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ACTA Statement on the ASA’s Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

December 17, 2013

It’s no wonder that the public is losing trust in the academy since too many faculty no longer endorse unfettered discussion and debate.

The American Studies Association’s decision to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions sets a dangerous precedent and amounts to the dismantling of academic freedom in favor of political posturing. The boycott paves a slippery road where academic organizations plug their ears and close their eyes toward opposing ideas. Denying Israeli academic organizations’ ability to be heard because of the perceived actions of the state is at best ludicrous, and grotesquely discriminatory.


Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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