'Dr. Feldman’s appointment as interim dean was made based on strong support within the Elliott School, including from the current dean, the Dean’s Council, as well as a number of faculty'
88 groups signed a letter calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to prevent taxpayers money from supporting Middle East studies programs that support academic boycotts of Israel.
“The deliberations around whether the ENMESH conference should or should not be held in Israel were never intended as an academic boycott of any kind, nor should they be perceived as such.”
The higher-education institution said several issues require clarification.
The professors came from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
"As academicians and as people knowledgeable about Israel, we think the best strategy for combatting boycotts is precisely the path Ms. Alqasem has chosen—a genuine education."
If BDS illiberally advocates embargoes and sanctions – even against academics – then the Israeli government should respond by maintaining the moral high ground.
The talk was part of Israeli Apartheid Week, a series of events organized by the university’s student committee of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS campaign.
"The boycotters, whose entire identities revolve around boycotting Israeli Jews, cannot let go of the issue and seek to insert it into unrelated organizations."
The legislation is intended to harm academic boycotts of Israel abroad that are led by professors employed by Israeli universities and colleges.