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Congressional Letter: Academic Boycott of Israel is ‘Thinly Veiled Bigotry’

A congressional letter slams the American Studies Association's academic boycott of Israel as antithetical to academic freedom and as "thinly veiled bigotry." UPDATED!

Cong. Peter Roskam IL-6(R), one of 4 House members who initiated letter condemning ASA boycott of Israel

Cong. Peter Roskam IL-6(R), one of 4 House members who initiated letter condemning ASA boycott of Israel
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Both Roskams‘ and Deutch’s offices were collecting the names of additional congressional representatives who wish to have their names included on the ASA letter.

UPDATE A legislative assistant to Cong. Roskams contacted The Jewish Press to say that as of late Friday afternoon there were already 46 members of congress who have signed the letter.  The drafters of the letter are confident that there will easily be 50 members of the House of Representatives, representing both sides of the house, who sign in support of the letter denouncing the ASA for its decision to boycott Israel.

The following are the additional members of congress who signed the letter as of late Friday, Jan. 10:

Charles Dent PA-15 (R), Tulsi Gabbard HI-12 (D), Michael Grimm NY- (R), Alcee Hastings FL-20 (D), William Keating MA-9 (D), Adam Kinzinger, IL-16 (R), Pat Meehan PA-7 (R), Devin Nunes CA-20 (R), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL-27 (R), Chris Smith NJ-4 (R)

UPDATE MON. JAN.13  The following congressional leaders have signed the letter to the ASA since Saturday evening:

Julia Brownley CA-26 (D), Rodney Davis IL-13 (R), John Delane MD-6 (D), Ron DeSantis FL-6 (R), John Fleming LA-4 (R),
Lois Frankel FL-22 (D), Joe Garcia FL-26 (D), Tim Griffin AR-2 (R), Gene Green TX-29 (D), Brian Higgins NY-26 (D), Steve Israel NY-3 (D), Joseph Kennedy MA-4 (D), Robert Latta OH-5 (R), Nita Lowey NY-17 (D), Carolyn Maloney NY-12 (D), James McGovern MA-2 (D), Steve Pearce NM-2 (R), Commish. Pedro Pierluisi, PR-0 (D), Jared Polis CO-2 (D), Jan Schakowsky IL-9 (D), Aaron Schock IL-18 (R), Allyson Schwartz PA PA-13 (D), Fred Upton MI-6 (R), Frederica Wilson FL-24 (D)

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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11 Responses to “Congressional Letter: Academic Boycott of Israel is ‘Thinly Veiled Bigotry’”

  1. Jason Green says:

    More unethical and distorted reporting here. Check the nyt story of record on line for December 15 2013. Marez followed the 5 words mudslinging propagandists love to quote by saying the asa boycotts israel because it is the largest recipient of US said and because the asa was responding to a call from Palestinian civil society that they had not received from any other nation. The desire on the part of the right to argue by distorting and mudslinging is telling. Sad if you think that’s your best argument.

  2. Who Cares. GOD Is On Their Side and HE IS ALL THEY NEED!!

  3. Jason Green says:

    It’s interesting that my comment is still awaiting moderation when another has been published. It will be really interesting to see if you will print it or if you won’t because you’re worried it will undercut the propaganda. Marez didn’t “simply” say 5 words though that makes for a better story to get people all worked up. New York Times, dec 15 2013 story of record quotes Marez as saying Israel is the largest recipient of us aid and asa was responding to a call from Palestinian civil society, a call that had not been made to asa by others. The “simple” distorted quote is a lot more fun if you are trying to demonizes someone without confronting what they actually said, but I would hold out for telling the truth as a moral and ethical imperative. Google the nyt story of record to see the truth,since apparently you won’t get it here

  4. you can boycott all medical & technical discoveries

  5. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Am using Twitter to thank those Senators/Representatives for their support of this letter.

  6. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Just sent out about ten tweets to representatives. Will continue tomorrow.

  7. Judy Shapiro says:

    The academic BOYCOTT is ANTI SEMITISM.
    Call 202-224-3121 and urge your member of Congress' support

  8. Dan Silagi says:

    Thinly veiled? It's not veiled at all.

  9. Tal Brody says:

    Thank you Congress . The ASA decision was ridiculous & unjust and is causing the organization to lose all its credibility. The UK has even upgraded their programs with academic institutions in Israel. At the end of the day, the ASA
    of which the majority of its members that voted haven't even been to Israel, will unfortunately, be the big losers. Someone should send them the Palestinian textbooks to wake them up and btw, more than 19 countries have fences and they are countries that don't even have suicide bombers trying to blow up Jewish, Christian and Muslim men, woman & children indiscriminately. The ASA doesn't even take notice of the amount of Christians that suffering and being discriminated & slaughtered in Muslims countries.

  10. Not "thinly veiled" at all … Blatant anti-semitism!

  11. Janet Vadas says:

    This is just another example of political correctness gone wild. An attempt to gain popularity from the far left with no regard for truth or fairness. I call on all academics to break with this organization over this blatant hypocritical slur.

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