Statement in Solidarity with Israeli Academics


I have signed the following Statement in Solidarity with Israeli Academics,
and strongly urge you to do so:

We are academics, scholars, researchers and professionals of differing religious and political perspectives. We all agree that singling out Israelis for an academic boycott is wrong. To show our solidarity with our Israeli academics in this matter, we, the undersigned, hereby declare ourselves to be Israeli academics for purposes of any academic boycott. We will regard ourselves as Israeli academics and decline to participate in any activity from which Israeli academics are excluded.


Whatever your position on the situation in the Middle East, academic boycotts are a bad idea. They do nothing to improve the situation, affect people who may well not agree with the policies of their government, and interfere with what is often one of the few forms of peaceful communication between hostile groups.


Moreover, boycotts of Israel are extraordinarily selective. However imperfect Israel may be, it is still by far the freest and most democratic country in the Middle East and affords greater political rights to Arabs than any other country in the Middle East. Unlike other Middle Eastern countries, academic freedom prevails in Israel.
Israel has no interest in conquering its neighbors or in engaging in genocide, unlike many of its neighbors who are explicitly committed to the destruction of Israel and the elimination of the Jewish people, not to mention Baha’is, Christians, and those who belong to the wrong branch of Islam. To single out Israel is bizarre and reveals the motivation for such boycotts as, at best, ignorance, and more likely, anti-Semitism and/or opposition to freedom, democracy, and the values of the Enlightenment.

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