I have been giving a fair bit of attention in this blog to the proposed UCU boycott of Israeli academics, but there is another, more pressing struggle for academic freedom going on in Israel/Palestine. That is the exclusion of many Palestinian students from Palestinian universities: an Israeli ban that prevents all Palestinian students in Gaza from studying in the West Bank, for "security" reasons. This is a gross infringement of academic freedom, experienced directly and concretely by Palestinian students, and is utterly inexusable, whatever the security situation.
To their credit, Israeli universities - and Israeli intellectuals at large - are protesting vigorously against the ban.
I should also point out that - as with the Engage website - my criticism of this Israeli policy is not some cynical ploy to portray myself as even-handed; this is not the first time I have written about this issue.
Bonus link: Gisha