After spending many weekends on the street calling for a boycott of Israel, I was suddenly faced with the urgent and practical question to whether I should work for an Israeli academic who’d got in touch with me. It was hideous making the choice. And it threw me back to considering the ethics of the boycott – something which it is very easy not to consider when surrounded by the semi-friends that one acquires within campaign groups, and will never contact again once one leaves the circle.
Campaigning groups are vastly overrated.
I am working through what I think of the boycott. I’m using this blog as a filing cabinet where I collect and annotate source material. When I have enough, I’ll work it up into something coherent.
At the moment, I think the boycott is right; the question is whether I can defend this. I don’t know if I can.