Haifa University to test parameters of ASA boycott

Haifa University will test the limits of the American Studies Association or ASA’s boycott of Israeli institutions when it sends a professor appointed by the university’s rector to the organisation’s conference in an official capacity, writes Rebecca Shimoni Stoil for The Times of Israel.

In an announcement posted on the university’s English-language website, officials wrote: “We expect that there will be no interference in our representative’s full participation in the ASA conference.” The ASA was among the first major academic organisations in the United States to adopt a resolution supporting a boycott of Israeli academia, which it approved in late 2013 at its previous annual conference.

This year’s conference, which will be held in Los Angeles in early November, will be the first high profile test of the resolution. Earlier this month, the ASA claimed that its boycott of Israel is not discriminatory and does not include sanctions against individual Israeli academics.
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