organization sued, and if I remember, was soundly rebuffed. JSF covered it pretty well, I could go look it up if you like.

      • MHughes976 on November 24, 2015, 12:54 pm

        Well, it’s not quite like that, Mooser. About a decade ago the UCU sought legal advice from Lord Lester, considered to be the greatest expert on, indeed the real author of, our anti-discrimination laws and it was on his advice that the National Executive was persuaded that BDS would be illegal. No one has dared to put the matter to an actual test.
        UCU activists assemble every year and call for BDS and every year their vote is ‘voided’ per another part of Lester’s advice, which is that the Executive cannot be validly instructed to do something illegal.
        A few years ago the obvious sympathy of the conference for BDS and for the Palestinian cause, though expressed in mere words, led to the famous legal action which failed so spectacularly. The Tribunal noted that Lester’s advice had been followed in ‘scrupulous’ fashion – that word has stayed with me – and as far as I know it still is.
        The Tribunal struck a blow for free speech but not for BDS-style action. One result of the litigation was that Lester’s advice was published and that has extended its chilling effect more widely. The legality of BDS in UK law has yet to be tested in court.

      • MHughes976 on November 24, 2015, 5:47 pm

        I’m surprised that what seems like absurd legal advice has been so slavishly accepted, though it has been accepted by people who have very radical views. Mooser’s comment hits at least one of the nails on the head – why should a law that would prevent discrimination against foreigners resident in the.UK affect how foreign governments and those carrying out their policies are treated?

      • Mooser on November 24, 2015, 6:11 pm

        “Well, it’s not quite like that, Mooser.”

        Yes, I’m not being very clear. This is the case I had in mind. Ronnie Fraser.

        “An academic has lost his case against the Universities and Colleges Union, which he alleged is anti-Semitic, with the furious tribunal slamming those who brought the case as having “a worrying disregard for pluralism, tolerance and freedom of expression.”

    • diasp0ra on November 23, 2015, 8:12 am

      Lol, if it helps you sleep at night hoph.

      That’s not how academia works.

      • Richard Morris on November 23, 2015, 10:48 am

        Murder and Mayhem
        Hard to write or talk about the murders in Paris.
        My sister and family live in Boulogne Sur Mer a hundred miles or so away but bad vibes enter the spirit and depress us all. It is natural at times like this to identify strongly with our families and countries we love like France.
        So many lives uselessly ended.
        The usual comparisons arrive from various sources often descending into useless polemics.
        Whoever is to blame for this mayhem, we Europeans recognise the threat to our relatively peaceful lives but probably fail to make the connections of our own complicity in the hatred emanating from not only abroad but in our own societies.
        Frenchmen murder Frenchmen in Paris. British murder British. A young soldier is murdered on the streets of London.
        A tube train is blown up by British citizens killing British citizens.
        Fear clogs our minds as we receive news second hand endlessly recycled on the bulletin channels.
        129 in Paris, 20 in Mali, 100 in Turkey 2,100 in Gaza, thousands in Syria and Iraq, stabbings by Palestinians and shootings and demolitions and burning of houses by Israelis add to the daily toll.
        Social media reports that 44 dead in Beirut,40 in Nigeria, 224 in Russian airline bomb, 67 in Baghdad in August.
        How soon do we forget 30 murdered on beach in Tunisia in June or 22 in Tunis’s national museum before that.
        Emma Kelly, Blogger on Daily Star on the Friday night Isis struck in Paris
        “A story about a town being blown to pieces in Lebanon may get a couple of thousand hits”
        The Paris attack got thousands of hits every minute…don’t complain that the media didn’t tell you about a tragedy on the other side of the world.
        They did.
        You just didn’t click”
        Dr Natalie Roberts of Medecins Sans Frontiere helped treat thousands of Yemenis injured by Saudi air strikes against the Houthi.
        “It’s the first place I’ve been to where I haven’t met a journalist at all.
        This is a conflict not in the public eye”.
        Richard Morris
        [email protected]

    • lysias on November 23, 2015, 11:53 am

      Once again you reveal your contempt for the liberal arts.

      By the way, if you’re right about academics in the natural sciences not saying anything controversial, you’re exposing their cowardice and dependence on grants.

      Oh, and how many South African academics won that kind of suit?

    • Mooser on November 23, 2015, 1:14 pm

      “Any anthropologist who attempts to discriminate against an Israeli scholar will be sued for discrimination on the basis of national origin.”

      In which courts, American or Israeli? An Israeli citizen is going to sue in American courts “for discrimination based on national origin”?

