Breaking News
Home / News / JCRC Condemns ASA Israel Boycott Resolution

JCRC Condemns ASA Israel Boycott Resolution

JCRC_2935_Horizontal

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

Michele Weingarden lives in Superior and is a Colorado Advisory Board member for Hazon. She looks forward to sharing modern social justice symbols to her Seder tonight.

Check Also

ADL Regional Director Scott Levin to Speak in Boulder on “Rising Hate in America”

Rude and unsociable speech and hate crimes are on the rise in the United States. What are the root causes? What can be done?

Rose Community Foundation

Judy Altenberg Joins RCF as Director of Gift Planning and Advisor Relations

Rose Community Foundation announced that Judy Altenberg will be joining the Foundation staff as the Director of Gift Planning and Advisor Relations effective June 10, 2019.