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Draft Letter to University Presidents on ASA Boycott

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Dear {University President's Name},

I strongly oppose the recent decision by the American Studies Association (ASA) to adopt a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. As {an alumn[a/us] / a member of this community}, I urge you to publicly condemn this boycott and follow the lead of Brandeis University and Penn State Harrisburg by canceling any institutional or individual memberships {University Name} may have in ASA.

The ASA purportedly pursued the boycott—despite opposition from the American Association of University Professors—in the name of academic freedom. However, the act of restricting academic collaboration inherently contradicts the resolution's intended goals. Israel, as the only democracy in the Middle East, is a champion of these ideals—supporting the open discourse that occurs on Israeli campuses and countless partnerships with other academic institutions in the region and around the world. Of all the countries that could be singled out, I am extremely dismayed that ASA would target Israel, and yet remain silent about Iran, North Korea, Syria, or Sudan. This academic boycott was initiated and supported by proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to tarnish and delegitimize the State of Israel.

Israel is a pioneer and an innovator in agriculture, medicine, technology, and more. I encourage you—and all American academic institutions—to actively pursue collaborations with Israeli academia for the benefit of all of us. At a time when negotiations are underway, we must oppose destructive actions like boycotts in favor of constructive dialogue in order to pursue a future of peace in the Middle East.

Thank you again for your leadership, and I urge you to withdraw all support from ASA and any other academic associations that may seek to unfairly target Israel and the principles of academic freedom.

Sincerely,

{Your Name}

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