      • MHughes976 on November 23, 2015, 5:20 pm

        In the UK the fear of legal action along roughly these lines has paralysed the Universities and Colleges Union, as is widely known,,though the law has not changed (to my knowledge; someone here will correct me if I’m wrong) since the boycott of apartheid enjoyed strong support and no one ever dreamed that it was itself a kind of illegal discrimination.
        My guess is that the UCU congress would vote overwhelmingly for BDS but for this legal obstacle, which inhibits every large UK organisation. However, activists who attend conferences are never entirely typical of the ‘passivist’ membership. My uninformed guess is that the. AAA membership vote will narrowly go against BDS. Ten years ago it would have gone the same way much more heavily. Things are not utterly static.

      • Mooser on November 23, 2015, 5:30 pm

        “My uninformed guess is that the. AAA membership vote will narrowly go against BDS. Ten years ago it would have gone the same way much more heavily.Things are not utterly static.

  9. Jackdaw on November 22, 2015, 11:56 pm

    Cosseted academics.

    • lysias on November 23, 2015, 11:53 am

      I’m sure that’s what defenders of South African apartheid must have said.

      • Jackdaw on November 23, 2015, 3:23 pm

        AAA has 10,000 members and only 12% cast votes.
        The resolution was foisted on the AAA by a handful of Pro-Palestinian AAA members.


      • annie on November 23, 2015, 4:55 pm

        The resolution was foisted on the AAA by a handful of Pro-Palestinian AAA members.

        no, as a matter of fact it wasn’t. the process went thru a rigorous procedure initiated at last years conference (like every major measure introduced at the association) of having a working group set up by the association to study the issue, results distributed. so it wasn’t “foisted … by a handful”. the “12% cast votes” represented over 1,100 members (attendees) who were present and voted at the conference (which i think was attended by 16-1700 members (i have not verified that). the annual conference included, of course, association membership from the entire country. they all didn’t just happen to attend for that one issue. the electronic vote people do not have to be present and i don’t know if it’s an anonymous vote or not. obviously it’s common for annual conferences of this nature not to have all members present. but it was a lot more than a handful.

      • amigo on November 23, 2015, 5:31 pm

        “AAA has 10,000 members and only 12% cast votes.
        The resolution was foisted on the AAA by a handful of Pro-Palestinian AAA members.

        Victory!! jackduh

        Of the 12% who cast votes , 88% voted in favour.

        Victory ,, well yes it was for the Palestinian side.

        Your side had 136 votes .


        Try reading the article before making a jackass of yourself.

    • Mooser on November 23, 2015, 1:22 pm

      “Cosseted academics.”

      That’s right! Those academics will never know the intellectual rigor of Israel’s education system!

      • Jackdaw on November 23, 2015, 3:26 pm

        Not now they won’t.

      • hophmi on November 23, 2015, 5:22 pm

        Like the vast majority of academics in history, most will of these losers will go right where they deserve – complete oblivion.

      • Mooser on November 23, 2015, 5:24 pm

        “Not now they won’t.”

        Might make an interesting study, tho. But of course, the devolving of an intellectual establishment in thrall to an ideology has been noted before, in at least two instances.

      • Marnie on November 23, 2015, 11:53 pm

        That’s a blessing! Thanks “cosseted academics!”

  10. Boo on November 23, 2015, 2:49 pm

    It should come as no surprise that those whose profession is the study of human development throughout history vote overwhelmingly to support the evolutionary side of this dispute.

    • hophmi on November 23, 2015, 5:23 pm

      “It should come as no surprise that those whose profession is the study of human development throughout history vote overwhelmingly to support the evolutionary side of this dispute.”

      It should come as no surprise that people who study primates should act like them when it comes to this issue.

      • Marnie on November 23, 2015, 11:55 pm

        “It should come as no surprise that people who study primates should act like them when it comes to this issue.”

        Watch yourself now Hophni, you’re master race/chosen people issues are showing.

        Or possibly just sour grapes.

        GO BDS!

      • Mooser on November 24, 2015, 12:25 am

        “It should come as no surprise that people who study primates should act like them when it comes to this issue.”

        ROTFLMSJAO!! Awful, isn’t it “Hophmi”? I mean, that we Jews have to share the planet with (shudder) “primates”. But don’t you think somebody should keep an eye on the beasts? They might be dangerous, if aroused.

      • RoHa on November 24, 2015, 8:33 pm

        These primates are certainly a dodgy looking bunch.

      • RoHa on November 25, 2015, 12:08 am

        Well, that link doesn’t work.

        Try this:

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