Rep. Eliot Engel, the New York Democrat who is also the most senior politician from his party on the House Foreign Relations Committee, criticized the American Studies Association decision on Monday to launch an academic boycott of Israel.
"I simply fail to see how cutting off ties to Israeli universities furthers the interests of peace and coexistence," said Engel. "Ironically, many within the Israeli academic community are strong and vocal proponents of peace -- and are simply being boycotted due to their nationality and academic affiliation."
"I would note that Israel is the first country to be boycotted by this academic organization, which has chosen to stay silent on the slaughter in Syria, the continued imprisonment of democracy activists in Iran, or the scores of other dictatorships around the world," the congressman said. "Yet once again we see this unfair double standard applied to Israel.”