Letters to the Editor
Response on Assembly Action
Psychiatric News
Volume 42 Number 14 page 28-30

The letter to the editor in the June 1 issue by Dr. Michael Cleary, titled" Politics Detract From Position Statements," criticizes an Assembly action (subsequently approved by the Board of Trustees and announced in a statement issued in a press release by APA's Office of Communications and Public Affairs). Dr. Cleary complains about recent Assembly actions, commenting that the Assembly's "condemnation of the action of a group of British teachers [calling for a boycott of persons and organizations that do not disassociate themselves from Israel's Palestinian policies] is the most troubling..... [I]t would seem that the Assembly reacted in a knee-jerk fashion to criticism of Israel. The teachers' action was eventually withdrawn, but the Assembly went ahead with its condemnation." He goes on to urge the Assembly and APA to "steer clear of pronouncements on foreign conflicts.... and to avoid the perception that APA favors one side or the other."

We call Dr. Cleary's attention to the actual language of the action item and the press release and also call his attention to the following facts:

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