I was deeply disappointed by the vote of the University and College Union in Great Britain proposing a boycott against Israeli academic institutions. It is an idea that NYU rejects completely, for such a boycott at heart a disavowal of the free exchange of ideas is antithetical to the values and tenets of institutions of advanced learning.
I am proud to say that on June 1, just a day or two after that vote was held, NYU announced that it was moving forward with plans to establish a new Study Abroad site in Israel in conjunction with Tel Aviv University. Though the timing was fortuitous, I was pleased by it, believing that a demonstrated rejection of the boycott vote is the strongest possible response.
NYU President John Sexton has signed onto the AJC statement. To view AJCs current list, please click here