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British academic boycott of Israel gathers pace Dec. 12th, 2002 10:34 am

From: ciphergoth
Date: December 12th, 2002 - 04:03 am (Link)
Hmm. I can see not going to conferences in Israel (something I worry about; a lot of crypto expertise is in Israel and it'd be quite natural to hold conferences there, but they don't...) but not accepting their papers is bonkers. And would be very bonkers in my field.
From: katishna
Date: December 12th, 2002 - 04:45 am (Link)
I don't think I understand from that article *why* they're boycotting Israel. If anything, academics should be communicating better when governments are doing stupid stuff.
From: mhw
Date: December 12th, 2002 - 03:24 pm (Link)
Yeah, like academics have much influence over foreign policy.

I find rejecting papers merely on the basis of someone's nationality repugnant.

From: feanelwa
Date: December 12th, 2002 - 06:17 am (Link)
Oh, for fuck's *sake*.
First off, i don't know which of my lecturers & supervisors are from Israel and frankly i don't care, because they do Science, not politics, and if they did politics they'd be building bombs. Yes, i know that's different to Political Geography rejecting a paper, but the point is still there somewhere. And for heaven's sake. Political Geography? The purpose of a journal is to report on developments in its subject, not to decide things in the subject based on the production team's personal preference. If that happened in my subject there would be a massive fuss and rightly so.

Secondly a proposal to boycott Israeli academics was thrown out of the Cambridge Student Union as racist, unnecessary and pathetic, and i think it is. Being from a country doesn't make you evil or stupid, being evil or stupid makes you evil or stupid. I thought the world had learnt at least that from the Second World War, but obviously not.