Academic boycott of Israel: follow-up to the BMJ‘s debate
BMJ 2007;335:234-235 (4 August).
Why just Israel? As a Palestinian I know at first hand the damage done by calling to boycott Israel, academically or economically. Not only does it validate everything the Palestinians are saying, including support for suicide bombing, it is hurting any chance of peace and is taking away any chance for help from Israel. Maybe if the world wants to help they should have the courage to boycott the Arab countries until they give the Palestinians living there citizenship status and maybe some rights.
BY: Saleem Abdallah, political analyst, West Bank, Palestine
Boycott proposers often state that boycotting South Africa worked, so why not Israel? The glaring difference is that whereas supporters of the apartheid regime supported the ideology, Israelis as a whole have voted in at least the last three elections against the occupation and in favour of a two state solution. I also feel there is no substitute for meeting the “enemy” directly—for example, at academic meetings, as happens regularly in Israel and elsewhere, and breaking down stereotyping, something which Tom Hickey seems determined to restrict.
BY: Andrew Fink, consultant ophthalmologist, Ra’anana, Israel
The motion’s scope needs to be widened: what about Palestinian academia, which has consistently failed to condemn state sponsored acts of terror and violence against unarmed citizens both inIsrael and Palestinian territories? If you really care about the fate of these two states, you should apply the same measureto both sides.
BY: Ehud Emanuel, citizen, Israel