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This message is in response to the NATFHE Motion to Boycott Israeli
Scholars. As a member (of 16 years) of the American Association of
University Professors, I urge you to withdraw this motion from
consideration. This is an act which, if passed, would place your union
squarely at odds with the most basic principles of academic freedom. By
the promotion of academic boycotts and political censure, your union
would be actively undermining the open and free exchange of ideas and
standing in opposition to the advancement of human knowledge.
In response to a previous British boycott effort by the AUT, I requested
and received affiliation from Bar Ilan University and Haifa University.
I would therefore request at this time that you add my name to the list
of faculty to which your union's boycott would pertain, if passed. For
the purposes of making it clear that I fit into the boycotted category
of faculty, you should attribute to me any and all opinions which would
place me in the class of individuals who are to be boycotted.
I, for my part, will not boycott anyone for their beliefs in my various
editorial and academic roles (as connected with my membership in the
Linguistic Society of America or as an employee of the University of
South Carolina), but I will be certain to advise my British
correspondents and colleagues of the dilemma that a NATFHE boycott would
place them in, when appropriate.
U of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
International Advisory Board for Academic Freedom,
Associate Scholar, Sign Language Research Lab
Affiliated Professor, University of Haifa
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