Harvard’s former president, Lawrence Summers, told Charlie Rose that academic boycotts of Israel are anti-Semitic. Summers was specifically addressing the American Studies Association boycott. Skip ahead to about 35:00 into the video.
Charlie, I said some time ago with respect to a similar set of efforts, that I regarded them as being anti-Semitic in their effect if not necessarily in their intent. And I think that’s the right thing to say about singling out Israel.
If there was an academic boycott against a whole set of countries that stunted their populations in some way, I would oppose that because I think academic boycotts are abhorrent, but the choice of only Israel at a moment when Israel faces this kind of existential threat I think takes how wrong this is to a different level.