Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

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Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) is a zionist organization of academics whose main aim is to undermine calls for an academic boycott of Israel.[1]


SPME supports 'a world in which Israel exists as a sovereign Jewish state within secure borders'[1] - a position which privileges some Israeli citizens over others.

SPME argues that 'academic discourse is increasingly influenced by ideological distortions, politically biased scholarship, and agenda-driven speakers who demonize Israel and Zionism as bearing full responsibility for the Middle-East conflict. Such indoctrination violates academic traditions of scholarly integrity and degrades the academic enterprise. It poisons debate about the Middle East, inflames hatred of Israel, spreads anti-Semitism, incites anti-Israeli militancy, and serves to excuse or tolerate terrorist attacks and genocidal threats against Israel. Anti-Israel slanders exacerbate conflict and undermine prospects for peace.'[1]

SPME 'opposes all manifestations of anti-Semitism in academia, including calls for an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions.'[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 SPME Homepage, Revision Adopted and Approved by The SPME Board of Directors, June 5, 2008, accessed 15 September 2010