British Professors Approve Israel Boycott

Move Slammed by Jewish Activists, but Anti-Zionist Says He’s Been Blackballed
Rebecca Spence, Jewish Forward, Fri. Jun 01, 2007

Britain’s largest teachers union voted this week to boycott Israeli academic institutions, setting the stage for a bitter struggle to reverse the decision. The University and College Union, representing more than 120,000 college-level educators, voted May 30 to pass a controversial resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academics and universities, as well as a moratorium on European Union funding of Israeli research.

At the same time, a professor in America was painting himself as the victim of an Israeli university’s own version of political blackballing. Yigal Arens, a University of Southern California computer science professor who is an outspoken critic of Israel , said this week that his invitation to an upcoming conference at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was rescinded as a result of what he described as his anti-Zionist views. The NATO-sponsored conference, set to take place June 4-5, is being billed as an apolitical event that will explore the role of the Internet in combating terrorism.

The accusation from Arens, left-wing son of right-wing former Israeli defense minister Moshe Arens, comes as America ‘s mainstream Jewish community is mobilizing to defeat the academic boycott.


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