British academia’s Israel problem.
The week's news at a glance.
British academics have identified the enemyand once again, its the Jews, said The Jerusalem Post in an editorial. The biggest union of university professors voted last week to consider a boycott against Israeli professors and colleges. The move is so blatantly unprofessional, misinformed, and misguided that it is more of a mark of shame on the institutions that promulgated it than on the Jewish state. Of all nations in the world, why single out democratic Israel for censure, rather than a repressive society such as Sudan or China or Turkmenistan? A boycott against Israel alone is obviously anti-Semitic in effect, if not necessarily in motivation. Fortunately, Israelis arent the only ones appalled at Britains bigotry. A kind of counter-boycott has already sprung up among American Jews. Nobel-winning physicist Steven Weinberg turned down an invitation to speak at the Imperial College in London because of what he called a widespread anti-Israel and anti-Semitic current in British opinion. Lets hope such bold stands will make British professors question why they support the side engaging in suicide bombings.