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Source: AFI Press Release
29th May 2006
NATFHE is following a dangerous path
The Academic Friends of Israel condemns NATFHE’s decision to go ahead with a boycott of Israeli academic Institutions and academics. It encourages a course of action which ignores the complexities on the ground and binds and pressurises members into actions which are undemocratic and McCarthyite in spirit. This only brings dishonour and sheer ridicule upon NATFHE which can be rightly called and remembered as a racist and discriminatory union.
In spite of today’s setback, The Academic Friends of Israel consider personal boycotts are wrong and will continue with our policy of exposing academics who boycott Israeli Institutions and academics. We believe that anyone who pursues such an action is breaking discrimination and equal opportunities legislation as well as University rules and their own contacts of employment.
Ronnie Fraser, director of the Academic Friends of Israel, commented:
"There are countless Palestinian and Arab collaborations with Israel in agriculture, medicine, science, and many other fields; as well as burgeoning links between academics in this country and Israel. If the sponsors of this boycotting campaign succeeded in something, it is only to undermine further progress, collaboration and peace in the Middle East and to marginalise the standing of NATFHE, it successor union, the UCU and British academia”
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