More than 100 deans of U.S. universities have said they oppose the academic boycott against Israel instituted by the American Studies Association.
The schools include some of the leading academic institutions in the U.S., including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Boston University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Connecticut and University of Texas, among others. The schools are joined by the American Association of University Professors, comprising some 48,000 professors, and the Association of American Universities in their opposition to the boycott.
Four universities -- Brandeis University, Indiana University, Kenyon College and Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg -- announced they planned to withdraw altogether from the ASA as a result of the boycott decision.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations sent letters to university deans throughout the U.S., calling on them to oppose the ASA resolution and the boycott of Israel.
"This is now a clarion call to reject the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and assure that American campuses are not subverted for extremist political ends," an official statement by the group said.
In December, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren called on Congress to legislate a bill against academic boycotts of Israel.