Yesterday, we linked to a piece by Eric Owens in which he reported that the Daily Caller was being blocked from covering the MLA convention.

Now, he is reporting that the Jewish News Service is also being blocked.

Now Modern Language Association bans Jewish wire service from anti-Israel rant session

It turns out that The Daily Caller isn’t the only news organization banned from the convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA), a four-day hothouse of leftism that will feature a session on a controversial academic boycott of Israel.

The MLA is also banning at least one large international Jewish new agency: Jewish News Service (, a nonprofit that serves Jewish community newspapers and other media outlets around the world.

Mark Aurigemma, a communications consultant for the MLA, relayed the information to The Daily Caller.

Aurigemma provided no reason to TheDC. To, he claimed that the international news agency does not meet the MLA’s media accreditation standards.

“ was surprised by MLA’s denial of our application for a press credential to cover its annual convention,” Jacob Kamaras, editor in chief of, told TheDC. “As a news outlet that does substantively cover academic issues — as a basic search of our website, which MLA said it performed, would indicate — we feel MLA’s claim that we do not meet their standards for media accreditation is unfounded.”

Kamaras added that, obviously, has an interest in reporting to its target audience of Jewish people about a hostile bunch of American professors who want to boycott a country full of Jewish people.

“Given our ongoing news coverage of academic boycotts of Israel, and the presence of an MLA convention session titled ‘Academic Boycotts: A Conversation about Israel and Palestine,’ we feel that MLA’s denial of our press credential serves to stifle coverage that would have been a valuable contribution to the public discourse on the convention,” he said.