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Inside the Israel Boycott Decision of the Association for Asian American Studies
Editorial Note
The recent movement for academic boycott of Israel has thrown some interesting light on the inside working of the process.  While much has been written about the American Studies Association (ASA), there was little discussion of the boycott resolution of the Association for Asian American Studies.  
Customarily, the boycott initiative has been pushed by activists members of the organization PACBI, normally, an alliance of Arab and radical left faculty.   The identity of the key players in the case of the American Association of Asian Studies is quite surprising, activists such as Christine Hong (UC Santa Cruz) and Elaine Kim (UC Berkeley) are veteran supporters of the North Korean regime and part of a small circle of academics who push for lifting sanctions on Pyongyang - imposed by Washington because of its nuclear program and atrocious human rights record. 

Prof. Hong, in particular, wrote an essay in which she ridicules the notion that North Korea oppresses its citizens and slanders those who support human rights for North Korea as criminals, warmongers and racists. Such are the kinds of academics who support a boycott of Israel.

The presence of activists such as Hong and Kim in the forefront of the boycott movement against the Israeli academy gives new meaning to double standards.


Proposal to the Association for Asian American Studies to Support a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Published by Rahim Kurwa
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.
Published by: Rahim Kurwa on Apr 20, 2013

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! Signatories: Leslie Bow,  Lucy Burns, Keith Camacho,  Mark Chiang, David Eng,  Candace Fujikane,  Anna Guevarra, Sora Han, Helen Jun, Laura Kang, Jodi Kim, Richard Kim, Kevin Kumashiro, James Lee, Karen Leong, Lisa Lowe, Anita Mannur, Glen Mimura, Susette Min,  Gary Okihiro, Junaid Rana, Eric Reyes,  Robyn Rodriguez, Cathy SchlundVials, Malini Johar Schueller, Sarita See, Nikhil Pal Singh, 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 a very 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, Jane Iwamura, J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Elaine Kim, Sunaina Maira, Yong Soon Min, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Rupal Oza, Vijay Prashad, Jasbir Puar, R. Radhakrishnan, Chandan Reddy, Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, Setsu Shigematsu, Noenoe Silva, Neferti Tadiar




“Never in the mainstream US media do you hear that North Korea has asked the United States for a peace treaty more than 100 times.”

Excerpted from a talk by Christine Hong

WAMM Newsletter  May 2013  WomenAgainst Military Madness.org

The US uses South Korea in playing dangerous war games aimed at China. What is the connection to the food crisis the people of North Korea experience and their leader’s nuclear threats against the West?North Korea has always served as a “devil function,” an enormously useful enemy for the United States. The Korean War, coming as it did on the heels of World War II, sparked an economic boom domestically and legitimated the unprecedented worldwide garrisoning of large numbers of American troops in a network of bases around the world. In essence, it furnished the occasion for a remilitarized remapping of the globe that in turn enabled the reconstruction of the world market under American auspices.
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South Koreans on JeJu Island respond with creative resistance to the construction of a U.S. naval base, part of the “Pivot” to the Asia Pacific.
Art by Woomi and Bomal.

It began in 1945 when the occupation line was drawn at the 38th parallel. Two junior US Army officers, Charles Bonasteel and Dean Rusk, armed with nothing more than a National Geographic map, split Korea in two within half an hour. This separated one in three families and prompted a war of national reunification.

During a three-year window, 3.5 million North Koreans, the majority of them civilians, were killed. At the hands of the United States, North Koreans suffered one of the most appalling, unrestrained bombing campaigns in our genocidal 20th century, and ever since they have been shouting themselves hoarse at a nation of amnesiacs [the United States] who aren’t listening.

For Americans, the Korean War may have slipped into the ash heap of history and is, at best, a vague footnote. For the North Koreans, the so-called “Forgotten War” has had indelible consequences.

Never in the mainstream US media do you hear that North Korea has asked the United States for a peace treaty more than 100 times. The image of North Korea as a country that actively seeks peace is not consonant with the jingoistic caricature that we’re typically confronted with in mainstream media policy discourse.

Sanctions are no less devastating than bombing in their effects. Although they’re regularly tightened, fortified, and expanded with each North Korean nuclear test and attempted satellite or rocket launch, sanctions—including financial, trade, and investment restrictions—have been in place against North Korea since mid-century.

