Israel Action Network Calls American Studies Association Decision to Adopt an Israel Boycott Resolution a Violation of Academic Freedom

Following an unusual and troubling process over the past few weeks, the American Studies Association (ASA) today announced its endorsement of a resolution by its National Council to institute an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the organization. The decision represents a narrow fraction of overall members, approximately less than 20 percent of ASA membership took part in the vote. Further, it follows a condemnation of the boycott by eight former presidents. Geri Palast, Managing Director of The Israel Action Network (IAN), a strategic initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, issued the following statement.

Hadassah Supports Netanyahu’s, Kerry’s Leadership in Resumption of Peace Talks

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, today expressed support for the United States, Israel and the Palestinians, who are coming together this week for direct negotiations toward Middle East peace. Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah, released the following statement.

Rabbinical Assembly Welcomes Announcement About Resumed Middle East Peace Talks

In response to the U.S. State Department’s announcement today that Secretary of State John Kerry has brought Israeli and Palestinian leadership together this week to meet in Washington to resume peace talks, the Rabbinical Assembly, the international umbrella organization for Conservative rabbis, released the following statement.