Israel Academic Boycott Resources
Return to Boycott Resources Main Page and Table of Contents
Article Source: The Guardian , by Benjamin Joffe-Walt, Friday May 12, 2006
Britain's largest lecturers' union is expected to reignite an international controversy about academic freedom with a new call for a boycott of Israeli lecturers and academic institutions which do not publicly oppose "Israeli apartheid policies".
The motion will be put to representatives of the 67,000-strong National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (Natfhe) at its national conference at the end of the month.
The motion "invites members to consider their own responsibility for ensuring equity and non-discrimination in contacts with Israeli educational institutions or individuals, and to consider the appropriateness of a boycott of those that do not publicly dissociate themselves from such policies".
A year ago the smaller Association of University Teachers (AUT) overturned a boycott of Bar-Ilan and Haifa universities in Israel after international protest. "They haven't learnt the lesson from last year," said Ronnie Fraser, a union member and director of Academic Friends of Israel.
Critics point out that over the past decade Israel has been the only country whose academics have been targeted by a Natfhe boycott campaign. "Would we say to American academics that we won't accept you unless you have been publicly against the Iraq war and the Bush administration's foreign policy?" said Emanuele Ottolenghi, of Oxford University's centre for Hebrew and Jewish studies. "It's a disturbing loyalty test."
The Israeli ambassador, Zvi Heifetz, said: "Such an initiative only serves to distance Natfhe members from other academics, and particularly from those working towards coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians."
The AUT's annual conference this week did not include a boycott resolution.
Please tell us about your favorite links and we will review them for inclusion.
Copying - Please do copy these pages, and especially these links to your Web site, giving credit toZionism on the Web www.zionismontheweb.org
Thank you.Please link to our Sister Web sites - at http://www.zionism-israel.com Information about Israel and Zionism and http://www.zionism.netfirms.com The Zionism Pages
Wikipedia article about Zionism- A comprehensive article including the history of Zionism as well as links to specific topics and articles about anti-Zionism.
Zionism - Table of contents at the Jewish Virtual Library
Zionism article at Infoplease
Zionism - Definition and Brief History - A balanced article that covers the definitions and history of Zionism as well as opposition to Zionism and criticisms by Arabs, Jewish anti-Zionists.
Labor Zionism - Early History and Critique- Contribution of Labor Zionism to the creation of the Jewish state, and problems of Labor Zionism in a changing reality.
The US Library of congress has a comprehensive and balanced set of articles about Zionism:
Zionist Precursors - US Library of Congress
Political Zionism - US Library of Congress
Cultural Zionism - US Library of Congress
Labor Zionism - US Library of Congress
Revisionist Zionism - US Library of Congress
Essential Texts of Zionism
Jewish Agency Zionism pages - Links to basic information about Zionism from the Jewish Agency
Ambassador Herzog explains Zionism in the UN
Active Zionism - A Zionist advocacy site with many useful links
Realistic Religious Zionism - moderate religious Zionist Web site