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American Studies Association backs boycott of Israeli academic institutions

In the United States, a renewed call for the boycott of Israeli companies and institutions has emerged. One particular campaign has had an impact, especially in US universities. A group of academics called the American Studies Association recently voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions, in order to protest against the occupation of Palestinian territories, but also against what they see as a lack of opportunities for Palestinian would-be students.

By Stanislas DE SAINT HIPPOLYTE , Philip CROWTHER

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