Thank you to universities that have rejected the academic boycott of Israel

Thank you to universities that have rejected the academic boycott of Israel

Please consider sending a version of this thank you letter to universities that have publicly rejected the academic boycott of Israel.

Dear ----:

At a time when the American Studies Association has blatantly violated the principle of academic freedom by urging a boycott of Israeli universities, I applaud your courageous decision to publicly distance yourself and your institution from this mischievous step.

By taking this principled position—affirmed by the American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Universities—you contribute significantly to the cause of academic freedom, and make it more difficult for ideologues to hijack other professional organizations and wield the boycott weapon to suppress scholarly interchange. Indeed, to make the point even more clearly, you may want to consider initiating ties between your university and Israeli universities, and if these already exist, enhancing them.

Thank you once again for standing up for academic freedom.

Sincerely,