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How should we understand the international debate about the future of Israel and the Palestinians? Can justice be achieved in the Middle East? Until now, there was no single place for people to go to find detailed scholarly essays analyzing proposals to boycott Israel and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement of which they are a part. This book for the first time provides the historical background necessary for informed evaluation of one of the most controversial issues of our day— the struggle between two peoples living side-by-side but with conflicting views of history and conflicting national ambitions. This book encourages empathy for all parties, but it also takes a cold look at what solutions are realistic and possible. In doing so, it tackles issues, like the role of anti-Semitism in calls for the abolition of the Jewish state, that many have found impossible to confront until now. The book gathers essays by an international cohort of scholars from Britain, Israel, and the United States.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Preface
  2. Paul Berman
  3. pp. 4-11
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  1. Introduction
  2. Cary Nelson
  3. pp. 12-29
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  1. PART I: Opposing Boycotts As a Matter of Principle
  2. pp. 30-30
  1. On Academic Boycotts
  2. American Association of University Professors
  3. pp. 31-38
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  1. Against Academic Boycotts
  2. Martha Nussbaum
  3. pp. 39-48
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  1. Scholars Against Scholarship: The Boycott as an Infringement of Academic Culture
  2. Russell A. Berman
  3. pp. 49-59
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  1. The Fragility of Academic Freedom
  2. Cary Nelson
  3. pp. 60-74
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  1. Anti-Semitic in Intent if Not in Effect: Questions of Bigotry, Dishonesty, and Shame
  2. Gabriel Noah Brahm and Asaf Romirowsky
  3. pp. 75-84
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  1. When a Boycott Is Not Moral Action but Social Conformity and the “Affectation of Love”
  2. Emily Budick
  3. pp. 85-103
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  1. PART II: The American Studies Association
  2. pp. 104-104
  1. The Closing of the American Studies Association’s Mind
  2. Sharon Ann Musher
  3. pp. 105-118
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  1. The American Studies Association Boycott Resolution, Academic Freedom, and the Myth of the Institutional Boycott
  2. David Hirsh
  3. pp. 119-127
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  1. Boycott Bubkes: The Murky Logic of the ASA’s Resolution Against Israel
  2. Michael Bérubé
  3. pp. 128-133
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  1. The Boycott Debate at Smith
  2. Donna Robinson Divine
  3. pp. 134-139
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  1. PART III: The Bds Movement, The Left, and American Culture
  2. pp. 140-140
  1. Islamism, BDS, and the West
  2. Sabah A. Salih
  3. pp. 141-155
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  1. Anti-Semitism and the Left That Doesn’t Learn
  2. Mitchell Cohen
  3. pp. 156-163
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  1. The Problem with Judith Butler: The Political Philosophy of BDS and the Movement to Delegitimate Israel
  2. Cary Nelson
  3. pp. 164-201
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  1. “When you want to do something, join us!”: The Limits of the Social Justice Mandate in American Higher Education
  2. pp. 202-217
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  1. Interrogating the Academic Boycotters of Israel on American Campuses
  2. Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
  3. pp. 218-234
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  1. “When Failure Succeeds”: Divestment as Delegitimation
  2. Samuel M. Edelman and Carol F. S. Edelman
  3. pp. 235-242
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  1. Is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement Anti-Semitic?
  2. Kenneth L. Marcus
  3. pp. 243-258
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  1. Intellectual Incitement: The Anti-Zionist Ideology and the Anti-Zionist Subject
  2. Alan Johnson
  3. pp. 259-281
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  1. Imaginary Jews
  2. David Caplan
  3. pp. 282-292
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  1. Fatal Attraction: The Shared Antichrist of the Global Progressive Left and Jihad
  2. Richard Landes
  3. pp. 293-310
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  1. PART IV: The Israeli Context
  2. pp. 311-311
  1. The Campaign to Boycott Israeli Universities: Historical and Ideological Sources
  2. Ilan Troen
  3. pp. 312-326
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  1. No Place Like Home: Arab-Israelis, Contemporary Fiction, and an Arab-Hebrew Identity
  2. Rachel S. Harris
  3. pp. 327-352
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  1. Teaching in Transnational Israel: An Ethics of Difference
  2. Shira Wolosky
  3. pp. 353-364
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  1. The Bi-nationalist Fantasy within Academia
  2. Rachel Fish
  3. pp. 365-374
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  1. The Israeli-Palestinian Relationship in Higher Education: Evidence from the Field
  2. Ilan Troen
  3. pp. 375-383
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  1. PART V: A Concise History of Israel
  2. pp. 384-384
  1. The History of Israel
  2. Cary Nelson, Rachel S. Harris, and Kenneth W. Stein
  3. pp. 385-440
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  1. PART VI: A Boycott Dossier
  2. pp. 441-441
  1. Boycott Resolutions by Academic Associations
  2. pp. 442-453
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  1. Politics and the Modern Language Association: Reflections Before and After the MLA Vote
  2. Michael C. Kotzin
  3. pp. 454-460
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  1. MLA Vote: Will Bias Beat Scholarship?
  2. Jeff Robbins
  3. pp. 461-464
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  1. Speaking in Opposition
  2. Robert Fine
  3. pp. 465-470
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  1. Online Resources
  2. pp. 471-475
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 476-533
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 534-537
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 538-550
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780990331612
Related ISBN
9780990331605
MARC Record
OCLC
908671889
Pages
552
Launched on MUSE
2015-05-09
Language
English
Open Access
No
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