The UN and US sanctions are primarily aimed at dissuading North Korea from further developing its nuclear and missile programs, but they have failed this objective. In fact, a recent UN report evaluating implementation of UN Security Council sanctions that were leveled against North Korea in 2006 and 2009 following these nuclear tests attests to just the opposite.

It’s also ludicrous for pundits to believe that China would align itself with US interests when US strategies in the region involve the military encirclement of China.

Far from a surgical strike on North Korea’s leadership, the effects of US sanctions, despite the State Department’s repeated assertions to the contrary, are borne by the people of North Korea. In fact, as many scholars have acknowledged, sanctions signal the likelihood of humanitarian catastrophe.

Sisyphus Resist: Antiwar activists carry rocks up a hill and pile them in formations to block construction of a U.S. naval base on South Korea’s JeJu Island, only to have them removed again by authorities.  
From photo series, “Repeatedly Destroyed, but Continuously Constructed Art” by Emily Wang, Sung-Hee Choi

We have to understand North Korea’s situation in the post-Cold War world order in order to grasp the lethal implications of sanctions. No country in the world is food self-sufficient, but North Korea had eradicated hunger by the 1970s. But during the post-1990s period it lost concessionary fuel and fertilizer when the Socialist Bloc broke up. During that time it lost anywhere from 600,000 to a million people from famine.

Those of us in the West tend to think of famine or food crises in North Korea as a result of something sinister caused by the North Korean regime. But in broader historical perspective, what explains the recurrence of food shortages in North Korea? David Austin, program director for the humanitarian aid organization Mercy Corps, had this to say about North Korea:

The food security situation is a symptom of the greater political problem… which is that the US is still at war with North Korea. And so there are sanctions on North Korea. They are not allowed to get fuel. There is no fertilizer. And so the greater political situation has a tremendous effect on the lives of the ordinary people…

Sanctions must be considered as particularly cynical levers of influence when considered in conjunction with the deliberate withholding of food aid by the United States. Sanctions policies have been steadfastly pursued by US administrations with the hope that prolonged economic pressure will inspire North Korea’s government to succumb, its citizenry to rebel, or the state to collapse.

The people of North Korea were viewed as collateral damage with the goal of regime collapse.

About a year prior to his death, Kim Jong-il reached out to the US through back channel negotiations—this happens all the time, whether or not we hear about it. And he said, “My meteorologists tell me that the forecast is grim. Next year is going to be terrible. We need food aid.”

And the US responded: Make the request formal, and open up your country to unprecedented food assessment inspections. North Korea made the request formal. It opened the country up to unprecedented inspections by four teams: one was of US NGOs; one was from the US government; one was from the UN World Food Program, FAO and UNICEF; and the fourth was from the EU’s Echo program. They went to North Korea and every single report, except for the US government’s report, concluded that things were moving from a chronic to an acute crisis.

The Obama adminstration has done away with ever-dwindling US food aid, even as it has applied sanctions.*

When you think about North Korea being under siege for all these decades, when you think about all these war games that are annually performed by the US and South Korea—can you imagine something like that happening on the Canadian or Mexican border against the United States?

Christine Hong presented the talk, sponsored by the WAMM Middle East Committee, Macalester-Plymouth Peacemakers, Korean Quarterly and Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace on November 29, 2012. She is with the Korean Policy Institute and an assistant professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz, specializing in Korean diaspora and critical Pacific Rim studies.

Editor’s Note: On April 26, 2012 a report “Foreign Assistance to North Korea,” written by US specialists in Asian Affairs and Nonproliferation, was completed for Congress, demonstrating that Congress was aware of the food crisis in North Korea and that there is linkage to political issues and nuclear weaponry. In March 2013, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that the food situation is dire and “must not be contingent on political developments.” But then last month Secretary of State Kerry pressured China, an important trade partner, to tighten sanctions on North Korea, as a way of persuading it to abandon its nuclear ambitions—a tricky proposition since China is the target of the US pivot into the Asia Pacific.

