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      Archive: 12/17/2013

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        12/17/2013, Tevet 14, 5774

      Backlash Continues Against ASA Academic Boycott

      Jewish and pro-Israel groups continue to fire back at the American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli academia, following similar backlash from Israeli institutions Monday. The ASA specifically linked the boycott to the wider BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement, which has been linked with violent anti-Israel activity.

      ADL Director Abraham Foxman denounced the move in the strongest terms. "This shameful, morally bankrupt and intellectually dishonest attack on academic freedom by the American Studies Association should be soundly condemned by all who are committed to the ideal that open exchange of ideas is the most effective way to achieve change," Foxman stated.