The NUJ boycott: where it's at
Doctors' voices against boycott
Less than a week until my trade union, the University and Colleges Union (UCU), will be debating a boycott of Israel at its national congress.
Sensible Israeli academics get shouted down at UEL by pro-boycotters
Professor Miriam Schlesinger of Bar Ilan University, a former head of the Israeli branch of Amnesty International, said the atmosphere was "very extreme". It was clear, she said, that the UCU members had not come to listen to the arguments, but to make speeches condemning Israel.Here's a report of the visit by the same delegation to Brighton university, another boycott stronghhold. And here's the anti-boycott material they have prepared.
The professor, who in 2002 was removed from the editorial advisory board of an academic journal at the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology because of her nationality, said: "A boycott against Israel will achieve no useful purpose." Dr Jonathan Rynhold, a lecturer in politics, said that the meeting at East London had an undercurrent of hostility.
Extra link: slightly hyperbolic editorial in Ha'aretz
(Hat tips: Arieh, also Keith)