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I wonder if those advocating a boycott of the Israeli academic establishment would care to boycott Zvi Erfat? Oren Yiftahel? Uri Davis? Any takers? After all, each holds a position at an Israeli university. They've also recently signed a petition … Read More

By / June 8, 2007

I wonder if those advocating a boycott of the Israeli academic establishment would care to boycott Zvi Erfat? Oren Yiftahel? Uri Davis? Any takers? After all, each holds a position at an Israeli university. They've also recently signed a petition from an interesting group called Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine that takes the notion of an 'architecture of oppression' quite literally:

We share the international condemnation of the continuing annexation and fragmentation of Palestinian land through the expansion of illegal settlements and outposts and the construction of the Separation Wall in defiance of international law.

We hold all design and construction professionals involved in projects that appropriate land and natural resources from Palestinian territory to be complicit in social, political and economic oppression, and to be in violation of their professional ethics.

These are the people the boycotters want to snub. To anybody who still thinks this kind of "activism" makes any sense, click the 'Times Ad' link at the top of the list of signatories and note the character of this petition. It is one of solidarity between British and Israeli academics. Novel idea, that. I wish saying so were as sarcastic and cliché as it might appear–unfortunately, it's just the deadpan truth.

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