Backlash Against Israel Boycott Puts American Studies Assn. on Defensive

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A demonstrator carries a sign supporting a boycott of Israel during a 2010 protest in Melbourne, Australia. The international campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions has been controversial in the United States, and rebukes swiftly followed the American Studies Association's vote in favor of a boycott resolution.

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A demonstrator carries a sign supporting a boycott of Israel during a 2010 protest in Melbourne, Australia. The international campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions has been controversial in the United States, and rebukes swiftly followed the American Studies Association's vote in favor of a boycott resolution.

With its recent vote to boycott Israel's higher-education institutions to protest that nation's treatment of Palestinians, the American Studies Association has itself become the target of widespread criticism and ostracism. It has gone from relative obscurity to prominence as a pariah of the American higher-education establishment, its experience serving as a cautionary tale for other scholarly groups that might