The Israeli Academic Boycott

A boycott of Israeli universities and their academic by-products is underway across Europe, organized by European and American academics who revile the Sharon government’s hardline policies in the occupied territories. One of the main targets of the boycott is Neve Gordon, who fires back that “Israeli universities continue to be an island of freedom surrounded by a stifling and threatening environment. In the past two years the Israeli media, which was once known for its critical edge, has been suppressing critical voices… To fight the anti-intellectual atmosphere within Israel, local academics need as much support as they can get from their colleagues abroad.”