In light of Israel's siege on Gaza, in accord with Palestinian civil society's call for a boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, and in following with the legacy of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, a formal U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel has been launched. It calls for five measures:
(1) Refraining from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Israeli institutions that do not vocally oppose Israeli state policies against Palestine;
(2) Advocating a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions at the national and international levels, including suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to these institutions;
(3) Promoting divestment and disinvestment from Israel by international academic institutions;
(4) Working toward the condemnation of Israeli policies by pressing for resolutions to be adopted by academic, professional and cultural associations and organizations;
(5) Supporting Palestinian academic and cultural institutions directly without requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as an explicit or implicit condition for such support.
Currently the campaign has 154 endorsers, myself included. If you are involved in academia, I urge you to endorse the call. Even if you are not, please share this important initiative with others.