The boycott’s agenda is to make Israel a pariah state. There has been much debate on whether the blatant double standard of such ostracism is rooted in anti-Jewish bias. The bias here is anti-Western: the Israel-hating left sees Israel as an outpost of Western and American imperialism oppressing a Third World people. However, anti-Israel animus often does overlap with anti-Semitism, as the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights recently noted.
American Studies and Israel. By Elizabeth Redden. Inside Higher Ed, November 25, 2013.
The Association for Anti-Israel Studies? By Jonathan Marks. Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, November 20, 2013.
Anti-American Studies. By Alan Wolfe. The New Republic, February 10, 2003. Also here.
On Recovering the “Ur” Theory of American Studies. By Leo Marx. American Literary History, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring 2005).
The taboo on boycotting Israel has been broken. By David Lloyd. The Electronic Intifada, November 26, 2013.
“What happened there was historic”: A report from the American Studies Association boycott debate. By Lena Ibrahim. Mondoweiss, November 27, 2013.
Even in Academia, Boycotting Israel Is a Hard Sell. By Jonathan Marks. Commentary, December 1, 2013.
What Does the American Studies Association’s Israel Boycott Mean for Academic Freedom? By Michelle Goldberg. The Nation, December 6, 2013.
Academic Freedom and the ASA’s Boycott of Israel: A Response to Michelle Goldberg. By Judith Butler. The Nation, December 8, 2013.
Israel/Palestine and the paradoxes of academic freedom. By Judith Butler. Radical Philosophy, No. 135 (January/February 2006). Also here, here.
Do Palestinian-Americans get to register an opinion on academic boycott. By Philip Weiss. Mondoweiss, December 14, 2013.
The Israeli patriot’s final refuge: boycott. By Gideon Levy. Haaretz, July 14, 2013. Also here.