The Right Coast

May 17, 2005
Hands Across the Aisle Against the Boycott
By Maimon Schwarzschild

US academics, including many on the political left, are condemning the boycott of Israeli scholars and universities that left-wing academic unions are fomenting in Britain. Here is a post on one anti-boycott petition now circulating: there are already more than 4,200 academic signatures, including Todd Gitlin (whom I admire very much), Juan Cole (whom, otherwise, I don't), Richard Rorty, and many others.

As the post notes, the British boycott had been condemned by the American Association of University Professors; and also by the Middle East Studies Association, which is not a Zionist front, to put it mildly.

Full credit, and all honour, to each of these individuals and groups.