A group representing 5,000 U.S. professors has endorsed an academic boycott of Israeli colleges and universities.
The American Studies Association says it voted for the boycott “as an ethical stance.”
“It represents a principle of solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and an aspiration to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians,” a Dec. 4 statement said.
According to The New York Times, which reported the boycott Monday, the action – the first time the group has called for an academic boycott of any nation’s universities – makes the group the largest of its kind to back a movement aiming to isolate Israel because of its treatment of Palestinians.
The academic group said the boycott doesn’t apply to “individual Israeli scholars engaged in ordinary forms of academic exchange,” including conferences, lectures, and research.
It justified the boycott, saying it was “warranted given U.S. military and other support for Israel; Israel’s violation of international law and U.N. resolutions; the documented impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian scholars and students”; and “the extent to which Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that violate human rights.”
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