The Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly have both made powerful decisions advancing solidarity with Palestinian rights under international law within faith communities in the U.S.
In this op-ed first published in The Salon, BDS National Committee member Omar Barghouti argues that trying to silence BDS supporters, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has done, will not break their solidarity
The Israeli government and its lobby groups around the world have responded to the 2005 Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), including the academic and cultural boycott, with well-oiled propaganda, across-the-board bullying and intense repression. In the west, nothing short of a new wave of McCarthyism is setting in, except this time around the required blind loyalty is to apartheid Israel.
The Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Executive Committee strongly condemns the continuing attacks on Palestinian universities, colleges, and schools by the Israeli government, including most recently the June 2014 invasion of Birzeit University, and the August 2014 decimation of the Islamic University in Gaza City.
USPCN demands the immediate reinstatement of Palestinian American professor Dr. Steven Salaita, and calls on all its members, and people of conscience across the country and world, to again resist the violations of academic freedom that have become commonplace in the U.S.
The following letter calling on scholars and librarians within Middle East studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions was submitted in the name of the below signatories to Jadaliyya on 6 August 2014.