Sign the Petition

We the undersigned ask you to sign our petition.

We, the undersigned academics, (faculty, full time and part time, academic staff including librarians, researchers, post doctorates,technicians and technologists, administrators, and trustees) vigorously support free speech and free debate but we oppose faculty or student boycotts of Israel’s academic institutions, scholars and students.

Our opposition is rooted in the following core principles.

1. Academic freedom: The BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement discriminates against Israeli institutions, professors, and students for no other reason than their nationality and the policies of their government. Thus BDS violates the very principle of academic freedom. Academic boycotts such as those promoted by BDS activists “are antithetical to the fundamental principles of the academy, where we will not hold intellectual exchange hostage to the political disagreements of the moment,” according to a statement signed by 300 university presidents in 2007, and additional statements written by over 250 university presidents last year in response to the ASA boycott of Israel. The American Association of University Professors, other academic organizations, and more than forty Nobel Laureates have opposed all academic boycotts for this reason.

2. Truth: The factual record does not support the accusations and narratives of the BDS movement. Many are based on overstatements, cherry picked evidence, outright falsehood, or on disputed or highly biased data.

3. Peace: The two-state solution – which guarantees to both parties mutual recognition – enjoys the endorsement of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and the Arab League. By demonizing and seeking to isolate one of the two parties to the peace process, the anti-Israel BDS movement sets itself apart from the global consensus for peace.

4. Access to World-leading Scholarship: BDS would have the practical impact of undermining academic cooperation and would deprive universities significant Israeli contributions in many academic areas, especially scientific research. It appears that such a loss is immaterial to the leaders in the BDS movement.

Petition Signatures

  • Joseph Mintz (UCL London) signed on June 30, 2015

  • Edwald Martin Pichler (historian, Graz, Austria) signed on March 14, 2015

  • Tibor Sarvari (Fellow) signed on February 19, 2015

  • Franco H. O. Rest (Prof. Dr.) signed on February 5, 2015

  • Marilyn Gelber (retired) signed on January 28, 2015

  • Anonymous signed on January 26, 2015

  • Joan Spielholz (researcher emerita Cornell University) signed on December 28, 2014

  • Richard Polenberg (professor emeritus Cornell University) signed on December 28, 2014

  • Judith Susan Isaacs (Towson University) signed on December 20, 2014

  • Gary Soffer (Florida Atlantic University) signed on December 17, 2014

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