NY lawmakers fault boycott of Israeli universities
ALBANY — Two New York legislators say they'll introduce a bill aimed at cutting off state aid to public and private universities participating in the American Studies Association because of the group's decision to boycott Israeli universities.
State Sen. Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat, and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Brooklyn Democrat, call the boycott "targeted discrimination against Israel that betrays the values of academic freedom."
The association has about 5,000 members involved in studies of American culture and history. It says two-thirds of 1,252 members who voted endorsed the resolution.
It calls for an academic boycott of Israeli universities, saying they are complicit in Israel's discrimination against Palestinian students and scholars, who are denied academic freedom.
State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher says SUNY opposes academic boycotts especially this one.