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After I wrote about donors to the American Anthropological Association, which is seeking to boycott Israel, Yahoo has clarified that does not plan to contribute to the group in the future, as it did last year. And even as the AAA seeks to exclude Israeli institutions, it has no problem welcoming state institutions of the unfree United Arab Emirates.

A sensible statement from students at Princeton who seek open dialogue and discussion without disruption or civil disobedience.

The American Anthropological Association's decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions is another shameful step by an institution that has an unfortunate history of such acts.

"I have heard reports of vulgar epithets, personal insults, and intimidating actions used both by students who entered the library and students who were already in the library. We are actively investigating all reports of violations of College policy, and will enforce appropriate sanctions."

The American Anthropological Association is seeking to boycott Israeli academic institutions. They want to cut off access for Israeli schools to academic databases published by Wiley & Sons, effectively trying to make an academic publisher a partner to nationality discrimination. At the same time, the AAA's biggest benefactors are companies with major presences in Israel.

In both 1995 and 2015, Princeton student protesters took over the university president's office. In 1995, the university president refused to meet with the protesters while they occupied his office. In 2015, the university president negotiated with the students in his office and signed an agreement promising to take steps toward satisfying their demands -- and then thanked the students for their willingness to work with him.

While his support for freedom of speech on campus is welcome, the administration's record on that issue is troubling.

"Many of the demonstrators then approached the sitting students and chanted 'F**k your white privilege' and 'F**k your white asses,'" one demonstrator reported.

"The passing of this resolution might make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe."

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