© 2013 Women Against Military Madness




Plan to Reopen UC EAP in Israel

By Marcy Newman

March 31, 2009

Michael Cowan, Acting Executive Director
University of California Education Abroad Program
Universitywide Office of EAP
6950 Hollister Avenue, Suite 200

Goleta, CA 93117-5823

RE: Plan to Reopen UC EAP in Israel

Dear Dr. Cowan:

We, the undersigned, are faculty of the University of California and supporters of the Education Abroad Program (EAP). We write to express serious concerns about the plan to restart the UC EAP in Israel at a time when Palestinian education in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem has been disrupted or made impossible as a result of Israeli policies. If the reopening goes forward, the likelihood that some UC students will face discriminatory treatment if they seek to partake in this program raises additional and separate concerns.

To restart EAP in Israel at this time would not reflect well on the UC’s commitment to the universal right to education. Israel has persistently violated its obligation under Article 50 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which requires the Occupying Power to facilitate the proper functioning of educational institutions in occupied territories. Israel remains the Occupying Power because it retains effective control in all these areas, and exercises this control by making education difficult or impossible for Palestinians in a variety of ways: blockading, besieging and bombing schools and universities; suspending delivery of books and educational supplies; restricting or barring the movement of students, teachers and researchers to their institutions of learning, as well as to travel abroad for educational purposes. Because of these actions, Israel has deprived hundreds of thousands of Palestinians of their right to education.

We are also deeply concerned that Arab-American (and especially Palestinian-American) and Muslim-American UC students who might want to participate in a UC EAP in Israel would encounter disabling forms of discrimination and a generally hostile anti-Arab and anti-Muslim environment in Israel. This concern is supported by the US government, as reflected in the State Department website warning that “American citizens whom Israeli authorities suspect of being of Arab or Muslim origin are likely to face additional, often time-consuming, and probing questioning by immigration and border authorities, or may even be denied entry into Israel. If they are determined by Israeli authorities to have a claim to residency status in the West Bank or Gaza, or to have a claim to a Palestinian identification number, such American citizens may be required by the Government of Israel to use a Palestinian Authority travel document to transit Israel to enter the West Bank or Gaza. Such a determination could be made for American citizens if they or their immediate family members or grandparents were born in the West Bank or Gaza, currently reside there, or have lived there for any appreciable amount of time.”

If such a determination were made in the case of Palestinian-American UC students, they would be subject to the travel restrictions that Israel imposes on Palestinians from the occupied territories; at a minimum, they would be subject to harassment and humiliation at Israeli army checkpoints and would, in all likelihood, be denied entry to Jerusalem which is off limits to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza.

The designated site of UC’s EAP, Hebrew University (HU), has a longstanding and documented record of discriminating against Palestinian students, even those who are citizens of Israel. Palestinian students have been barred from using athletic facilities, for example, and the university has on at least one occasion removed Palestinian students from campus housing to make room for Jewish American students, partly in order to prevent the mixture of Jews and    Arabs. This record, coupled with the US government’s warning, presents a constitutive likelihood that restarting EAP in Israel will involve discrimination against some UC students, potentially in contravention of UC regulations and California law. This places the onus on the University either not to pursue such a program or to put in place from the outset guarantees that such discrimination would not occur.

We request that you release existing documentation of EAP’s review of Israel and HU. If such documentation is not available, given the high probability of discrimination, we request a formal re-review of the HU proposal by the University Committee on International Education, a process that would include experts on HU’s record on discrimination. Following such a review, we request that a report be made public with information about (1) the formal criteria UC EAP has created to determine whether HU meets UC and US criteria for nondiscrimination under the various statutes that govern public higher education; (2) formal measures that UC EAP will take to guarantee non-discrimination at the new center; and (3) the formal procedures for redressing and possibly closing EAP in Israel if the program is restarted but fails to meet non-discrimination criteria.

The University’s failure to address all of the concerns raised in this letter, we think, would constitute an unacceptable disregard for liability risk and abrogation of its commitment to provide a non-discriminatory educational environment for all of its students.


