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JCRC Condemns ASA Israel Boycott Resolution

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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 is the Communications Manager for JEWISHcolorado. JEWISHcolorado is the umbrella community organization focused on stewarding and strengthening the Jewish community in Colorado, Israel and around the world. Since 1946, the organization has provided programs and services that embrace all Jews at every age and stage in life. In matters of daily living and in times of crisis, we act with compassion, competence and resourcefulness to impact the safety and well-being of Jews everywhere. Generous donor support paired with sound resource management allows our commitment to Jews at every age and stage in life to continually grow stronger, in Colorado and our nation, in Israel and throughout the world. For more information, visit www.JEWISHcolorado.org.

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