Resolutions concerning an academic boycott of Israeli scholars

The following is a partial list of resolutions which have been passed by official bodies and others concerning an academic boycott of Israeli scientists.

  • The International Council for Science (ICSU) is an umbrella institution for organizations such as the International Mathematical Union (IMU). Its "Standing Committee on Freedom in the Conduct of Science" (SCFCS) adopted the following resolution on August 23, 2002.

  • The Council of the American Mathematics Society (AMS) met on January 14, 2003. The full agenda is available here. See section 6 and p. 12 and 14. The first resolution, an endorsement of the principles of free scientific exchange as expressed in the International Mathematics Union's Resolution 7 of August 17, 2002, was passed unanimously. The second resolution passed was an endorsement of the spirit of the principles express in the recent Statement on the Critical Importance of Continuing International Collaboration in Science from the Council of the National Academy of Sciences, August 27, 2002. A recommendation to endorse the ICSU resolution and the statement of the APS was not passed. The April 2003 issue of the Notices contains information on the Council decision, see here.

  • A motion (B-02-69) was passed at the Canadian Mathematics Society (CMS) Board meeting on December 7, 2002. It reads: "That the CMS endorse the Statement by ICSU/SCFCS regarding Israeli Scholars."

  • A new motion of January 27, 2003, of Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) together with an "explanation".

    • The original December 16 anti-Israeli resolution of the "Conseil d'Administration de l'Universite" of Paris VI, as well as the infamous letter to the Guardian of April 6, 2002, calling for a European boycott of research and cultural links with Israel, and numerous other such things may be found here.

    • The by now famous letter of Professor Claude Cohen-Tannoudji to Le Monde on January 5, 2003, may be found here. There is also a translation into Hebrew.