ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA Statement on the ASA’s Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

December 17, 2013

It’s no wonder that the public is losing trust in the academy since too many faculty no longer endorse unfettered discussion and debate.

The American Studies Association’s decision to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions sets a dangerous precedent and amounts to the dismantling of academic freedom in favor of political posturing. The boycott paves a slippery road where academic organizations plug their ears and close their eyes toward opposing ideas. Denying Israeli academic organizations’ ability to be heard because of the perceived actions of the state is at best ludicrous, and grotesquely discriminatory.