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Academic boycott of Israel creates snowball effect

Israeli academics fear that the recent decision by the American Studies Association to join the boycott against Israel is another step in a trend that cannot be stopped.
Demonstrators shout slogans as a man shows a banner which reads "boycott Israel" during an anti-Israel protest in front of Chamber of Commerce Israel-Catalunya in Barcelona May 31, 2010. Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and plans for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR2ELSN
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The American Studies Association (ASA), numbering about 5,000 academics, decided Dec. 15 by a majority vote to participate in the academic boycott on Israel, joining academic bodies in Europe — particularly in England — that have refrained from cooperative academic ventures with Israel for years. It seems that the prevailing Israeli argument that Europe is more inclined to come under the influence of Palestinian propaganda is no longer relevant. 

Professor Rivka Carmi, president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, said in an interview with Al-Monitor that the Modern Language Association is expected to discuss academic boycotts of Israel in January in Chicago. The association numbers 30,000 members. 

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