February 6, 2014 : By Liberty University News Service - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
In response to the boycott of Israel called by the American Studies Association (ASA), Liberty University has reaffirmed its strong support of Israel.
Last December, the ASA, an association comprised of faculty members of American colleges and universities, called on American universities to sever formal collaborative agreements with academic institutions in Israel. (Read a statement from the ASA explaining the boycott.)
Since the ASA called for the boycott, about 200 universities have condemned the action.
“Liberty University strongly opposes these boycotts,” said Liberty President Jerry Falwell, Jr. “Since its founding in 1971, Liberty University has supported Israel. Scores of Liberty students and faculty have visited Israel and collaborated with Israeli academic institutions. We consider these boycotts as nothing more than thinly veiled attempts to delegitimize the state of Israel and to pressure Israel to capitulate to America’s enemies in the Middle East.”
Dr. Randall Price, director of the Center for Judaic Studies at Liberty, recently completed a 10-year archaeological dig with Hebrew University in Qumran. Liberty University School of Law has an Israeli visiting professor on its faculty and sponsors an annual tour of Israel for students. The Stand with Israel student organization has been recognized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as the most active club in the country.
“Liberty University’s support for Israel is longstanding. We continue to stand with Israel,” Falwell said.