Last week, the American Studies Association (ASA) protested Israel’s perceived ill-treatment of the Palestinians, and failure to arrive at a settlement of the decades-old Israel-Palestinian conflict, by joining a boycott calling for sanctions and divestment of Israel’s universities and other academic institutions. ASA has over 5,000 members, consisting mostly universities and colleges. So far, more than ninety ASA members have registered their opposition to the boycott, including many very outstanding schools which include Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, NYU, MIT, and Yale. Some have withdrawn their ASA membership because of this boycott. On the other hand, other academic organizations that have joined the boycott unsurprisingly include the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) and the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS).
(See my book about this conflict, Palestine Is Coming: The Revival of Ancient Philistia, written from both a historical and eschatological perspective.)