Stephen Howe (Features, May 6) believes that the activities of which Bar-Ilan and Haifa universities stand accused are far too complicated for the AUT conference to judge.
This kind of argument is trotted out on numerous occasions when Israel stands accused of any contravention of international law or infringement of human rights.
We are told, in effect, that we should mind our own business and not meddle in matters that outsiders cannot understand.
However, those who voted for a boycott understand only too well what Israel has done, and continues to do, to Palestinians and are determined to make a gesture of solidarity with them.
It is unreasonable to expect conference delegates to be informed about all the intricate details of particular cases before making a decision to act.
As we have recently discovered, much less is expected from national politicians.