As we previously reported, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) passed a resolution at its December 2, 2021, business meeting endorsing boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The resolution was sent out last month to MESA's full membership for ratification. The ratification vote opened January 31 and will close March 22.
LIF has previously covered the BDS vote:
- Middle East Studies Association Moves Toward Endorsing BDS Academic Boycott Against Israel
- Florida State Drops Middle East Studies Association Membership As Group Moves Towards Israel Boycott
- DeSantis Office: Florida Opposes Middle East Studies Association Conducting BDS Anti-Israel Academic Boycott Through FSU
- Middle East Studies Association Boycotting Israel "Is Basically the Old Anti-Jewish Boycott"
- Middle East Studies Association Members In "Legal Jeopardy" If Carry Out Israel Boycott On Campuses
- Will George Washington U Let Middle East Studies Ass'n Operate International Anti-Israel Academic Boycott From Its HQ On GWU's Campus?
- Membership Voting To Ratify Anti-Israel Academic Boycott Starts At Middle East Studies Association
At the time of the initial MESA BDS resolution, MESA's website listed 54 institutional members. As of February 7, MESA lists only 46 institutional members, a 14.8% drop. Six universities that formerly belonged are no longer listed. They are:
Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies
Florida State University
University of Arizona
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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