The concept of boycotting academics in other nations because one disagrees with the actions of their government is controversial and raises issues concerning academic integrity. Of all the nations in the world, the UK lecturer’s union has single out Israel as the only one which abuses human rights due to its policies toward Palestinians. The union wanted all relations ended with Israeli academics and dissemination of information which defends the actions of the Palestinian government. In 2007, a motion calling for an Israel boycott passed but was then over turned. Perhaps, the UK lecturer’s union can explain why no boycott motion has ever been passed against academics in :
Burma whose government has killed hundreds and imprisoned academics and political opponents.
Sudan which has killed over 200,000 and encouraged the rape of thousands of women.
Iran which has killed women for adultery and sent police onto university grounds to beat up students and harass professors.
Zimbabwe whose government is among the most tyrannical in the world.
Cuba which imprisons academic opponents as well as gays.
Syria whose government killed at least 20,000 Sunnis and imprisons opponents
Of course, the UK lecturer’s union never suggested any boycott of Iraq when Saddam Hussein was in power and killing academics.
The UK lecturer’s union is bigoted. Secondly, why are Israeli academics being boycotted even though many have protested brutality against Palestinians? How does a “boycott” further aims of extending academic freedom?
Perhaps, the lecturers might consider actions by the Egyptian government to refuse purchase of books that present an opposing view of their approach to Israel. Perhaps, the lecturer’s union might explain why Saudi Arabia is not subject to a boycott, given its anti-female policies and bigotry against Christians.
Let’s be blunt. The UK lecturer’s union is led by anti-semites. If they aren’t, then Israel academics who fight for human rights are entitled to know why their nation is the ONLY on being identified for a boycott?
P.S. Do the lecturer’s have any views on the Congo which has witnessed the death of five million people?