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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

British academics fail ethics test

According to Ha'aretz Daily, England's largest university and college lecturers union is about to recommend a boycott of Jewish Israeli "lecturers and academic institutions that do not publicly declare their opposition to Israeli policy in the territories." The 67,000 member National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) will vote on the anti-SemiticIsraeli boycott at its national conference in at the end of the month.

NATFHE members had voted last year to impose a boycott on two JewishIsraeli universities, but reversed themselves after one of the institutions threatened legal action. They seemed to have learned from their mistake, though:
Unlike the previous boycott, which targeted two specific institutions, the current motion relates to all lecturers and academic institutions in Israel. Now that the University of Haifa has threatened the AUT with a lawsuit, the NATFHE motion is more cautious: instead of recommending the lecturers union boycott Israeli institutions, it calls on the union to suggest its members carry out the boycott.

"The conference 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 the boycott of those that do not publicly dissociate themselves from such policies," the NATFHE motion states. It also encourages lecturers to hold meetings on the issue on campus.

The motion explicitly says NATFHE will recognize Israeli policies, while at the same time denigrating them as "apartheid policies, including construction of the exclusion wall and discriminatory educational practices."
And here's a fun fact:
In the past decade, the only country whose academia NATFHE has considered boycotting is Israel.
Yep. No boycott of the state-controlled institutions of Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iran, or Syria. Only the policies of the JewsIsraelis are so evil that the very presence of their academia cannot be tolerated.

The union appears to be calling for a boycott of reality, as well:
In addition to the boycott motion, the annual conference will also discuss a motion condemning the "outrageous bias" of the British government in opposing Hamas' victory in the Palestinian elections and stating that NATFHE will "continue to help protect and support Palestinian colleges and universities in the face of the continual attack by Israel's government."
Arab terrorist organization, good: JewsIsraelis, bad. Of course, of course. How did I miss that? Well played, NATFHE! This is just another example of how superior Europe is to our backwoods nation. Kudos to you, sirs. And kudos again!

And don't you dare call them anti-Semitic. This has nothing to do with the Jews. Nothing at all...nothing at are gettin sleepy...

What these not-very-intelligent academics fail to realize is that by holding the JewsIsrael to higher standards than their Arab neighbors, they are paying the JewsIsrael a compliment and at the same time denigrating Arab culture. The JewsIsraelis, you see, are capable of enlightenment, while you just can't expect those primitive dark-skinned Arabs to behave in a civilized manner, T.E. Lawrence and all that, they don't even like toast don't you know, eh, wot?


(Via Instapundit)

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