ACLJ Urges California Company To Reject Planned Boycott Of Israeli Academics And Academic Institutions Or Face Possible Legal Action | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion


Planned Boycott Of Israeli Academics


(Washington, DC) – The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) today called on a California company to reject a planned boycott of Israeli academics and academic institutions at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association (ASA) in Los Angeles in November. The ACLJ contends that enforcing the ASA’s anti-Israel boycott would cause Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, which is hosting the ASA convention, to discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, and religion in violation of California law.

“The ASA’s exclusionary, functionally anti-Semitic policy has been condemned by academics across the political spectrum,” said David French, Senior Counsel of the ACLJ. “Invidious discrimination has no place in American higher education, and it certainly has no place in public accommodations. We’re calling on the Westin hotel to do the right thing and ban unlawful discrimination on its property.”

In a letter sent to Westin Bonaventure today, the ACLJ argues that no other nationality other than Israelis is subject to an exclusionary policy, and since the overwhelming majority of Israelis targeted by the boycott are Jewish, the policy is also exclusionary on the basis of race and religion.

French added: “California law prevents hotels from discriminating on the basis of national origin, race, and religion. We’re calling on the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, which is hosting the ASA’s annual meeting in November, to take steps to ensure that the ASA will not enforce its anti-Semitic policy during its annual meeting scheduled for November 4-9th. Simply put, we’re demanding that the Westin obey California law.”

The ACLJ letter gives the Westin five days to respond on whether it will change its discriminatory and unlawful boycott rules to be applied or face possible legal action.

The letter concludes: “We hope that the situation will not culminate in litigation, and the Westin Bonaventure and Interstate Hotels will do the right thing, and fulfill their legal obligations to prevent unlawful discrimination before it happens at the Westin Bonaventure.”

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law & Justice is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Latest in

Is The Carter Center Illegally Funding Terrorists?

By Stuart J. Roth1520605350238

Every year, the United States government gives money to charities that do work around the world giving aid to those who need it most. Unfortunately, however, one of the pitfalls of this kind of generosity is that sometimes the money can end up in unexpected places, and if it falls into the wrong...

read more

5 Reasons Why the ICC Lacks Jurisdiction

By Skip Ash1518625766192

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is once again preparing to pursue a war crimes investigation against Israel. These allegations of war crimes are brought by none other than the terrorist-led Palestinian Authority (PA) Unity Government that celebrates and rewards the murder of American and...

read more

Iran's Attack On Israel's Airspace

By Wesley Smith1518475659621

Israel faces various threats to its peace and security from time to time, and has throughout its existence beginning in 1948. However, the threats from Hezbollah, Iran, Syria, and their ilk to the north are in sharp focus this week . Last Friday night Iran deployed a drone from Syria that...

read more

John Kerry Reportedly Advising Anti-Israel Leader

By ACLJ.org1517324650748

It’s hard to imagine a former Senator and Presidential candidate who touted his love and service to this country advising a foreign leader with ties to recognized terrorist groups like Hamas, but former Secretary of State John Kerry may have done just that. News outlets have reported a London...

read more