2 Universities Pull Out of ASA Over Israel Boycott, Encourage Others to Follow


Boycotts have consequences. Especially academic boycotts. Boycott someone and you might find that others are boycotting you.

The American Studies Association has chosen to ignore actual censorship and violations of academic freedom in countries like China and Pakistan while ramming through a dishonest racist resolution to boycott Israel. And now entire universities are pulling away from its violation of academic freedom and intellectual integrity.

Two American universities, Brandeis and Penn State Harrisburg, have decided this week to withdraw from the American Studies Association (ASA) in protest of the organization’s decision to join the academic boycott against Israeli universities.

“It is a with deep regret that we in the American Studies Program at Brandeis University have decided to discontinue our institutional affiliation with the American Studies Association,” a message on the university’s American Studies program said.

“We remain committed to the discipline of American Studies but we can no longer support an organization that has rejected two of the core principles of American culture – freedom of association and expression,” the Brandeis statement continued.

Dr. Simon J. Bronner of Penn State Harrisburg also issued a statement, saying that the ASA resolution to boycott Israel “curtails academic freedom and undermines the reputation of American Studies as a scholarly enterprise.”

As a result, the American Studies program at Penn State Harrisburg announced it would drop its institutional membership and will “encourage others to do so.”

Dr. Bronner, the chair of the American Studies program at the Pennsylvania university, is a prominent member of the ASA, and serves as the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of American Studies, an ASA-sponsored publication.

“The withdrawal of institutional membership by our program and others allows us to be independent of the political and ideological resolutions issued by the ASA and concentrate on building American Studies scholarship with our faculty, students, and staff,” Dr. Bronner said in an additional statement to website Legal Insurrection.

The question is will other universities join the boycott of the boycotters and what impact will the splintering of the American Studies Association have?

It may very well leave a hollow ASA core of academic hijackers who have no interest in academic disciplines, only in issuing political statements.

Dr. Bronner has raised the possibility of alternative organizations to the ASA forming out of the rubble.

There might be alternative organizations forming in the future that better represent the field of American Studies. When and if that occurs, we will re-examine our independent position.

And there’s more

Mark Rice, Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, thinks more will follow:

It will be interesting to see what the ASA institutional membership roll looks like at this time next year. It will take about that long to see which institutions may decide to withdraw from the association (and which others, if any, may decide to join).

Indeed, I’ve already heard from folks who say that they plan to drop their institutional membership because of the boycott vote. It’s too soon to say that an exodus has begun, but there is some real discontent out there.

  • Kelly

    My understanding is that the boycotters of Israeli institutions are in fact Jewish. How is that “racist?”

    • yesjb

      Are you truly such a simpleton??

      • Kelly

        The ASA declared in a statement: “The resolution is in solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and it aspires to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians. The ASA’s endorsement of the academic boycott emerges from the context of U.S. military and other support for Israel; Israel’s violation of international law and UN resolutions; the documented impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian scholars and students; the extent to which Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that violate human rights; and finally, the support of such a resolution by a majority of ASA members.”

        And the majority of individual ASA members behind this are Jewish. How is that “racist?”

        • yesjb

          If you believe all that shit, you really are a simpleton!
          You and your Pali buddies accept the calumnious lies of the Pali narrative, never choosing to investigate whether iany of it is true. Jews or non Jews…doesn’t matter
          Did you know that before 1967, there were no institutions of higher learning in arab centres in the west bank. It was only those awful Jews who promoted it. Now there are several all hotbeds of the most virulent genocidal neo-nazi activity.
          But nary a peep out of the likes of you and the ASA-holes you support.
          And the freedom you talk about is the freedom to kill Jews ans commit atrocities and genocide on the part of the Arabs, without repercussions.
          Your ASA (I need an aspirin) is full of left-wing Jew haters and self-hating Jews who would be only too happy to see Israel disappear. It has nothing to do with academics, only hatred, ignorance, will blindness and religious fanaticism all on the part of the so called Palestinians.
          Here’s something you should consider. If there were no Israel, would there be a Palestine? No f’n way. It would be carved up so fast between the surrounding countries all with approval from the Arabs wst of the Jordan River and there would be a war to see who gets what.
          Try taking your head out of your ass!

        • Crazycatkid

          Kelly is not only a simpleton but a racist anti-Semite as are all, all of all backgrounds in the ASA.
          Hate is hate directed outward, like Kelly’s or inward.
          I wish trolls like her would post elsewhere


          Provide proof of your claim that the “majority of individual ASA members behind this are Jewish.”

          From the River to the Sea,
          Pal-e-SWINE Will Never Be!

        • Drakken

          I hear that Rachel Corrie is looking for some company and that the palis are missing out on some white girl tail to rape. If you love and admire those palis so much? Put your money where your leftarded mouth is and go join them and yell and scream at those mean Israeli’s and really show them how it is done. You’ll have to pardon me while I grab a bourbon and watch as reality is funnier than fiction. Remember Darwin always loves you and wants to make sure you get your just deserts.

        • Omar

          What about neo-Communist Russia’s support for Communist China’s illegal and genocidal occupation of Tibet? Tibet was a sovereign country until 1950 when Communist China, with support from the Soviet Union, forcefully invaded and annexed Tibet. Then in 1959, the Chinese Communist military crushed a popular uprising in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa and forced the Dalai Lama to exile in India, where he has been livng ever since. Because Communist China has veto power due to its permanentmember seat at the United Nations Security Council (that seat, by the way, originalluy belonged to Taiwan) it has always used that power to prevent any discussion on Tibet and the plight of the Tibetan people with the use of the so-called “no action” motion. The same people who want to boycott Israel are the same people who want the United States to “lift” the non-existent “embargo” on Communist Cuba. Tbey want the limited sanctions lifted on Castrogonia (a.k.a. Communist Cuba) because the ASA and other likeminded organizations are Communists and Islamists who want democracy and the West to lose to the evil totalitarian forces in the world. If the Bolshevik Revolution had failed in Russia, there would not only be no so-called “Palestinian” nation, but the world would be in a much better place, since Communists and Islamists would not be running it.


      Nobody respects an Uncle Tom.

      Socialism has once again joined with fascist elements in the world – hence the Red/Green Axis of Evil.

      Teachers who respect the truth should resign from the socialist, fascist ASA.

  • herb benty

    Sanity in academia at last!


    All the ASA has proven is that educators can be fascists too – just as their national socialist fellow educators supported the national socialist regimes of WW2.


    Let’s see what other universities join in the boycott of the fascist ASA.

    Columbia? Harvard? Yale? UC Berkeley?

    That would be a good test.

  • Ben Silverstein

    I read a story about a young Christian West Bank Palestinian who received a scholarship to George Mason university, yet couldn’t go because Israel refused to grant him an exit permit.

    Israel not only has the power to kill thousands of children as it has, but also denies them the right to leave their own land to get an education. This is extremely troubling and scary.