Strangely enough, more and more universities are rejecting the American Studies Association boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has been keeping track of the pushback. Link here.
This morning the story made the New York Times:
The American Studies Association’s endorsement this month of a boycott of Israeli academic institutions continues to stir passions, with four colleges and universities announcing their withdrawal from the association, a second leading higher-education association denouncing the boycott and a rising tide of college presidents speaking out against it.
One after the other, prominent university presidents and academic leaders have issued condemnations over the last week that emphasize the importance of academic freedom.
“Academic boycotts subvert the academic freedoms and values necessary to the free flow of ideas, which is the lifeblood of the worldwide community of scholars,” said Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard.
The executive committee of the American Association of Universities, an organization of the most prestigious research institutions, joined the American Association of University Professors in opposing the boycott. It said the boycott would violate the academic freedom “not only of Israeli scholars but also of American scholars who might be pressured to comply with it.”
We conclude that the American Studies Association overreached. There are limits beyond which even liberal academics are unwilling to go.
When it comes to American universities, one needs to be thankful for the small things… because that is all we are going to get.