The Right Coast

May 04, 2005
 
Action Against the British Anti-Israel Boycott
By Maimon Schwarzschild

Emanuele Ottolenghi writes, with appropriate anger, about the British Association of University Teachers' boycott of Israeli scholars and scholarship. Ottolenghi himself teaches at Oxford. The boycott, which evokes memories of the Nazi boycotts of German Jews, has indeed a slimy totalitarian air. This should be no surprise. The AUT is a college-level teachers' union in Britain: it is effectively a plaything of the academic left.

The AUT's attitude toward the State of Israel and towards the Jewish people is, of course, all too common nowadays, especially among the "chattering classes", in Britain as well as on the European continent.

David Bernstein, at the Volokh Conspiracy, passes along the following email from anti-boycott Scholars for Peace in the Middle East with practical suggestions on how to oppose the boycott:
-- Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Working With Bar-Ilan and Haifa Universities To Develop International Affiliate Faculty Status in Protest of Boycott by British --

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East is working with department heads and deans at Bar-Ilan University and Haifa Universities to develop a mechanism for affiliate faculty status at both Universities for faculty members from around the world to show support for these two important institutions targeted by the British Association of University Professors. It is important that institutionally based full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty of good will to support our faculty colleagues in Israel by requesting affiliate faculty status.

Academics are being asked to submit a letter requesting an affiliate appointment to each university with a resume/CV to ScholarsforPeace@aol.com.

In addition, colleagues are urged to write to the Association of University Teachers in the United Kingdom to express their condemnation of the boycott and to advise them that they are seeking affiliate status with these universities. Those letters should go to:

AUT Headquarters: hq@aut.org.uk ; AUT General Secretary Sally Hunt, sally.hunt@aut.org.uk; AUT President Angela Rogers, president@aut.org.uk, Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs, Brian Everett, brian.everett@aut.org.uk with a copy to Doctor Ed Beck, President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, ScholarsforPeace@aol.com
I have done what Scholars for Peace are urging. I urge you to do likewise!