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Hey boys and girls!

 

Do you know what time it is?

 

That’s right..it’s boycott time!

The academic and cultural boycott of Israel debate is likely to return this month as the trade union conference season, that began in April and culminates with the Trade Union Congress in September, continues.

 

The Association of University Teachers (AUT), which last year passed a motion calling for a boycott of the University of Haifa and Bar-Ilan University before it was eventually overturned, holds its conference this week.

 

It is believed the AUT will not have a boycott motion on the agenda, however a commission, set up by its Special Council after the overruling of the boycott motion, will propose that a boycott be used as a last resort and only implemented when requested by a trade union at a university or college concerned.

 

At the end of May, the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE), the largest university and college trade union in the UK, will discuss two motions at its annual conference.

 

One of them calls for academic responsibility, noting “the continuing Israeli apartheid policies, including construction of the exclusion wall, and discriminatory educational practices.”

Here’s my favorite part..

It calls on union members to “consider their own responsibility for ensuring equity and non-discrimination in contacts with Israeli educational institutions or individuals and the appropriateness of a boycott of those that do not publicly dissociate themselves from such policies.”

Yep. Nothing shouts out equity and non-discrimination in contacts with Israeli educational institutions like boycotting them. (I am guessing non-discrimination means boycotting every single one of them, without exception?)

 

But it gets even more ridiculous.

The other motion acknowledges the victory of Hamas in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections: “The conference condemns the hysterical reporting of the result by most of the British news media and the outrageous bias shown by UK government statements against the outcome of a democratic process.”

So in other words, Israeli academic institutions that do not publicly dissociate themselves from the government’s policies (such as the construction of a security fence to defend her citizens against terror attacks) should be boycotted. And the Hamas government, whose policies include orchestrating terror attacks, and calling for Israel’s destruction, must be supported.

 

So it’s no surprise that the AUT also call for supporting palestinian institutions that do not publicly dissociate themselves from their government’s policies.

It also calls for the protection and support of Palestinian academic institutions “in the face of continual attacks by Israel’s government.”

Interesting, because I could have sworn it was the Israeli academic institutions attacked by the palestinian Hamas government.

 

All of this insanity leads me to the only possible logical conclusion: they just plain hate us.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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