If you thought the islamisation of college campuses was purely an american phenomenon, then think again.
In Great Britain, moves are being made by the University and College Union to cut all contacts with Israeli scientists, academics and researchers. The UCU is holding its annual congress this week and one of the points on the agenda will be the suggestion that all cooperative scientific and academic research must be driven by political ideology and that contact with the Israeli intelligencia should be hampered to the point of non-existence.
This idiotic suggestion comes from, wait for it, Palestinian trade unions and has its roots in the Palestine-Israel conflict. Some of the members backing the move want this to be standard practise throughout the whole EU, thereby stopping any scientific or cultural exchange with Israel.
There are, of course, those amongst the members of the UCU that do not support this stupid suggestion and they are quick to point out that one cannot give all the academic institutions in Israel the blame for the present conflict. They also suggest that the UCU increase contact with Israeli and Palestinian institutions of higher learning. Though how the Palestinians would contribute is beyond me. Hamas is not really reknowned for its higher education policies and the “University of Gaza”, if such a thing exists, is probably a training centre for terrorists. Intellectually speaking, not too beneficial to the advancement of the human endeavour.
The UCU is also being asked to define rules for the eventual exclusion of any research institute in the future, should this be “necessary”.
How stupid can this be? Should the Israeli scientists, among the world’s best, discover a cure for AIDS, heart disease or cancer, could it be imagineable that the rest of the world would not be interested in it merely because it was done in Israel? Nonsense. Only an idiot would not be interested in the sharing of new knowledge, or new research results. However, the Islamic world is not reknowned for its scientific achievements either, believing them to be unclean and ungodly. Which would make sense if you go back to the origins of this ridiculous suggestion being put to the UCU. The truly incomprehensible bit is, that it has some support.
It should be noted, this is not the first time that British academics are attempting to break ties with Israel. A couple of years ago, they took a rather controversial decision to ban all research results from Israeli universities from scientific conferences and journals.
And these are supposed to be intelligent people? The text of the proposal is brought to you here:
30 Composite: Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions University of Brighton, Grand Parade; University of East London, Docklands
Congress notes that Israel’s 40-year occupation has seriously damaged the fabric of Palestinian society through annexation, illegal settlement, collective punishment and restriction of movement.
Congress deplores the denial of educational rights for Palestinians by invasions, closures, checkpoints, curfews, and shootings and arrests of teachers, lecturers and students.
Congress condemns the complicity of Israeli academia in the occupation, which has provoked a call from Palestinian trade unions for a comprehensive and consistent international boycott of all Israeli academic institutions.
Congress believes that in these circumstances passivity or neutrality is unacceptable and criticism of Israel cannot be construed as anti-semitic.
Congress instructs the NEC to
* circulate the full text of the Palestinian boycott call to all branches/LAs for information and discussion;
* encourage members to consider the moral implications of existing and proposed links with Israeli academic institutions;
* organise a UK-wide campus tour for Palestinian academic/educational trade unionists;
* issue guidance to members on appropriate forms of action.
Time for a new title: Acadhimmic.
Link: UCU congress