Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference April 2013
Resolution Proposed: Support Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
The Association for Asian American Studies is an organization dedicated to the preservation and support of academic freedom and of the right to education for students and scholars in the U.S. and globally. This year’s conference theme, “The Afterlife of Empire,” demonstrates AAAS commitment to a critique of U.S. empire.We urge the General Membership to vote for the resolution in support of the boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. The call to boycott Israeli universities is in protest of the illegal occupation of Palestine, the infringements of the right to education of Palestinian students, and the academic freedom of Palestinian scholars and students in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel. This resolution links AAAS to a world-wide movement behind the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
AAAS participation in this boycott is an act of solidarity with Arab (West Asian) and Muslim American communities, students, and scholars who have been subjected to profiling, surveillance, and civil rights violations that have circumscribed their freedom of political expression, particularly in relation to the issue of human rights in Palestine-Israel.Israeli academic institutions are deeply complicit in Israel's violations of international law and human rights and in its denial of the right to education and academic freedom to Palestinians, in addition to their basic rights as guaranteed by international law. As an organization that supports research and open discussion about these issues without censorship, intimidation, or harassment, and seeks to promote academic exchange, collaboration and opportunities for students and scholars everywhere, AAAS must join in the global movement to protest the rights of students and scholars everywhere to engage in research and public speaking about Israel-Palestine.
We urge the general membership to attend the general meeting on Saturday, April 20th, 4:30 p.m. St. Helens, Westin Hotel.
Vote to pass this resolution!
Leslie Bow,Lucy Burns, Keith Camacho, Mark Chiang, David Eng, Candace Fujikane,Anna Guevarra, Sora Han, Helen Jun, LauraKang, Jodi Kim, Richard Kim, Kevin Kumashiro,James Lee, Karen Leong, Lisa Lowe, Anita Mannur,Glen Mimura, Susette Min, Gary Okihiro, JunaidRana, Eric Reyes, Robyn Rodriguez, Cathy Schlund-Vials, Malini Johar Schueller, Sarita See, Nikhil PalSingh, Rajini Srikanth, Dorothy Wang
Other academics and/or Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies scholars who have endorsed/and or are involved in the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel(USACBI); this list is avery small subset, as there are 800 endorsers: Sarika Chandra, Shefali Chandra, Iyko Day, Vicente M.Diaz, Diane Fujino, J. Noelani Goodyear-Ka’opua, Inderpal Grewal, Christine Hong, Adria Imada, JaneIwamura, J. K ē, haulani Kauanui, Elaine Kim, Sunaina Maira, Yong Soon Min, Chandra Talpade Mohanty,Rupal Oza, Vijay Prashad, Jasbir Puar, R. Radhakrishnan, Chandan Reddy, Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, SetsuShigematsu, Noenoe Silva, Neferti Tadiar.
Rahim Kurwa wrote this piece encouraging AAAS members to vote for the resolution:
a grad student,
a member of students for justice in palestine,
a south asian american