Faculty at Pitzer College in Claremont recently voted in favor of suspending the college’s Israel study abroad program over concerns for the rights of Palestinians. The small college now finds itself at the center of a global debate over boycotts of Israel.
If Pitzer shutters its program, it would be the first academic institution in the U.S. to take such a step. The action would be taken as support of the growing and highly controversial moves against the Israeli state called the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
Pro-Palestinian activists herald the Pitzer vote as a social justice milestone while many pro-Israel groups and university leaders say the move would deny students academic opportunities and unfairly single out Israel on human rights issues.
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