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Saturday, January 04, 2014 

Attempted university boycott of Israel fails

The National Post wrote about the boycott the American Studies Association tried - and failed - to lead against Israel, and they note that:
Knocking Israel is nothing new in academia, of course. On certain campuses, moaning on about Zionist racism, imperialism, colonialism, hegemony, settlerism etc. is, for many students, a more enthusiastically pursued activity than getting an actual degree.
This makes me wonder what the real success rate is for students at universities today. Are they really studying in whatever fields they supposedly learn? If this is all they care about, then they don't even qualify for real careers.
The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, of which this latest boycott attempt is offspring, has been around since 2005. Its popularity with the hard left coincides with the rise of Israeli Apartheid Week activities on North American campuses. But something has happened in recent years: I notice that the response to the latest urging from the claque of self-styled anti-Zionists is not being received with nearly the same respect as previous iterations. The ASA has been taking withering fire from all quarters. Over 100 American universities already have come forward to say that they want nothing to do with any such boycott.
I certainly hope it's losing support. The colleges are supposed to be teaching subjects, not encouraging political activity. The ASA should apologize for their vulgar behavior and not engage in such repellent shows ever again.

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