At the MLA, Differing Views at Separate Sessions on Academic Boycotts

Two sessions on academic boycotts and the Israel-Palestine question, one official and one organized outside the conference, drew relatively small but passionate crowds on Thursday as the Modern Language Association's annual meeting opened here.

The panels helped set the stage for a vote on Saturday by the MLA Delegate Assembly, which will consider a resolution that calls on the U.S. State Department "to contest Israel's arbitrary denials of entry to Gaza and the West Bank by U.S.