Monday, June 25, 2007

Chancellors of Berkeley, Columbia have a very good idea 

Berkeley chancellor says that those in Britain who wish to boycott Israeli universities should also boycott Berkeley and other American universities. Well, yes. He has a point. American and Israeli universities should indeed be boycotted.

...if you seek to isolate Israeli universities then you must also include Berkeley, along with Columbia, in your boycott. We stand with all — including Prime Minister Tony Blair and British higher education officials — who have rightfully and strongly condemned this effort.

He's exactly right, though he doesn't understand what he's saying. The reasons for boycotting Israeli universities are excellent. But they are also reasons for boycotting American ones. And actually, despite himself, the chancellor makes a point against those in Britain proposing the Israeli boycott. What is the justification for targeting only Israel?


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