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JCRC Condemns ASA Israel Boycott Resolution


The American Studies Association (ASA) announced last week its endorsement of a resolution by its National Council to institute an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the organization. The decision represents a narrow fraction of overall members;  just under 20 percent of ASA membership took part in the vote, over the objection of eight former presidents.

Jacki Cooper Melmed, Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), a program of JEWISHcolorado (formerly known as Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado), issued the following statement:

The JCRC joins the over  twenty-five colleges and universities throughout the country that have condemned the ASA’s vote to support a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.   In addition to being an attack on academic freedom, as many college presidents have aptly pointed out, the ASA’s action reveals troubling attitudes and prejudices.  Singling out Israeli academics based solely on their nationality is discrimination – plain and simple.   Moreover, the ASA’s characterization of the Jewish State as “the Zionist settler-colonial project” reveals that at its core, this resolution is anti-Israel; it does not promote peace or a two-state solution.   Peace for both Israelis and Palestinians depends on mutual recognition, mutual trust, and an open exchange of ideas. This resolution advances none of those interests.

About Michele Weingarden

JEWISHcolorado, founded in 1946 and formerly known as Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, is the umbrella community organization focused on stewarding and strengthening Jewish community in Colorado, Israel and the world. JEWISHcolorado is a member of the Jewish Federations of North America, which is among the top ten charities on the continent. JEWISHcolorado raises and distributes funds in support of a wide variety of programs and partner organizations both locally and globally. Last year, JEWISHcolorado’s Annual Campaign raised $12.3 million and the Endowment and Planned Giving arm houses more than $60 million in long-term assets for individuals, agencies and synagogues in the community. For more information, visit www.JEWISHcolorado.org

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