Statement on American Studies Association (ASA) Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
The following statement was written by President Mordechai Rozanski with the concurrence of Provost DonnaJean Fredeen.
Rider University has a long and valued history of international partnerships and scholarly exchanges with colleges and universities around the world. In this context, we are disappointed by the ASA resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions, and we join the Association of American Universities, the American Association of University Professors, the American Council on Education and some 100 universities and colleges in strongly rejecting this boycott. It is plainly antithetical to the principle of academic freedom and contrary to the free exchange of ideas and institutional collaborations, which are so essential to the advancement of scholarly activity. While we clearly affirm that academic freedom affords all academics the right to freely express divergent views, boycotts inevitably impair higher education’s core mission.
Additionally, allow me to offer a personal comment. As the son of Holocaust survivors, who with his family found refuge in Israel for some years, I view the singling out of Israeli universities for academic shunning and isolation as invidious.