Florida Universities Join In Condemning Academic Boycott Of Israel

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News Release: Associated Press News

MIAMI (AP) -- Florida International University has joined a growing list of schools opposing academic sanctions against Israel.

The nonprofit American Studies Association proposed the boycott last week over the country's treatment of Palestinians, particularly scholars and students.

FIU Provost Douglas Wartzok told The Miami Herald that it doesn't make sense to protest the lack of academic freedom for one group by limiting it for another.

The University of Florida and the University of Miami have also opposed the boycott by the American Studies Association, the nation's largest group devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history. So too have the leaders of Harvard, Yale and Penn State universities.

About one-third of the association's more than 3,800 members voted on the issue of the largely symbolic boycott.

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