Monday, May 29, 2006

Selective Boycotts And Undiscriminating Discrimination From Academia

Cathy Young notes the double standard exhibited by those who vote to boycott Israeli academic institutions based on "apartheid policies."

Are these boycotts anti-Semitic? Maybe not, but, as I noted the other day, they are hypocritical, sanctimonious, and deeply wrong. No one is demanding a boycott of Russian academics over Russia's occupation of Chechnya and the atrocities committed there (which dwarf, to put it mildly, Israel's human rights abuses in the occupied territories). Or, as Ari Paul points out in an article at, a boycott of Chinese academics because of the occupation of Tibet and other assorted abuses by the Chinese regime. Or ... sadly, the list could go on and on.

In what could this double standard possibly be rooted? Read the whole thing.

And what action could/should the American Association of University Professors take?