WASHINGTON, D.C. – Illinois Congressmen Peter Roskam (R) and Brad Schneider (D) joined a bipartisan coalition of House lawmakers to condemn the American Studies Association’s (ASA) academic boycott of Israel, calling it bigoted and an affront to academic freedom.
“We come together—Democrats and Republicans alike—to strongly condemn the ASA boycott, which undermines academic freedom and exhibits flagrant prejudice against the Jewish State of Israel,” said the House lawmakers. “This boycott doesn’t advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but only reinforces dangerous stereotypes that limit mutual understanding and cooperation—two things that should be at the very heart of our academic endeavors. We therefore cannot tolerate these ignorant smear campaigns to isolate Israel and deteriorate the historic U.S.-Israel relationship.”
The ASA boycott has been widely condemned by hundreds of universities and scholars, as well as the Association of American Universities, American Association of University Professors, and the American Council on Education.
Text of the letter is below and a PDF of the signed letter can be found here.