Rep. Schweikert Opposes American Studies Association’s Boycott of Israeli Universities and Academic Institutions
Washington D.C., January 17, 2014—Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) joined 65 House colleagues in a letter to Curtis Marez, President of the American Studies Association (ASA), opposing the association’s boycott of Israeli universities and academic institutions.
“The ASA claims that the boycott “is in solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and it aspires to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians.” We believe that this boycott accomplishes just the opposite,” the letter reads.
“Academic cooperation can be an important tool to help foster peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but you have chosen the unproductive path of isolation,” House members concluded.
“The ASA is supported in their efforts to express views on current events and policies by any government, country, or society, but their actions are regrettable. I believe their boycott of Israeli academic institutions shows a severe level of disregard for academic freedom and the close support between American and Israeli universities,” added Schweikert.
“Isolating a close ally of our country and what we stand for is not a productive route for students and educators alike.”
The full letter can be read here.
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