These various organizations that seek to punish Israel and it’s academics because of its alleged denial of Palistinian rights need to extend their focus to all nations suppressing the rights of their minorities. But, if they did that in support of their principles, they would be boycotting most of the world’s nations. Is there a single Arab nation that supports academic freedom or the civil rights of its people or its minorities? What about a boycott of Russia and China, of most African nations? As a retired academic, I support academic freedom and civil rights, but I apply my values universally, not to one nation. Why make Israel the prime target? Is there a tendency toward myopia in this case? All other repressive nations get a pass. Let’s target the Jews instead. They’re used to it.
Jan 4 2014 - 10:04am