New York University

Statement by NYU President John Sexton opposing boycott of Israeli academics

June 15, 2007

"I was deeply disappointed by the vote of the University and College Union in Great Britain proposing a boycott against Israeli academic institutions.  It is an idea that NY rejects completely, for such a boycott- at heart a disavowal of the free exchange of ideas - is antithetical to the values and tenets of institutions of advanced learning.

"I am proud to say that on June 1, just a day or two after that vote was held, NYU announced that it was moving forward with plans to establish a new Study Abroad site in Israel in conjunction with Tel Aviv University.  Though the timing was fortuitous, I was pleased by it, believing that a demonstrated rejection of the boycott vote is the strongest possible response."

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