Statement of 41 Nobel Laureates on Academic BDS Actions

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Statement of 41 Nobel Laureates on Academic BDS Actions Against Israeli Academics, Israeli Academic Institutions and Academic Centers and Institutes of Research and Training With Affiliations in Israel

Believing that academic and cultural boycotts, divestments and sanctions in the academy are:

  • antithetical to principles of academic and scientific freedom,
  • antithetical to principles of freedom of expression and inquiry, and
  • may well constitute discrimination by virtue of national origin,

We, the undersigned Nobel Laureates, appeal to students, faculty colleagues and university officials to defeat and denounce calls and campaigns for boycotting, divestment and sanctions against Israeli academics, academic institutions and university-based centers and institutes for training and research, affiliated with Israel.

Furthermore, we encourage students, faculty colleagues and university officials to promote and provide opportunities for civil academic discourse where parties can engage in the search for resolution to conflicts and problems rather than serve as incubators for polemics, propaganda, incitement and further misunderstanding and mistrust.

We, and many like us, have dedicated ourselves to improving the human condition by doing the often difficult and elusive work to understand complex and seemingly unsolvable phenomena. We believe that the university should serve as an open, tolerant and respectful, cooperative and collaborative community engaged in practices of resolving complex problems.

altman
Sidney Altman
Yale University
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1989
walter-kohn
Walter Kohn
University of California, Santa Barbara
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1998
Kenneth-Arrow
Kenneth Arrow
Stanford University
Nobel Prize in Economics, 1972
Roger-Kornberg
Roger D. Kornberg
Stanford University
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2006
Robert-Aumann
Robert J. Aumann
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Nobel Prize in Economics, 2005
Harold-Kroto
Harold Kroto
Florida State University
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1996
mario-capecchi
Mario Capecchi
University of Utah
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2007
Finn-Kydland
Finn Kydland
University of California, Santa Barbara
Nobel Prize in Economics, 2004
Aaron-Ciechanover
Aaron Ciechanover
Technion
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2004
Leon-Lederman
Leon Lederman
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1988
Claude-Cohen-Tannoudji
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
École Normale Supérieure
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997
Tony-Leggett
Tony Leggett
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Nobel Prize in Physics, 2003
Robert-Curl
Robert Curl
Rice University
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1996
robert-lucas
Robert Lucas, Jr.
University of Chicago
Nobel Prize in Economics, 1995
edmond-fisher
Edmond H. Fischer
University of Washington
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1992
rudolph-marcus
Rudolph A. Marcus
California Institute of Technology
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1992
Jerome-Friedman
Jerome Friedman
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1990
Eric-Maskin
Eric Maskin
Institute for Advanced Study
Nobel Prize in Economics, 2007
andre-geim
Andre Geim
Manchester University
Nobel Prize in Physics, 2010
Roger-Myerson
Roger Myerson
University of Chicago
Nobel Prize in Economics, 2007
Sheldon-Glashow
Sheldon Glashow
Boston University
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979
George--Olah
George A. Olah
University of Southern California
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1994
david-gross
David Gross
University of California, Santa Barbara
Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004
Douglas-Osheroff
Douglas Osheroff
Stanford University
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1996
James-Heckman
James Heckman
University of Chicago
Nobel Prize in Economics, 2000
Martin-Perl
Martin L. Perl
Stanford University
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1995
Avram-Hershko
Avram Hershko
Technion
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2004
Stanley-Prusiner
Stanley B. Prusiner
University of California, San Francisco
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1997
Roald-Hoffman
Roald Hoffman
Cornell University
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1981
Andrew-Schally
Andrew V. Schally
University of Miami
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1977
Russell-Hulse
Russell Hulse
University of Texas, Dallas
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1993
Richard-Schrock
Richard R. Schrock
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2005
Tim-Hunt
Tim Hunt
London Research Institute
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2001
Phillip-Sharp
Phillip A. Sharp
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1993
Daniel-Kahneman
Daniel Kahneman
Princeton University
Nobel Prize in Economics, 2002
Steven-Weinberg
Steven Weinberg
University of Texas, Austin
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979
erick-kandel
Eric Kandel
Columbia University
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2000
Elie-Wiesel
Elie Wiesel
Nobel Peace Prize, 1986
Lawrence-Klein
Lawrence Klein
University of Pennsylvania
Nobel Prize in Economics, 1980
Torsten-Wiesel
Torsten Wiesel
Rockefeller University
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1981
george-smoot
George F. Smoot
Universite Paris Diderot,
Ewha Womans University
University of California at Berkeley
Nobel Prize in Physics, 2006

Statement of 41 Nobel Laureates on Academic BDS Actions

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