- The American Association of University Professors released a statement Friday responding to recent boycotts of Israeli academic institutions by the Association for Asian American Studies and well-known physicist Stephen Hawking.
- The statement backs up the stance AAUP took on academic boycotts beginning in 2005.
- The organization noted that individual scholars like British physicist Stephen Hawking have a right to act on their own views, but that organized academic boycotts by groups like the Association for Asian American Studies were another matter, expressing disappointment in the organization's April vote to support the boycott.
From the article:
... The American Association of University Professors, as an organization, neither supports nor opposes Israeli government or Palestinian policies, although many of our members certainly have strong beliefs on one side or the other. However, the AAUP does stand in opposition to academic boycotts as a matter of principle. ...