Boycott of Israel is anti-Semitic


The American Studies Association (ASA) voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions purportedly over concerns about the impact of Israel’s policies on Palestinian scholars.

Israel distinguishes itself as the only country in the region to afford rights to women, gays and Palestinians (who are denied citizenship in surrounding Arab countries). Muslim refugees from Africa go thousands of miles to Israel for the civil treatment they receive only there. Israel should be far down on the list of countries to boycott, which undoubtedly would include China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

But with Israel the only country ever to be on ASA’s boycott list, one can only conclude that it is because of anti-Semitism. Earlier tragic events in Bosnia, Darfur and Rwanda somehow escaped the ASA’s attention. Singling out Israel, while ignoring horrors around the globe, is despicable.

Jay Halpern, Coral Gables

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