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AAU “Strongly Opposes” Israel Boycott

Restrictions imposed on the ability of scholars of any particular country to work with their fellow academics in other countries, participate in meetings and organizations, or otherwise carry out their scholarly activities violate academic freedom. The boycott of Israeli academic institutions therefore clearly violates the academic freedom not only of Israeli scholars but also of American scholars who might be pressured to comply with it.

by
Charlie Martin

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December 22, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Back on December 16th, the American Studies Association voted to endorse an “academic boycott” of Israel. Now the Association of American universities has responded:

The Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities strongly opposes a boycott of
Israeli academic institutions. Three U.S. scholarly organizations have now expressed support for such
a boycott. Any such boycott of academic institutions directly violates academic freedom, which is a
fundamental principle of AAU universities and of American higher education in general.

Academic freedom is the freedom of university faculty responsibly to produce and disseminate
knowledge through research, teaching, and service, without undue constraint. It is a principle that
should not be abridged by political considerations. American colleges and universities, as well as like
institutions elsewhere, must stand as the first line of defense against attacks on academic freedom.

Efforts to address political issues, or to address restrictions on academic freedom, should not
themselves infringe upon academic freedom. Restrictions imposed on the ability of scholars of any
particular country to work with their fellow academics in other countries, participate in meetings and
organizations, or otherwise carry out their scholarly activities violate academic freedom. The boycott
of Israeli academic institutions therefore clearly violates the academic freedom not only of Israeli
scholars but also of American scholars who might be pressured to comply with it. We urge American
scholars and scholars around the world who believe in academic freedom to oppose this and other such
academic boycotts.

Charlie Martin writes on science, health, culture and technology for PJ Media. Follow his 13 week diet and exercise experiment on Facebook and at PJ Lifestyle

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Nobody's being fooled by all the
disingenuous Israel Boycotts.
These 'Aktions' are nothing less than
sanitized Jew hatred
disguised as Israel hatred.
The Nazi's burned books.
Today's Neo-Nazi Leftists
Are burning the writers of the books.
This 'Boycott' is just the first
Stage of Leftist Akademia's
Final Solution.
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Those who boycott Israel are either ignorant of the Scriptures or they disregard the Scriptures. http://483years.blogspot.com/
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Good for them! A little common sense and decency prevails for a change.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Nobody's being fooled by all the
disingenuous Israel Boycotts.
These 'Aktions' are nothing less than
sanitized Jew hatred
disguised as Israel hatred.
The Nazi's burned books.
Today's Neo-Nazi Leftists
Are burning the writers of the books.
This 'Boycott' is just the first
Stage of Leftist Akademia's
Final Solution.
34 weeks ago
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