Victory: Middle East Anthropologists Overwhelmingly Support Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Anthropologists of the Middle East have voted overwhelmingly to support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. In a special referendum held June 2-11 by the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association, a boycott resolution passed 157 to 11, with 71% of the membership participating.

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions (Anthroboycott) submitted the resolution during Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip last month. The boycott represents an act of solidarity from scholars specializing on the region, many of whom have long studied U.S. support for Israel’s colonial practices and violent suppression of the Palestinian people.

Anthroboycott calls on our colleagues across the discipline to take up the boycott call, especially in light of the strong statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people released by the board of the Middle East Section in May and endorsed by 17 other sections of the American Anthropological Association. We offer our assistance and resources to those who wish to organize for the boycott.