More roadblock than roadmap 2

May 20, 2005

The boycott against Israel is no more racist than the boycott against South Africa was. It is disgraceful that opposition to the Israeli state's racist policies is equated with anti-Semitism. An academic boycott is a peaceful action of solidarity in the struggle for human rights and an end to racist oppression. Israel has consistently flouted international law, therefore the only option is to apply pressure to force Israel to respect UN resolutions and international standards of human rights. The boycott excludes conscientious Israeli academics and intellectuals opposed to their state's colonial and racist policies and is supported by brave Israeli academics such as Ilan Pappe and Tanya Reinhart.

Farid Ali
Swansea

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