No Start-up Nation Without Free World: On ASA Boycott

The young generation of Israeli right-wing politicians seems completely incapable of understanding the existential importance of Israel’s being a respected member of the civilized world.

Let me first make one point as clear as I possibly can. Singling out Israel for academic boycott as the American Studies Association (ASA) has done is intellectually indefensible and morally untenable. It borders on the ridiculous to boycott Israel which - with all its defaults - is a functioning liberal democracy that by and large honors human rights, while not boycotting regimes that hang gays, stone adulterous...