Scholarly body approves Israeli universities boycott

The general membership of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) has unanimously approved a resolution endorsing a boycott of Israeli universities, making it the first scholarly organisation in America to do so, according to the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, writes Elizabeth Redden for Inside Higher Ed.

About 10% of the association’s membership was present for last week’s secret ballot vote, which was open to all members and took place on the final day of the AAAS annual conference in Seattle.

The resolution raises a number of concerns about the impact of Israeli policies on Palestinian students and scholars and describes Israeli academic institutions as “deeply complicit in Israel's violations of international law and human rights and in its denial of the right to education and academic freedom to Palestinians, in addition to their basic rights as guaranteed by international law."
Full report on the Inside Higher Ed site