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Arutz Shiva: American Jewish Committee Angered by Boycott by Assoc of Asian Am Studies

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The American Jewish Committee is condemning  a resolution by the Association of Asian American Studies  supporting a boycott against Israeli Academic Institutions, reports Arutz Shiva.

“This pernicious resolution stands in stark contrast to the broader American academic community position opposing such boycotts,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Moreover, this AAAS action will not bring closer Israeli-Palestinian peace. That can only be achieved through direct, bilateral negotiations, which the Palestinians have spurned for the past four years.”

“We call on responsible Asian American academics to urge the AAAS to move expeditiously to totally reverse this resolution,” Harris added. “The current resolution is counter-productive to the cause of Middle East peace, to freedom of expression and inquiry, and to dissemination of knowledge on American campuses.”

In its resolution, AAAS said ” Whereas the Association for Asian American Studies seeks to foster scholarship that engages conditions of migration, displacement, colonialism, and racism, and the lives of people in zones of war and occupation… Be it resolved that the [AAAS] endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.”

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