July 9, 2002

BRITISH STUDENTS ARE PROTESTING THE FIRING OF TWO ISRAELI ACADEMICS:

The sacking of Israeli academics from two scholarly journals is “nothing short of racist”, says the National Union of Students. . . .

The union said the action had “shocked and horrified” the student movement – and it said that individual academics could not be held accountable for the actions of their countries.

“To target individual academics for the actions of a government will lead to a complete loss of academic freedom of speech, irrespective of the issues.

“To target these two will eventually lead to a biased representation of the situation, therefore stifling debate and discussion at all levels,” said the union’s Michelle Codrington.

Maybe there’s hope after all.

UPDATE: Nick Denton emails:

This is actually quite surprising. When I was at university, NUS was always far left, and very anti Israel. They probably still are, but at least consistent enough to attack racism.

Bravo for that.

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