Archives: November 2002
Tue Nov 26, 2002
Israel's killing of British citizen Iain Hook, UNRWA's Project Manager in Jenin
In today's reinvasion of Jenin Refugee Camp, the Israeli Occupation Forces made the bottom section of the camp into a closed military zone in the morning, using about twelve tanks, ten jeeps, and at least two Apache helicopter gunships. I had been trying to get between the unarmed children and the tanks, when I received a call from a friend who wanted me to evacuate her sick daughter as the Army would not let any ambulances through. More...
Sun Nov 17, 2002
The War on Academic Freedom
The year since Congress passed the USA Patriot Act has brought an ever-growing enemies list from our nation's thought police. First there was Senator Joseph Lieberman and Lynne Cheney's American Council of Trustees and Alumni report unveiled last November--"Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are Failing America and What Can Be Done About It." The forty-three- page document purports to advocate the preservation of academic freedom and dissent while being all about suppressing both when the views expressed conflict with blind support for US foreign policy More...
Profs Who Hate America
AMERICANS broadly agree on two facts about the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq: its brutality and the danger it poses to themselves, especially the danger of nuclear attack. Disagreement arises primarily over what to do: Take out the regime now? Give Baghdad another chance? Follow the United Nations' lead? More...
Revenge of a Child
Since last Sunday, a question has been running around in my head and troubling my sleep: What induced the young Palestinian, who broke into Kibbutz Metzer, to aim his weapon at a mother and her two little children and kill them? More...
Blair vows to end dons' boycott of Israeli scholars
Tony Blair has told Britain's Chief Rabbi that he will "do anything necessary" to stop the academic boycott of Israeli scholars at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (Umist).
The Prime Minister told Jonathan Sacks during a private meeting in Downing Street that he was "appalled" by evidence of discrimination on British university campuses, according to his aides.
Fri Nov 15, 2002
British Publisher Refuses to Sell Book to Israeli University
St. Jerome Publishing, a British company, has refused to sell one of its books to an Israeli university, as part of a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
St. Jerome, an academic press specializing in translation studies, is owned by Mona Baker, a faculty member at the University of Manchester. More...
Fri Nov 08, 2002
Umist should abandon boycott 'witch-hunt'
The university should stop hounding Mona Baker and defend scholarly freedom, say Michael Cohen and Colwyn Williamson.
Translation studies is a discipline that does not normally attract attention, but Mona Baker, a professor at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, has been thrust into the limelight. She was denounced by public figures ranging from the novelist Howard Jacobson to Estelle Morris, the former secretary of state for education, and the "psychic" Uri Geller. Her photograph in the Jewish Telegraph appeared beneath a headline about "race-hate". More...
Wed Nov 06, 2002
The ad hominem distractions of America's liberals
It's a crafty argument.
Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says the critics of Israel who are leading a petition campaign on North American campuses to persuade universities to divest from companies that do business with Israel are singling out the Jewish state (Treatment of Israel strikes an alien note, The National Post, November 4, 2002). More...
Fri Nov 01, 2002
Board denounces publishing firm
The Board of Deputies said this week it was considering calling for a boycott by British academics of a Manchester-based publisher which is refusing to supply its specialist publications to Israeli universities.
Editorial Statement, The Translator
Editorial Statement (The Translator, Volume 8, No. 2, 2002)
Since April of this year, a number of petitions endorsing variant forms of an academic boycott against Israel have been signed by hundreds of academics across the world. On 16 April, the executive of the largest union of university teachers in Britain, NAFTHE (National Association for Teachers of Higher Education), resolved “that all UK institutions of higher and further education be urged immediately to review – with a view to severing – any academic links they may have with Israel. Such links should be restored only after full withdrawal of all Israeli forces, opening of negotiations to implement UN resolutions and the restoration of full access to all Palestinian HE and FE institutions”. Similar movements, including calls for divestment from Israel, have been gathering momentum on US and other campuses.