PRESS RELEASE: CIJA Applauds MLA Decision to Reject BDS

Jan 7, 2017 | Press Releases

For Immediate Release 

January 7, 2017

Toronto, ON – Today, the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization representing 25,000 academics around the world, rejected a resolution at its convention in Philadelphia endorsing boycott measures against Israeli academics.

In response, Judy Zelikovitz, Vice President of University and Local Partner Services at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement:

“We applaud the MLA for voting to reject a BDS resolution today, which would have only served to undermine academic freedom and discriminate against Israelis. We encourage MLA members and university administrators to continue opposing any discrimination on the basis of national origin on their campus.

“Through our affiliate, Canadian Academics for Peace (CAP), CIJA engaged Canadian academics to mobilize against the resolution. Today’s decision is a victory for academic freedom and we offer our sincere appreciation to the many MLA members who have spoken out passionately against BDS.”


The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.


Adir Krafman
Manager, Communications and Media Relations
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

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