U.S. Modern Language Association Votes Against Boycotting Israel

Forward reports: The U.S. Modern Language Association on Saturday voted 113-to-79 to reject a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel. 

The four-day MLA convention underway in Philadelphia, which attracts thousands of scholars, is the biggest and most important annual humanities event in North America. A decision in favor of a boycott could have dealt a significant blow to Israeli academics and students working in departments of language, literature and related fields across the U.S., as well as to collaborations and research involving Israeli academic institutions.

The resolution was proposed by a group called MLA Members for Justice in Palestine. A decision on the initiative has been postponed for several years.

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