The University of Pennsylvania distanced itself from a BDS conference scheduled for February on its Philadelphia campus

In a statement released last month, Penn President Amy Gutmann emphasized that the school is not sponsoring the 2012 National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference, nor does it support its aims.

“The University of Pennsylvania has clearly stated on numerous occasions that it does not support sanctions or boycotts against Israel,” Gutmann said. “Indeed, Penn has important and successful scholarly collaborations with Israeli institutions that touch on many areas of our academic enterprise.”

The conference, slated for Feb. 3-5, aims to marshal support for coercive economic measures in an effort, according to its website, to “bring an end to Israel’s system of oppression, segregation and dispossession.”

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