September 9, 2007 | Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
The late-May anti-Israeli resolution at the first conference of the University and College Union (UCU) in the United Kingdom launched a new round in the debate on boycotting Israel. The anti-Israeli actions do not seem to derive from genuine concerns about the Palestinians’ fate. This can be gauged by the boycotters’ indifference to what happens to Palestinians elsewhere. The battle over the academic boycott has now been internationalized, as many consider that major academic issues rather than
October 21, 2003 | Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
Since early 2002, a variety of attempts to boycott or discriminate against Israeli academic institutions and scholars have been undertaken in several Western countries. These include proposals such as the divestment of Israeli securities, ostracizing Israeli academics, refusal to publish or review Israeli academic papers, hampering the career of pro-Israeli scholars abroad, etc. Several of the campaigns have anti-Semitic motifs. Many actions are initiated by university lecturers.