Threat of Legal Action Against MLA

In this article recently published online by Mondoweiss, David Lloyd exposes the cynical screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-10-43-47-pmpolitics of the Brandeis Center, which “has sent a letter to the Modern Language Association threatening a lawsuit if the Association passes the resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.” Lloyd explains that threats of legal action against professional associations by supporters of Israel is a crass form of coercion that aims at intimidating academics and undermines the democratic processes of the associations. He also notes that these threats indicate the growing importance of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which has emerged as a crucial force within progressive politics in the current context. Lloyd concludes that “a [boycott] resolution that seeks to hold Israel accountable for its violations of Palestinian rights is all the more critical as Trump appoints openly Islamophobic, racist extremists to major positions in government.”

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