Another “academic” group joins the BDS movement.

From Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed:

More Backing for Israel Boycott

The Critical Ethnic Studies Association has endorsed a boycott of Israel — including Israeli universities.

While some academics favoring a boycott of Israel have taken care to say that there is blame for all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the resolution adopted by the ethnic studies group repeatedly criticizes Israel and Israeli universities and does not have a negative word to say about Palestinian organizations. The resolution says that “Israel engages in ongoing practices of dispossession, population transfer, illegal settlement, and political incarceration, in the context of continuing settler-colonialism occupation and the blockade of Gaza” and that Israel “engages in systematic discrimination against both its Palestinian citizens and against migrant workers and refugees of color.”

The resolution also says that “Israeli institutions of higher education have not condemned or taken measures to oppose the occupation and racial discrimination against Palestinians in Israel, but have, rather, been directly and indirectly complicit in the systematic maintenance of the occupation and of policies and practices that discriminate against Palestinian students and scholars throughout Palestine and in Israel.”

The conclusion of the resolution states that the “Critical Ethnic Studies Association highlights how systematized oppression provokes a multitude of practices that resist these systems, and recognizes the Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions as such a practice of solidarity and resistance,” and adds that as a result the association “endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.”