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The Detroit Jewish News, 2007-08-09

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In a column titled
"Universities are built on the
bedrock of academic freedom"
posted on the Michigan State
Web site (www.umich.edu) on
July 31, President Simon writes:
"At issue is whether free intel-
lectual exchange and scholarly
activity should be casualties
of political disagreements and
whether the threat of withholding
them is an appropriate political tool.
We say no.
"In fact, we say that if the UK's UCU
proceeds with such a boycott, they
should apply it to our universities, as
well, because we stand in solidarity
with those scholars who would be
On the University of Michigan Web
site (www.umich.edu ), President
Coleman writes: "It is in the nature of
academic boycotts directly to impede
academic freedom and the intellectual
discourse that are at the heart of our
mission in higher education. I believe
the call for a boycott is at best deeply
misguided and antithetical to funda-
mental academic values.
"At the University of Michigan, we
have many valued connections with
colleagues in Israel; and I for one am

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to be surrounded
by friends."



prepared to stand in solidarity with
Israeli academics in the face of a boy-
cott, should it come to pass:"
Wayne State University President
Irvin Reid, who has consistantly
refused calls to divest university
investments from Israel, was quick to
respond to the controversy.
"I fully endorse the statement
recently circulated by Columbia
University President Lee Bollinger
protesting the United Kingdom's
University and College Union's deci-
sion to support the principle of a
boycott against Israeli academics and
academic institutions:' said Reid.
"This fundamentally indefensible
action targets the very institutions we
entrust to protect freedom of speech
and encourage public debate and inap-
propriately uses them for political
ends." Li

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