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The membership of MESA has voted in favor of a resolution endorsing the Palestinian call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions of Israel as a way to hold the government accountable for ongoing human rights violations. MESA’s Board of Directors will implement it in a manner consistent with MESA’s bylaws as well as relevant U.S. federal, state, and local laws. The resolution states that the boycott will not target individual students or scholars, and reiterates the right of individual MESA members to choose whether or not they wish to participate in an academic boycott of Israeli institutions.
MESA members vote to put BDS resolution to a referendum by the full membership in early 2022, endorsing Palestinian civil society’s call for solidarity in support of human rights, including the right to education and academic freedom.
Press release regarding MESA's first virtual conference (#MESA2020), which will take place live October 5-17, 2020.
Letter expressing concern over the most recent version of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720) which continues to criminalize participation in what it terms “politically motivated” boycotts directed at Israel.
Letter to the University of Michigan Defending Graduate Student Threatened for Refusing to Write Recommendation Letter
Letter to the University of Michigan protesting the imposition of disciplinary sanctions against Professor John Cheney-Lippold because of his decision not to write a letter of recommendation for a student applying to a study-abroad program in Israel.
GWU Provost Forrest Maltzman responds to CAF's serious concerns regarding the 10 September 2018 announcement of a "research partnership" between the New York Times and George Washington University's Program on Extremism (POE).
Iraqi Documents and Research Partnership between The New York Times and George Washington University
Letter to George Washington University leadership regarding university's partnership with the New York Times to house documents removed from Iraq by Rukmini Callimachi.
Letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees expressing serious concerns about the "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018" recently introduced as H.R.5924 and S.2940 because the definition of anti-Semitism that it would require the Department of Education to adopt conflates criticism of Israeli policies and of Zionism with anti-Semitism, thereby endangering free speech rights and academic freedom at U.S. institutions of higher education.
Acquisition and Unethical Use of Documents Removed from Iraq by New York Times Journalist Rukmini Callimachi
Letter to the New York Times concerning Rukmini Callimachi’s series “The ISIS Files” that employs nearly 16,000 documents removed from Iraq by her and her team without permission of the relevant Iraqi authorities. In addition to the complete disregard for the myriad legal, professional, ethical, and moral issues involved, including endangering individuals by the reckless publication of unredacted documents, their removal from Iraq is a violation of a number of international customary laws.
Press release from MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom: "Committee on Academic Freedom Shines Light on Secretive Website that Defames Students; Offers Resource for College Leaders to Take Action
Letter to Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray questioning Kenneth L. Marcus' fitness to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education
Letter calling on the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, to take action in response to the posters put up on campus accusing certain faculty and students of being "terrorist supporters”.
Update on the March 30, 2016 letter to CUNY Chancellor and Board of Trustees.
Letter to the President of SFSU protesting the harassment of Professor Rabab Abdulhadi and efforts to abrogate the university’s partnership with al-Najah University.
Letter to UC Berkeley Chancellor Dirks protesting the cancellation of a student-taught course on Israel/Palestine.
Letter calling on SUNY Plattsburgh administrators to defend the academic freedom of Professor Simona Sharoni.
Response from United States Department of State, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, to the March 29 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling to suspend military and economic aid to Egypt.