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News outlets in Israel were happy to report that the large organization known as MLA, or Modern Language Association of America, rejected the BDS movement. Below is the highlight taken from their website.

At its meeting on 7 January 2017, the MLA Delegate Assembly approved the following resolution[s].

Resolution 2017-1

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.

About the MLA

Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.

Lev HaOlam thanks MLA for soundly rejecting the BDS movement and refusing to give in to pressure from the anti-Israel organization.