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David M. Rosen, Professor of Anthropology and Law

In a message dated 6/5/2005 5:43 PM. Eastern Standard Time, Professor David M. Rosen

Ms. Sally Hunt, General Secretary
Prof. Angela Roger, President
Mr. Brian Everett, Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs
Association of University Teachers (AUT)

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to voice my anger and dismay at the AUT resolution to boycott Israeli universities. I strongly urge the AUT to reconsider its position which, if left to stand, will be an historic black mark against academic freedom in the United Kingdom. I taught at Ben Gurion University in Israel and carried out research in Israel for many years. Israel is one few places in the world where open debate and social criticism are central to academic and public discourse. The idea that leading institutions that promote debate and dissent would be targeted by the AUT undermines the cause of academic freedom and human rights around the world.

I am aware that on May 26th there will be a special meeting of the AUT which will give the AUT the opportunity to reject the boycott once and for all. I hope the AUT leadership will take the lead in bringing this unhappy episode to an end.

Very truly yours,

David M. Rosen, JD, PhD
Professor of Anthropology and Law
Fairleigh Dickinson University

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