More roadblock than roadmap 4

May 20, 2005

I'm glad the AUT is reconsidering its boycott of Israeli universities. But it comes too late for me. After almost 20 years'

membership I resigned two years ago because the union was devoting more time to demonising Israel than to representing members' interests.

I'm disgusted that the AUT, indifferent to the many bloody dictatorships around the world, should single out the Jewish democracy for special punishment.

It remains a mystery why we should support the Palestinians who planted a bomb in the Hebrew University canteen and not the Israelis killed and mutilated by that bomb.

My only consolation is that the AUT can no longer claim to speak on behalf of the many UK academics like myself who have given up on it.

Paul Julian Smith
Cambridge University

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