Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) Opposes Ariel University Center Boycott

By Scholars For Peace In The Middle East, PRNE
Saturday, January 15, 2011

MIAMI, January 16, 2011 - The Board of Directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME),
in keeping with its position of opposing academic boycotts in general, and
opposing those against Israeli academics and academic institutions in
particular, issued the following statement in response to the recent
announcement of 160 Israeli scholars to boycott Ariel University Center.

The statement reads:

Since 2005, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and scores of thousands
of faculty members, including over 40 Nobel Laureates, have stood firmly
against all academic boycotts, including boycotts of Israeli academics and
Israeli academic institutions. Such boycotts are antithetical to principles
of academic freedom, scholarly exchange and access to knowledge and research.
The recently proposed boycott of Ariel University is not an exception. We
hereby reaffirm our stand against academic boycotts.

Approved by the SPME Board of Directors, January 13, 2011

Governed and directed by academics, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
(SPME) is a grass-roots community of nearly 60,000 university and college
professors, researchers, administrators, teachers, librarians, and students
on more than 4000 campuses worldwide. SPME has approximately 40 chapters in
North America, Europe, and Australia, and is forming chapters in Latin

SPME is an independent, not-for-profit organization chartered in the
State of Pennsylvania under provision 501(C) 3 of the US tax code.

    Edward S. Beck
    President-Emeritus, SPME
    Co-Editor, SPME Faculty Forum
    Chair, SPME Task Force on Boycotts Divestments and Sanctions

Sam Edelman, +1-530-570-8137 cell, spmeexecdir at

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