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SAN DIEGO ADL WELCOMES STATEMENT FROM UCSD CHANCELLOR REJECTING AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION VOTE TO BOYCOTT ISRAELI INSTITUTIONS
San Diego, CA – December 19, 2013 … The San Diego office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed a statement from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Chancellor Pradeep Khosla “clearly rejecting the odious concept of academic boycotts and reaffirming the university’s commitment to the principles and ideals embodied in the free exchange of ideas.” We commend Chancellor Khosla for his leadership in promptly responding to the recent vote to boycott Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association (ASA), whose president, Curtis Marez, is an associate professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at UCSD. Tammy Gillies, Regional Director, issued the following statement:
We appreciate Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s statement clearly rejecting the odious concept of academic boycotts and reaffirming the university’s commitment to the principles and ideals embodied in the free exchange of ideas. The Chancellor has restated in unequivocal terms the university’s commitment to preserving and enhancing academic freedom at UCSD and reaffirmed the importance and rights of faculty to participate in open dialogue and collaboration around the globe.
Boycotting Israeli academics and Israeli institutions solely because they are Israeli is profoundly unjust. The free exchange of ideas is vital to any democracy and a foundational element of open academic discourse. The ASA boycott resolution is antithetical to basic principles of academic freedom and counterproductive to the goals of peace.
ADL once again calls on academic institutions across the United States to enhance their existing relationships with Israeli universities and research institutions and stand resolutely in support of open exchange, dialogue and study.
ADL condemned the resolution calling this vote “intellectually dishonest” and in violation of the fundamental tenets of academic freedom.
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