WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed January 15, 2014
UK and U of L Presidents Oppose Academic Boycott of Israel
The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest universities have joined opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
The American Studies Association passed a controversial resolution last month that rejects Israel’s policies against Palestine and calls on members to boycott the country’s colleges and universities.
That’s drawn a sharp response from U.S. college presidents and education groups who oppose any such ban.
Last week, University of Louisville President James Ramsey said any boycott could hinder academic collaboration and prevent positive outcomes, like cures for new diseases.
This week, University of Kentucky President Eli Capiluto joined Ramsey and nearly 200 other college presidents, saying campuses should by a place for civil discourse and dialog.
“I think the opportunity to foster those discussions on a campus should be something that is precious," the UK president said.
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie said he would withdraw his school’s ASA membership.
Congressman John Yarmuth and Senator Mitch McConnell say they also oppose the boycott.