The New York State Assembly has introduced legislation that would end funding to universities boycotting Israel.

The bill would prohibit funds to schools that financially support groups that boycott “countries that host higher education institutions chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.”


Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who introduced the motion this month, said the legislation is “in response to the American Studies Association’s (ASA) boycott of Israel and its academic institutions.”

“Colleges should not use funds to support boycotts, resolutions or any similar actions that are discriminatory and limit academic opportunities,” he said.

The move comes after the ASA, a major American academic body, adopted a boycott of Israeli education sites. If passed, this current bill, which already has support of one-third of the NY assembly, would cut funds to groups like the ASA.