Friday, April 29, 2005


/*"Engage*/ was set up in response to the Association of University
Teacher’s decision to
take steps towards an academic and cultural boycott of Israel
/*Engage */opposes Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. We are
in favour of the foundation of a Palestinian state alongside the state
of Israel. We do not believe that Israel is an ‘illegitimate state’. We
are for reconciliation between Israeli Jews and Palestinians.
*1 . /Engage /opposes the idea of an academic or cultural boycott of
*2 . /Engage/ aims to encourage, facilitate and publicise positive links
between Israeli, Palestinian, British and global academia. /Engage/ is
for closer engagement, not boycotts.*
*/3 . Engage/ stands up against antisemitism in our universities, in our
unions and in our students unions. *"

Especialy provocative is:

Howard Jacobson on anti-Zionism

*Thursday, April 28th, 2005* at *5:18 am* by *Administrator*

Allow me, in the light of the Association of University Teachers
decision to boycott Israeli Universities, to voice a heresy.
Anti-Zionism *is*, after all, anti-Semitism.

I say after all because until now I have always resisted the conflation
of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. I have suffered very little
anti-Semitism personally, and don’t find it under every stone. I don’t
think Jews, by virtue of their victimization in the past, have any right
to expect exemption from the usual rough and tumble of opinion. And I
don’t consider it a mark of ill will towards Israel - indeed it might
well denote the very opposite - to oppose its policies when they are

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