The Society for Socialist Studies made the following announcement on June 21, 2018:
Motion on academic boycott of Israel passes at Society for Socialist Studies AGM
The Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) joined the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel when it passed a motion supporting the boycott of Israeli academic institutions at its AGM on May 31st.
The motion, which passed unanimously, reads that the Society “endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions” and that the Society “supports the protected rights of students and scholars everywhere to engage in research and public speaking about Palestine and the state of Israel and in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.”
Read more about it here.
The petition is a response by members of the American Studies Association
to the last remaining lawsuit targeting the ASA’s BDS resolution
Among other things, the petition points out that the lawsuit names “further members of the ASA who, we note, are predominantly queer, indigenous/Palestinian, and women of color, despite the fact that those working towards the resolution also included white (and specifically white Jewish) ASA members, and although an overwhelming majority of the ASA membership voted in favor of the resolution.”
Please take the time to review the petition in full and consider signing.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center is engaged in lawfare against members of the American Studies Association, against the association itself, and against the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (http://www.usacbi.org/). This lawfare takes the form of a frivolous and racist lawsuit.
As experts at Palestine Legal have explained: “The Brandeis Center is seeking to fix the failed theory of their original lawsuit against the American Studies Association (ASA) by asking the court for permission to add new theories and new defendants . . .
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has shared this webcast of their discussion with Omar Barghouti about the fallout from Trump’s announcement that the US will move its embassy to Jerusalem:
The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) is calling on faculty and students to defend Bill Mullen, professor of English and American Studies at Purdue University, from “false and malicious attacks” by Purdue’s president, Mitch Daniels. The statement of support for Mullen condemns Daniels for the “misconception . . . that anti-Zionism is antisemitic.”
Please join Faculty for Palestine in signing and sharing this public statement.
TO SIGN: Click the link, scroll to the end of the statement, then add your name, affiliation and email address in the highlighted area.
Join us to hear Steven Salaita discuss academic freedom and the struggle to decolonize the university in relation to his own scholarship on indigenous expression.
When: Tuesday March 24th, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
Download PDF poster | Facebook event
[Download PDF] July 9, 2010
Time for Action: A Response to Israeli Violations of International Law, issued on the 5th Anniversary of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign
A Joint Statement of the BDS working group of Faculty for Palestine (F4P, Toronto) and College and University Workers United (CUWU, Montreal)
The Israeli attack on a humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza on May 31, 2010 confirms once again Israel’s pattern of disregard for international law. This pattern was brutally demonstrated during the assault on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009, which killed over 1400 Palestinians. Other flagrant violations of international law by the Israeli state include: the construction of the Wall, the ongoing occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, the ever-increasing construction of illegal settlements in these occupied territories and the failure, since 1948, to recognize Palestinian refugees’ right of return. Continue reading Time for Action
From: Faculty for Palestine
August 31, 2009
This submission is written to express our strong support for committed work by Members of Parliament against discrimination in all its forms, and our recognition of real concerns that anti-Semitism might be on the rise. However we are deeply concerned that the focus of the CPCCA is defined in such a way as to undermine serious equity work in Canada, while also posing a major threat to freedom of expression. Continue reading Submission to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
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Open Letter to university community regarding Palestinian Rights and Canadian Universities
The last two years have seen increasing efforts to limit advocacy of Palestinian rights on Canadian universities, amounting to a pattern of the suppression of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. These include:
- Statements from 19 university presidents in the summer of 2007 to foreclose debate on the academic boycott of Israel, citing “academic freedom”.
- Visits to Israel by eight university presidents in the summer of 2008, with no equivalent outreach to Palestinian institutions.
- Efforts to ban the use of the term “Israeli Apartheid” at McMaster University in February-March 2008, overturned only through a campaign of protest
- Discipline against students involved in peaceful protests for Palestinian rights at York University in March in 2008
- Attempted discipline against a faculty member who addressed a rally against Israeli Apartheid at York University in 2008
- A pattern of cancellation of room bookings for meetings concerning Palestinian rights at the University of Toronto and York University in 2008
- The use of security clearance requirements and fees to cover security costs to impede campus meetings about Palestinian rights
Continue reading Open Letter: Defend Freedom of Speech