Some resources for the struggle against the campaign to boycott Israeli Universities

The Academic Engagement Network (AEN) has published David Hirsh’s keynote presentation at its first national conference, as a pamphlet:  The pamphlet is available as a pdf on the AEN website.

AEN has also published a podcast of a conversation between its Executive Director Ken Waltzer, and David Hirsh: To listen to the podcast,  “Making Democracy Sexy: David Hirsh on Combating BDS and Antisemitism by Rediscovering Democracy”, follow this link. 

 The American Studies Association boycott resolution, academic freedom and the myth of the institutional boycott – David Hirsh :   published in Inside Higher Ed is available here.

David Hirsh: Why BDS is antisemitic

David Hirsh in debate with Ilan Pappé.

Hirsh, David. 2012. Portia, Shylock and the exclusion of Israeli actors from the global cultural community.

David Hirsh discussion with Claire Potter about support for the campaign to boycott Israel:

For David Hirsh’s open email to Claire Potter, follow this link. 

For Claire Potter’s response, follow this link.

For David Hirsh’s response, follow this link. 

Archived debate – Martin Shaw, David Hirsh, Norman Geras – is the proposal to boycott Israeli academics antisemitic?

The Myth of the Institutional Boycott – Jon Pike: The claim that BDS is a boycott campaign which is not directed at Israeli individuals is doing the rounds again. The article is from February 2006 and questions this claim with regard to the academic boycott.

Is an academic boycott of Israel justified? – Michael Yudkin – Engage Journal Special Issue – April 2007  The principle of the Universality of Science and Learning – that academics do not discriminate against colleagues on the basis of factors that are irrelevant to their academic work (such as race, religion, nationality etc.) – is well established and almost universally respected. To boycott academics by reason of their country of residence breaches this principle and harms the interests of the academics concerned. Two kinds of argument speak in favour of maintaining the principle of the Universality of Science and Learning: 1) that undesirable consequences would flow from violating it, and 2) that to harm people who are innocent of wrongdoing is morally unacceptable. Those who wish to boycott Israeli academics attempt to defeat the second type of argument by claiming that these academics are complicit in discrimination against the Arab minority in Israel or the occupation of the West Bank, and/or that Israeli universities suppress dissenting voices. Analysis of these claims shows that they are without serious substance.

Cure worse than the disease: academic boycott of Israel in the light of the academic boycott of South Africa – Mira Vogel – Engage Journal Issue 4 – February 2007

Israelis are not Nazis – David Hirsh – 15 November 2008

Israelis are not Nazis – Mira Vogel – 13 November 2008

Esprit d’escalier: reminiscences of a silent observer of the UCU conference – Robert Fine 30 May 2008

Antisemitism, Boycotts and Freedom of Speech – Robert Fine – 16 May 2007

Israeli Universities, Israel-Palestinian Peace and Real Solidarity – Paul Frosh, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Added by David Hirsh – 3 November 2006

The argument for the boycott – Pacbi – David Hirsh – 9 September 2006

“I would hate myself in the morning” – Steve Cohen – May 29 2006

Why I am against the boycott, by John Strawson – 18 May 2005

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