Who benefits from EU-Israel academic cooperation?
David Cronin, The Electronic Intifada, 10 March 2011
Although I’m currently unimpressed by the content of Ali Abunimah’s objections to Chomsky, empirical evidence is relevant to assessing whether the boycott is justified, and here’s a whole bunch of it (there’s even more in the Alternative Information Center’s report on Israeli universities and the Occupation, available here, and which I’ve not yet read).
The problem will be: mere fact of university involvement in sustaining the Occupation and Israel’s massive arms trade will not be enough to warrant a general boycott without also warranting a general boycott of most other universities. And what fault is it of a philosopher in Tel Aviv university, or in LSE, if other institutions are contributing to violent oppression? –But perhaps they are at fault.