MIAMI (AP) - Florida International University has joined a growing list of schools opposing academic sanctions against Israel.
The nonprofit American Studies Association voted to endorse the boycott last week over the country's treatment of Palestinians, particularly scholars and students.
FIU Provost Douglas Wartzok told The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1btCs8V ) Thursday that it doesn't make sense to protest the lack of academic freedom for one group by limiting it for another.
The University of Florida and the University of Miami have also opposed the boycott by the American Studies Association, the nation's largest group devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history. So too have the leaders of Harvard, Yale and Penn State universities.
About one-third of the association's more than 3,800 members voted on the issue of the boycott, with about 66 percent in favor of the largely symbolic act. The association said it was the largest turnout in its history. Professors from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Southern California, as well as Stanford, Tufts and Cornell universities were among those who endorsed the academic boycott.
In a statement accompanying its endorsement of the boycott, the association wrote: "The ASA condemns the United States' significant role in aiding and abetting Israel's violations of human rights against Palestinians and its occupation of Palestinian lands through its use of the veto in the UN Security Council."
It also cited "the extent to which Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that violate human rights..."
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com
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