UK university and college lecturers union attempt a boycott of Israeli universities and professors

Posted by: ST on May 9, 2006 at 8:47 pm

No, I’m not kidding. The news of this intellectual bigotry comes courtesy of Haaretz Daily:

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.

In April 2005, the British Association of University Teachers (AUT) decided to impose an academic boycott on Bar-Ilan and Haifa universities, but subsequently reversed the decision. The two lecturers organizations are slated to merge at the beginning of June.

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.

“The conference invites members to consider their own responsibility for ensuring equity and non-discrimination in contacts with Israeli educational institutions or individuals, and to consider the appropriateness of the boycott of those that do not publicly dissociate themselves from such policies,” the NATFHE motion states. It also encourages lecturers to hold meetings on the issue on campus.

‘Apartheid policies’

The motion explicitly says NATFHE will recognize Israeli policies, while at the same time denigrating them as “apartheid policies, including construction of the exclusion wall and discriminatory educational practices.”

Glenn Reynolds wonders if anti-Semitism is at play here.

I like Tigerhawk’s suggestion:

There is only one acceptable response to this boycott. The American Association of University Professors, the American counterpart of the British National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE), should immediately declare a boycott of any professor, from any country in the world, who declares his support for NATFHE’s policy or acts in any way in furtherance of it. People such as the leaders of NATFHE must understand that they have forfeited their credibility as scholars, turned the stomachs of people who might otherwise respect them, and trampled on the principle of academic freedom. This boycott is simply shameful.

Yep.

And very telling about the priorities that are in place the British university educational system.

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  1. benning says:

    I also agree with Tigerhawk. Is Glenn Reynolds sleeping? Of course it’s a form of anti-smitism – specifically anti-Jews. Nothing new about that in Academe, especially British Academe.

    I doubt any Profs in this country would boycott their counterparts no matter what they dreamed up. All of these groups are hot-beds of Socialism and Communist Dogma. Anti-Israel is a permanent stance for these creeps.

  2. stackja1945 says:

    Hitler stills lives!:(

  3. Severian says:

    There is only one acceptable response to this boycott. The American Association of University Professors, the American counterpart of the British National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE), should immediately declare a boycott of any professor, from any country in the world, who declares his support for NATFHE’s policy or acts in any way in furtherance of it.

    That would be a perfect response, but the chances of it happening are slim to none. The hard left is in almost complete control of academia in the US, and more than likely the response will be to support the UK policy, and attempt to replicate it here. And, of course, to insist that anyone who resists or complains undergo mandatory political re-education training (aka “diversity sensitivity training”) or be thrown under the bus and fired or expelled.

    Such is the nature of academic “freedom” these days…fascism is alive and well on our college campuses.