Edward A. Alpers, UCLA     Nazar AlSayyad, UCB     Anjali Arondekar, UCSC     Paola Bacchetta, UCB     Etienne Balibar, UCI     Ali Behdad, UCLA
George Bisharat, UC Hastings School of Law     Jody Blanco, UCSD     Daniel Boyarin, UCB     Karl Britto, UCSC     Karen Brodkin, UCLA     
Wendy Brown, UCB     Carole Browner, UCLA     Edmund Burke III, UCSC     Judith Butler, UCB     Magda Campo, UCSB     Richard Candidas, UCB     Michael Cassidy, UCB     Ignacio Chapela, UCB     Piya Chatterjee, UCR     Joshua Clover, UCD     Michael Cooperson, UCLA
Lara Deeb, UCI     Elizabeth DeLoughrey, UCLA     Gina Dent, UCSC     Gregory Dobbins, UCD     Beshara Doumani, UCB     Lan Duong, UCR
Omnia el Shakry, UCD     Fatima El-Tayeb, UCSD     Julia Elyachar, UCI     Samera Esmeir, UCB     Yen Le Espiritu, UCSD     Richard Falk, UCSB
Margaret W. Ferguson, UCD     Aisha Finch, UCLA     Claudio Fogu, UCSB     John Foran, UCSB     Carla Freccero, UCSC     Takashi Fujitani, UCSD     Nancy Gallagher, UCSB     Rosemary George, UCSD     Jess Ghannam, UCSF     Evelyn Glenn, UCB     David Theo Goldberg, UCI
Bluma Goldstein, UCB     Bishnupriya Ghosh , UCSB     Avery Gordon, UCSB     Emily Gottreich, UCB     Inderpal Grewal, UCI
Ramon Grosfoguel, UCB     Nandini Gunewardena, UCLA     Elizabeth M. Guthrie, UCI     Christian Haesemeyer, UCLA
Lisa Hajjar, UCSB     Gerry Hale, UCLA     Sondra Hale, UCLA     Jonathan Hall, UCI     Gillian Hart, UCB     Charles Henry, UCB
Charles Hirschkind, UCB      Gil Hochberg, UCLA     Jerome Hoffman, UCLA    Grace Hong, UCLA     Donna Jones, UCB     Suad Joseph, UCD
Caren Kaplan, UCD     Marie Kennedy, UCLA     Elaine Kim, UCB       Katherine King, UCLA     Jake Kosek, UCB     Mariam B. Lam, UCR
Jin-Kyung Lee, UCSD     Leon Letwin, UCLA     Mark LeVine, UCI     Esther Lezra, UCSB      Margaret Loose, UCSD     Lisa Lowe, UCSD
Paul Lubeck, UCSC     Samer Madanat, UCB     Saba Mahmood, UCB     Sunaina Maira, UCD    Saree Makdisi, UCLA     Nelson Maldonado-Torres, UCB     Waldo Martin, UCB     Bill Maurer, UCI     Toby Miller, UCR     Minoo Moallem, UCB     Kathleen Moore, UCSB     Michael Morony, UCLA     Ramona Naddaf, UCB     Mary King Norseng, UCLA     Alice O’Connor, UCSB     Michael Omi, UCB     Mary Lovelace O’Neal, UCB     
Stefania Pandolfo, UCB     Constance Penley, UCSB     Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA     Ismail Poonawala, UCLA     Michael Provence, UCSD
Leigh Raiford, UCB     Kaushik Sunder Rajan, UCI     Richard Randolph, UCSC     Raka Ray, UCB     Lisa Rofel, UCSC     Frank Ross, UCSD
Ananya Roy, UCB     Parama Roy, UCD     Rosaura Sanchez, UCSD     Alex Saragosa, UCB     Bhasker Sarkar, UCSB     Sue Schweik, UCB     Kathryn Shevelow, UCSD     Sonia Shiri, UCB     David Simpson, UCD     Susan Slyomovics, UCLA     Eric Smoodin, UCD     Ula Taylor, UCB     Charis Thompson, UCB     Barrie Thorne, UCB     Anne Wagner, UCB     Richard Walker, UCB     L. Ling-chi Wang, UCB     Evan Watkins, UCD     Michael Watts, UCB     Devra Weber, UCR     Hayden White, UCSC     Leon Wofsy, UCB     Victor Wolfenstein, UCLA     Salim Yaqub, UCSB    Lisa Yoneyama, UCSD

Contact Information: Prof. Sondra Hale sonhale[at]ucla.edu and Prof. Kathleen Moore kmoore[at]lawso.ucsb.edu

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