Petition for ASA Membership Vote on BDS Resolutions
We, the undersigned, support the following Resolutions being sent to the general ASA membership for a vote:

Whereas, the vast majority of Palestinian civil society have called on the international civil, academic, and cultural communities to engage in non-violent pressure on Israel until it complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights by meeting three demands:

1) Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands [occupied in 1967] and dismantling the Wall,
2) Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality;
and
3) Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes
and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194, [1]

And

Whereas, since 1948, Israel has systematically expelled Palestinians and ethnically cleansed Palestinian land, creating the largest refugee community in the world, [2]

And

Whereas, the ASA Code of Ethics encourages us to respect people’s rights, dignity, and diversity, be socially responsible in striving to “be aware of situations that may result in harm to individuals, groups, or communities,” and use our “knowledge and skills to advance the cause of human rights worldwide,” [3]

And

Whereas, the ASA mission statement calls on us to “articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future,” [4]

And

Whereas, sociologists engaged in critical race scholarship recognize the institutionalized power relations and structural violence [5] inherent in the occupation as diametrically opposed to full equality in academia and academic freedom,

And

Whereas, sociology at its best engages with difficult questions of relevance to the world around us to promote social justice,

And

Whereas, we believe this is the next logical step for the organization after it issued its Statement on the Importance of Free Movement of Scholars Across Borders in September 2018, [6]

And

Whereas, we believe the discipline of sociology seeks to promote social justice and human rights worldwide and has a responsibility to address grave concerns relating to the denial of and refuse to be accomplices to these phenomena,

And

Whereas, Palestinian academics face academic freedom violations in the form of restrictions by the State of Israel from attending conferences, completing research, traveling outside of Palestine to earn degrees, and acquiring the most recent publications in the form of journals and books, [7]

And

Whereas, the State of Israel routinely violates the academic freedom of Palestinian students through harassment of them on their way to school at checkpoints and in public, attacks on schools using tear gas and rubber bullets, bombing of higher educational institutions, raids on schools and arrests of faculty and students, invasion of campuses and killing of Palestinian students, arrest and detention of students, and defunding of schools created by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), [8]

And

Whereas, Israeli universities exist, partially or fully, on stolen Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, [9]

And

Whereas, Palestinians living in Israel experience limits to their academic freedom through a racially segregated education system with overcrowded, underfunded, and fewer schools, fewer kindergartens, fewer Special Education programs for their children. This has resulted in Palestinian children in Israel experiencing higher dropout rates and lower pass rates for national exams required for entrance to higher education. Israeli courts have “never found the state to be in violation of the law or ordered it to end discriminatory practices.” [10]

And

Whereas, US tax dollars support the military repression and oppression of Palestinians in Israel, the occupied West Bank and Gaza, [11]

And

Whereas, Israeli military authorities have closed Palestinian universities and destroyed cultural and academic institutions, [12]

And

Whereas, Palestinian scholars, faculty and students, and student groups addressing human rights violations in Palestine and Israel are routinely harassed at US colleges and universities, [13]

And

Whereas, it is increasingly difficult for international academics (including US citizens) to be admitted into the occupied Palestinian territory as entry is dependent on Israeli approval and are repeatedly denied by Israeli military authorities thereby severely compromising Palestinian universities' ability to employ international faculty, [14]

And

Whereas, we the undersigned stand in solidarity with our Palestinian colleagues and students, in Palestine, Israel, and the Diaspora against all forms of human rights violations,

THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the American Sociological Association endorses the call for boycott of Israeli academic institutions articulated by our Palestinian colleagues until these institutions end all forms of complicity in Israel's grave human rights violations.

Be it also resolved, that the American Sociological Association protects the rights of all scholars, students, and faculty, to address the human rights violations in their scholarship and speak out against it without experiencing harassment, bullying, or consequences to their employment, scholarship, or rights to academic freedom and free speech.

[1] Abunimah, Ali. 2014. The Battle for Justice in Palestine. Chicago: Haymarket; bdsmovement.net/call, bdsmovement.net/pacbi; Barghouti, Omar. 2011. Boycott Divestment Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. Chicago: Haymarket.
[2] Barghouti, Anees Suheil. 2019. “Palestinians Make up World’s Largest Refugee Population,” Andalou Agency, June 20, https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/palestinians-make-up-world-s-largest-refugee-population/1179770, Masalha, Nur. 1992. Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of “Transfer” in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948. Washington, D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies; Pappe, Ilan. 2007. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, 2nd Ed. Oxford: Oneworld Publications. “US State Department: Israel Practices ‘Institutional Discrimination,’” Electronic Intifada, 22 April 2013.
[3] http://www.asanet.org/code-ethics
[4] http://www.asanet.org/about-asa/asa-story/mission-statement
[5] Delgado, Richard. S., & Stefancic, Jean J. 2001. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. New York: New York University Press.
[6] http://www.asanet.org/news-events/asa-news/statement-importance-free-movement-scholars-across-borders
[7] Baramki, Gabi. 2010. Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University under Occupation. Chicago: Haymarket; Eberhart, George M. 2016. “Academic Libraries in Palestine: Challenges and Frustrations of Information Access in the Palestinian Territories.” American Libraries Magazine, June 27. https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/academic-libraries-palestine/
[8] Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). 2013. Education Under Apartheid: Access to Education in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Geneva: World Council of Churches and UNICEF https://www.unicef.org/oPt/UNICEF_Under_Occupation_final-SMALL.pdf; United Nations Development Programme. 2014. “Education.” 2014 Palestine Human Development Report. New York: United Nations. https://www.undp.org/content/dam/papp/docs/Publications/UNDP-papp-research-PHDR2015Education.pdf
[9] Hebrew University sits on land illegally acquired in 1968 while Ariel University is located in the illegal settlement of Ariel in the West Bank.
[10] Coursen-Neff, Zama. 2004. “Discrimination against Palestinian Arab Children in the Israeli Educational System.” International Law & Politics 36(749): 101-162, Human Rights Watch. 2001. Second Class: Discrimination against Palestinian Arab Children in Israel’s Schools. New York: Human Rights Watch.
[11] Sharp, Jeremy M. 2018. “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel.” Washington DC: Congressional Research Service.
[12] Almeghari, Rami. 2014. “Israel Attacks my University - with Bombs and Lies,” Electronic Intifada, August 4, https://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-attacks-my-university-bombs-and-lies/13697; Baramki 2010; Birzeit University. Nd. “University Closure History.” https://www.birzeit.edu/en/about/history/education-under-occupation/closures-history; Kabariti, Ahmad. 2018. “ It is a War Against Every Part of Palestinian Identity: Israel Destroys Popular Gaza Cultural Center.” Mondoweiss, August 10. https://mondoweiss.net/2018/08/palestinian-identity-destroys/; Middle East Monitor, “Occupation Forces Close Vicinity of Al-Quds University, Prevent Students from Entering,” October 5, https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181005-occupation-forces-close-vicinity-of-al-quds-university-prevent-students-from-entering/.
[13] Salaita, Steven. 2015. Uncivil Rights: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom. Chicago: Haymarket.
[14] Abou Jalal, Rasha. 2018. “Palestinians Decry Israeli Visa Restrictions on Foreign Academics.” Al-Monitor, July 22, https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/07/israel-denies-visa-foreign-professors-palestinian-university.html; Kundera, Naomi. 2018. “Israeli Visa Crackdown Affects Palestinian Higher Education.” Palestine Monitor, August 9, http://www.palestinemonitor.org/details.php?id=9qzu2ka19923ymctgm73xf
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