Debate forum: BDS and the American Anthropological Association

Starting April 15, members of the American Anthropological Association will be able to vote on a resolution which proposes a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. In this “debate forum,” we present two pieces, one arguing for the boycott, one against, both written by and addressed to medical anthropologists. We encourage readers to join the debate or air their views in the comments sections of either piece, or this introduction.


Acknowledging the Palestinian Public Health Crisis: Why Signing onto the Academic Boycott Makes Sense for Medical Anthropologists

Sherine Hamdy, Shirley Lindenbaum, Julie Livingston, Margaret Lock, Eileen Moyer, Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Elizabeth Roberts, Michael Montoya, Kristin Peterson, Miriam Ticktin


Israeli Writers and Anthropologists on Health and Trauma: A Critical Lens on Dehumanization and Healing

Michele Rivkin-Fish

2 Responses to Debate forum: BDS and the American Anthropological Association

  1. Pingback: When It’s Time to Vote, Don’t Boycott Academics – Cut the Purse-strings by Jennifer S. Hirsch - Bioethics Research Library

  2. The leaders of the Palestinian Arabs have repeatedly walked away from Israeli offers of an independent state in virtually all the disputed territory, land to which Israel actually has a stronger historical, legal and moral claim. The PA foreign minister has announced they will never again negotiate directly with Israel. To even consider a boycott of Israeli institutions given these and other realities shows either gross ignorance or hatred. It’s unfortunate that a significant number of sociologists with either characteristics are poisoning the minds of our college students.

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