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Arieh Lebowitz, Communications Director of the Jewish Labor Committee, writes Thursday at 5:03 p.m. that --

We've just received word that the Executive Council of the American Federation of Teachers* yesterday adopted following resolution:

Executive Council Resolution

The Association of University Teachers (AUT) and Boycotts of Israeli Universities

WHEREAS, consistent with its long-standing position as a stalwart supporter of academic freedom:

RESOLVED, that the AFT call upon the AUT to reverse its position espousing a boycott of Haifa University and Bar-Ilam University. Boycotting universities and their faculty is anathema to academic freedom.

May 18, 2005


* The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers. It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.

The AFT has more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates, and more than 1.3 million members.


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