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Native American studies group backs boycott

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Native American studies association is the third U.S. academic body this year to recommend its members boycott Israeli universities.

In a Dec. 15 announcement, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association said it “encourages NAISA members to boycott Israeli academic institutions because they are imbricated with the Israeli state, and we wish to place pressure on that state to change its policies.”

The statement urged “generous dialogue” on the issue and said the boycott is open to discussion at the group’s national conference in May in Austin, Texas.

Like the American Studies Association, which announced its own boycott last week, the NAISA boycott doesn’t target individuals and isn’t binding on members.

The Asian American Studies Association approved a similar boycott last April.

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