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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!


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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)

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the U.S. correspondent for The Jewish Press. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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