Thursday, May 26, 2005


AUT's Israeli academic boycott overturned.

Excellent news.

The Beeb is, in my view, adhering a little too closely to its strict codes of balance in this instance, painting it as a generally divisive issue when to all intents and purposes the divide seems to be between some British communist types and pro-Palestinian activists along with a rather obscure lobbying group based out of Ramallah on the one hand and the entire rest of the world, including the overwhelming weight of the actual Palestinian higher education system on the other.

Sue Blackwell, the key mover behind this deeply unedifying period in academic history, had the following to say:

"We won the moral argument. They just won the vote."

On the contrary, Sue. The only thing you succeeded in doing was making me temporarily embarassed to be British.


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