The prestigious Modern Language Association has rejected an academic boycott of the Jewish state, not for the first time.

The Modern Language Association (MLA), the main professional association in the United States for scholars of language and literature, has voted to reject academic boycotts of Israel by a significant margin.

The resolution passed by a vote of 1,954 to 885.

The resolution states:

“Whereas endorsing the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel contradicts the MLA’s purpose to promote teaching and research on language and literature;

“Whereas the boycott’s prohibition of the evaluation of work of individual Israeli scholars conflicts with Resolution 2002-1, which condemns boycotts against scholars; and

“Whereas endorsing the boycott could curtail debates with representatives of Israeli universities, such as faculty members, department chairs, and deans, thereby blocking possible dialogue and general scholarly exchange;

“Be it resolved that the MLA refrain from endorsing the boycott.”

This was not the first time the MLA has rejected such a boycott, which often are presented to the association.

By: United with Israel Staff

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Source: United with Israel