Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Boycott of Israeli lecturers

Haartz via Norm. Another reason why it feels like 1938.
The largest university and college lecturers union in Britain is likely to decide shortly to recommend that its 67,000 members boycott Israeli lecturers and academic institutions that do not publicly declare their opposition to Israeli policy in the territories.

The boycott motion, which was drafted by the southeast region of the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE), will be brought to a vote at its annual national conference, which will be held May 27-29. It comes about a year after the last boycott by British lecturers.
Unlike the previous boycott, which targeted
two specific institutions, the current motion relates to all lecturers and academic institutions in Israel. Now that the University of Haifa has threatened the AUT with a lawsuit, the NATFHE motion is more cautious: instead of recommending the lecturers union boycott Israeli institutions, it calls on the union to suggest its members carry out the boycott.


That whack said...

Are you saying that one cannot be against the policies of Israel without being anti-semitic?

Bill Baar said...

Israelis are against policies of the Israeli government.

But why should British Universities Union demand this test of Isreeli speakers: they they.. publicly declare their opposition to Israeli policy in the territories.

That's asked that of no other group of people. That's asked only of Jews.

Antisemitism once demanded a world without Jews.

Now it demands a world without a Jewish State.

It feels like 1938 for me too...

As it races to acquire nuclear weapons, Iran makes clear that if there is any trouble, the Jews will be the first to suffer. ''We have announced that wherever (In Iran) America does make any mischief, the first place we target will be Israel,'' said Gen. Mohammad Ebrahim Dehghani, a top Revolutionary Guards commander. Hitler was only slightly more direct when he announced seven months before invading Poland that, if there was another war, ``the result will be . . . the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.''

Bernard Lewis, America's dean of Islamic studies who just turned 90, confessed recently that he feels it is 1938 again. He did not need to add that in 1938, in the face of the gathering storm, the world did nothing.

When Iran's mullahs acquire their coveted nukes in the next few years, the number of Jews in Israel will just be reaching six million. Never again?

Jason H. Bowden said...

I find it amusing that those who want to liquidate the Jews in Palestine always equivocate about how anti-Zionism isn't anti-semitism. If someone wants to remove the six or seven million people in Israel because (gasp!) Jews are living there, that person is an anti-semite.

Either that, or they are bigtime doublethinkers. Hamas wants to drive the Jews into the Mediterranean, anti-Zionists want Hamas to return to Israel, but they think this will won't result in ethnic cleansing? Who are we kidding?

nullo said...

jason, haven't you got israeli population wrong? that number seems to high. anyway, full solidarity with israeli lecturers. i dont like boycotts, but i might myself cut all relations to uk academics who join the boycott.
being against israeli policies (and it is still very unclear what that means) and boycottin every single academic who isn't are two very different things. also i dont get why they would only boycott only them. im not against israeli policies, whatever that means... why don't they stop working with me too?