Daniel Boyarin’s Statement of Support for an MLA Academic Boycott Resolution

Daniel Boyarin in his office at U.C. Berkeley photos/cathleen maclearie. Source: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/74113/daniel-boyarin-the-talmudist-feminist-anti-zionist-only-in-berkeley-orthodo/

Daniel Boyarin, a citizen of the USA and Israel, is the Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, UC Berkeley, a position he has held since 1990. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has held Guggenheim, NEH, and Ford Foundation Fellowships. He is currently in Germany as the holder of an Alexander von Humboldt Forschungs Preis.

I am on record, even on Israeli television, as a supporter of BDS and of a limited academic boycott as well. By limited boycott I mean that I do not countenance boycotts of individuals (Let he who is sinless cast the first stone) but of institutions and institutional cooperation. Israeli academic institutions are deeply complicit with occupation and Israeli discrimination against Palestinians, and, as such fit objects for boycott. Israeli Apartheid is now quite similar structurally to its South African models and similar tactics and ethical, political justifications for boycott are fully in order. I support completely the MLA boycott resolution.