Month: October 2016
It is common knowledge in the international affairs that Palestine, especially Gaza Strip and Israel fight against each other regularly and the news reporting them has become like scheduled services recently. In 2014, “Gaza War,” which caused the record numbers of dead and injured, broke out and killed more than 2,000 Palestinians and 70 Israelis. Israel often insists that we should learn from history with mentioning holocaust by Nazis and pogrom by imperial Russia; however, Israel itself repeats its tragic history against Palestinians without end. Why is a chain of cursed history duplicated in such a short term?
The direct prompt of war was an incident that three Israeli hitchhikers was abducted and killed in West Bank in June 2014. Israeli government concluded it to be the organised crime of Hamas and started to search for three Israeli students, who were still treated as missing at that time, on a…
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100 Days of Silence: Why the Academic Boycott Is Still the Best Way for Anthropologists to Support Justice in Palestine
One hundred days ago, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) censured Israel for its systematic human rights abuses and violations of academic freedom. The lack of any discernible impact since then shows why a boycott of Israeli academic institutions remains the best way for the Association to concretely support justice in Palestine/Israel.
The Association censured Israel after failing to pass a boycott resolution by the narrowest of margins — 39 votes, or less than 1% of ballots cast. The statement of censure did not affect any policies, attract any media attention, or occasion any public discussion within Israel whatsoever. Letters of protest sent from the AAA to the Israeli and US governments failed to elicit substantive replies.
The indifference that greeted the statement of censure contrasts sharply with the enormous anxiety among Israeli elites generated by the mere prospect of an academic boycott, as reflected in high-profilemedia coverage of the vote…
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