Thursday, June 28, 2007

More on the academic boycott debate

John Chalcraft, from the LSE, presents an opinion in favour of the academic boycott:

An international, non-violent movement supporting divestment, sanctions and boycott of Israel is gathering strength. The question for British academics is whether they too should refuse to do business as usual with Israeli academic institutions. At stake is not the boycott of individual Israelis, nor some political test, but the withdrawal of institutional collaboration - in relation to funding, visits, conferences, joint publication and the like - with Israeli universities.

Click here to read in full (as well as an argument against the boycott)

1 comment:

William said...

Everywhere boycotts occur - whether effective as (arguably)in the case of apartheid South Africa or counter productive as in the case of Saddam's Iraq - they are in my view an expression of evil. The Israeli boycott of Hamas, though understandable, falls into this same category. To boycott someone = to refuse to deal with them. It increases prejudice and hatred and is profoundly wrong