Monday, April 25, 2005

Regarding "British lecturers boycott Bar-Ilan and Haifa universities", Ha'Aretz, April 25, 2005:
On its website, Britain's Association of University Teachers uses the motto "Unity, diversity, strength" and a picture of some people, apparently very satisfied with themselves and with their politically correct union. As a PhD student at Haifa University, I think is sad that the AUT can only find unity in boycotting a university that draws much of its academic strength through its cultural and religious ( and political ) diversity. You do not have to be a supporter of 'the' occupation to understand how politically irrelevant, counterproductive and unworthy of academics these kinds of easy-chair gestures of pseudo-solidarity are, especially as long as lecturers and researchers from Russia, China, Sudan, Syria, etc., etc. are warmly welcomed by their British colleagues.

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