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Jews of Conscience Salute the ASA for Boycotting Apartheid Israel

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The American Studies Association (ASA) voted overwhelmingly in December to boycott Israeli academic institutions for their complicity in Israel's violation of Palestinian rights. 

The ASA vote is widely recognized as a turning point in growing international support of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). 

In response to ongoing baseless charges of “anti-Semitism,” Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, a network founded in January 2013 to emphasize the inalienable rights of millions of Palestinian refugees, has issued the following statement endorsing ASA’s stand and inviting others to do the same. 


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Jews For Palestinian Right of Return Endorse American Studies Association's Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions 

February 13, 2014

We salute the American Studies Association’s courageous endorsement of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli academic institutions, which are leading accomplices in more than six decades of ethnic cleansing, colonization, war crimes, and apartheid.

As Jews, we refuse to remain silent as a so-called “Jewish state,” armed by the U.S. and its allies, commits these injustices with impunity in our name.

Contrary to baseless charges of “anti-Semitism,” BDS resembles the boycotts that "singled out" similarly racist regimes in Jim Crow United States and apartheid South Africa.

Applying the same standards to apartheid Israel, BDS demands nothing more -- nor less -- than freedom and justice throughout all of historic Palestine, by calling for:

• An end to Israeli military occupation of the 1967 territories

• Full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel

• Right of return for Palestinian refugees, as affirmed by UN resolution 194

We call on Jews of conscience everywhere to honor our own proud heritage of resistance to oppression and injustice by standing with the Palestinian people, BDS, the ASA, and the growing international movement in support of these fundamental human rights. 

Initial Signers
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Avigail Abarbanel, psychotherapist, activist, writer; Inverness, Scotland

Gabriel Ash, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-Switzerland

Prof. Jonathan Beller, Humanities and Media Studies; Director, Graduate Program in Media Studies, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Prof. Steve Brier, historian, New York

Eitan Bronstein Aparicio, Tel Aviv

Nora Barrows-Friedman, journalist; Oakland

Max Blumenthal, journalist and author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Daniel Boyarin, Professor of Talmudic Culture, UC Berkeley

Lenni Brenner, author of Zionism In The Age Of The Dictators

Estee Chandler, Community Organizer, Los Angeles

Mike Cushman, Convener, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (UK)

Eron Davidson, award-winning filmmaker, Roadmap to Apartheid, USA

Warren Davis, labor and political activist, Philadelphia, PA

Hedy Epstein, Nazi Holocaust survivor and human rights activist; St. Louis, MO

Samuel Farber, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Brooklyn College, CUNY

Malkah Feldman, Cambridge, MA

Joel Finkel, Jewish Voices for Peace-Chicago

Prof. Cynthia Franklin, Co-Editor, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, University of Hawai'i

Lee Gargaliano, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-US

Dr. Terri Ginsberg, film and media scholar, New York

Sherna Berger Gluck, emerita faculty, California State University, Long Beach; founding member, US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel; Israel Divestment Campaign

Tsilli Goldenberg, Jerusalem

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence, Berkeley

Hector Grad, Prof. of Social Anthropology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Ira Grupper, former National Co-Chair, New Jewish Agenda (1989-1993)

Jeff Halper, Director, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

Stanley Heller, Host, "The Struggle" Video News, TSVN

Shir Hever, Jewish Voice for Just Peace, Germany

Tikva Honig-Parnass, former member of the Zionist armed forces (1948); author of False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine

Adam Horowitz, Co-Editor, Mondoweiss,

Selma James, Global Women’s Strike; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-UK

Jake Javanshir, Independent Jewish Voices, Toronto

Yael Kahn, London, UK

Emily Katz Kishawi, Jewish Anti Zionist Network, San Francisco

Sara Kershnar, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-International

David Klein, Organizing Committee, US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Toby Kramer, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-US

David Letwin, activist and teacher, Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition

Michael Letwin, Former president, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325; Organizing Committee, US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel; Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition

Dr. Les Levidow, Open University, UK

Brooke Lober, PhD candidate, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona

Antony Loewenstein, Australian journalist and author

Jennifer Loewenstein, Faculty Associate, Middle East Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Samantha Liapes, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Barbara Lubin, Executive Director, Middle East Children's Alliance; Oakland, CA

Prof. David Makofsky, Research Anthropologist, People’s Republic of China

Mike Marqusee, author of If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew

Thomas Mayer, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder

Linda Milazzo, writer, activist, educator, Los Angeles

Dr. Judith Norman

Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART)

Prof. Bertell Ollman, Dept. of Politics, New York University

Prof. Ilan Pappé, Israeli historian and socialist activist

Miko Peled, writer, activist, author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Sakharov Prize laureate, Jerusalem

Karen Pomer, granddaughter of Henri B. van Leeuwen, Dutch anti-Zionist leader and Bergen-Belsen survivor

Roland Rance, Jews Against Zionism, London

Stewart Robinson

Michael Ratner, President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights (for ID purposes only); New York

Ruben Rosenberg Colorni, Journalist, The News Junkie Post, Activist - Youth for Palestine; The Hague

Lillian Rosengarten, activist for Palestinian liberation and a bi-national Israel/Palestinian State; New York

Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead, London School of Economics

Ilana Rossoff, community organizer; New Jersey

Cheryl Rubenberg, retired associate professor of Middle East politics at Florida International University (Miami)

Josh Ruebner, author of Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Margot Salom, Just Peace for Palestine; Brisbane

Sylvia Schwarz, St. Paul, MN

Yom Shamash, Independent Jewish Voices; Vancouver

Tali Shapiro, Boycott from Within; Israel

Sid Shniad, Independent Jewish Voices; Vancouver

Kobi Snitz, Tel Aviv

Jonatan Stanczak, Managing Director, The Freedom Theatre

Marsha Steinberg, BDS-LA for Justice in Palestine

Prof. Miriam Swenson, educational psychology

Steve Terry, criminal defense attorney; Brooklyn, NY

Sam Weinstein, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-Labor

Abraham Weizfeld, Administrative Secretary, Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians

Marcy Winograd, former congressional candidate, Los Angeles

Bekah Wolf, UC Hastings College of Law Student; Co-founder, Palestine Solidarity Project

Sherry Wolf, Associate Editor, International Socialist Review

Dr. Roger van Zwanenberg, Non-Executive Director, Pluto Books Ltd.; London


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