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U-M Leaders Condemn Academic Boycott Of Israel

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan's president and chief academic officers have condemned moves to boycott Israeli universities over that nation's policies toward the Palestinians.

The American Studies Association recently called for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions as a protest against Israeli government policies and as a way to press for Palestinian rights.

Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Martha Pollack say in a statement that "academic boycotts violate the principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech, which are fundamental to our missions of education and research."

They say Michigan "is committed to continuing and strengthening" its longstanding ties with Israeli universities and institutes. They include collaborations with the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Ben Gurion University, Weizmann Institute of Science and Tel Aviv University.

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