BDS, credibility, and the challenge to the academy

Rachel S. Harris, Martin B. Shichtman

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In this article Rachel S. Harris and Martin B. Shichtman consider the ways in which the presentation of BDS has undermined traditional expectations of scholarly research—including factual accuracy, knowledge of the regional languages, the reliability of sources, or situating the work within a wider analytical discourse outside of activist writings. In this way it is is destroying the credibility of the Humanities. In addition, we consider the ways in which BDS has fostered public displays of antisemitism and evaluate the long-term harm the movement is causing to the academy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-182
Number of pages22
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Academia
  • Academic freedom
  • Anti-Zionism
  • Antisemitism
  • BDS
  • Campus climate
  • Israel
  • Modern language association (MLA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Religious studies


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