University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono is speaking out against a boycott of Israeli higher education institutions.
The boycott by the American Studies Association — the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history, according to its website — announced the boycott in response to what it says are “human rights violations” regarding Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
In a prepared statement, Ono condemned the boycott, saying it stifled “intellectual freedom.”
“I do not support the American Studies Association boycott of universities and research institutions in Israel,” Ono said. “Political issues notwithstanding, any such action runs counter to the intellectual freedom that lies at the very heart of the academy and the free exchange of ideas that build bridges across humanity.”
In a release from the ASA, officials said the boycott is intended to highlight Palestinian’s lack of “academic freedom.”
“The resolution is in solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and it aspires to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians,” according to the press release.