The unspoken purpose of the academic boycott

Martin Kramer*

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The academic boycott of Israel, ostensibly targeting Israeli academe, is actually meant to isolate and stigmatise Jewish academics in America. It serves the aim of pushing Jewish academics out of shrinking disciplines, where Jews are believed to be ‘over-represented.’ That is how diehard supporters of the Palestinians find academic allies who have no professional interest in Palestine, in fields like American studies or English literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Academic boycott
  • American universities
  • Israeli policy
  • Jewish faculty
  • Palestinians

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