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Anthropology and the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions: Mick Taussig and J. Lorand Matory

Michael Taussig

Savage Minds

Wed Jun 03 2015

Visiting the West Bank in 2013 I found what at best could be called an open prison apartheid society with micro-management of everyday life by the Israeli state apparatus. I met many Palestinians who could not travel to Jerusalem or see the sea. And this in their own land which they have occupied for millennia! Nearly all Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza cannot participate in Israeli academia and cannot visit Israeli universities. So if there is not academic freedom for all, why not BDS until there is?

Putting it plain: it is 100% a colonial, racially sustained, occupation, largely paid for by the US, a sadistic game played by a paranoid bully for whom means have now become ends spiraling out of control over which the Israeli state has lost control; witness what niceties emerged with the last election and the attack on Gaza.

Anthropology and the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions: Mick Taussig and J. Lorand Matory