The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is wrong in so many ways - ironic, in that many of its biggest proponents are in higher education. But, Newsweek's Kenneth L. Marcus argues, anti-Israel boycotts are not only unethical - they're illegal:
Jews, Christians and Muslims all serve in Israel’s government. North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Syria, Sudan, Myanmar, Russia and many other recidivist human rights violators are not singled out for boycott. Among the 196 nations in the world, why is the only Jewish state being singled out? Are boycotts of Israel really thinly veiled anti-Semitism?
Putting those concerns aside, though, there is a new question gaining much traction in legal circles: Are such boycotts even legal?
Law professors Eugene Kontorovich and Steven Davidoff Solomon on the Wall Street Journal opinion page recently concluded they are not. And days ago, a group of distinguished American Studies professors and longtime ASA members, two of whom were recipients of the highest ASA award for outstanding teaching and program development, sued their Association.
The American Studies professors describe how a handful of radicals, including founding members of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, hijacked their academic association to ram through a personal and political mission having absolutely nothing to do with American Studies.
This new legal question is probably the most relevant. Let me explain...