Scholarly Publishers Call for Halt to Boycott of Academic Institutions

Boycott of Israeli Academics Not the Way to Promote Peace or Understanding

October 1, 2007: The Board of Directors of the Association of American University Presses has issued a statement protesting the firing of Israeli scholars from two British journals this past summer. The academics were fired from their posts on the editorial boards of The Translator and Translation Studies Abstracts, in response to a call to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest of the Israeli government's actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

AAUP joins the many other American scholarly organizations and academics, including the American Association of University Professors and the president of the Modern Language Association, Stephen Greenblatt, who have condemned this action. AAUP is the world's oldest and largest organization of non-profit scholarly publishers. Since its founding in 1937, AAUP has recognized that preserving the free exchange of ideas is integral to the mission of scholarly publishing.

Statement Calling for a Halt to the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
The Association of American University Presses has noted the circulation of a petition calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions as a means of protesting current Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Most recently, this has led to the firings of Israeli members of the editorial boards of the British journals, The Translator and Translation Studies Abstracts. The Association believes that the boycott of academic institutions serves only to curtail the most basic academic freedom, the free exchange of ideas. It calls upon those who have endorsed this boycott to end their support and to work with the entire academic world to enhance the free exchange of scholarship and ideas. It is only through such exchanges that the means to resolve the world’s awful conflicts can emerge.

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