Archives: December 2002

Tue Dec 24, 2002

800 American professors sign document warning of coming Israeli ethnic cleansing

Earlier this year, 187 Israeli professors signed an "Urgent Warning" letter titled "The Israeli government may be contemplating crimes against humanity." As of today, 800 American professors have signed a similar document, warning of coming Israeli ethnic cleansing. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Dec 24, 02 | 9:55 pm

Sun Dec 15, 2002

Boycott of work by Israeli scientists 'could cost lives'

The development of life-saving new medical treatments could be under threat because of the British boycott of Israeli academics, leading scientists and research organisations are warning. More...

Posted by: Ed Howard on Dec 15, 02 | 2:17 pm

Sat Dec 14, 2002

Don't play the nutty professor with David Irving

Professor Mona Baker, the leader of the movement to boycott Israeli academics, is in cahoots with Britain's leading anti-semitic lunatic, David Irving. More...

Posted by: Ed Howard on Dec 14, 02 | 12:13 pm

Thu Dec 12, 2002

British academic boycott of Israel gathers pace

Evidence is growing that a British boycott of Israeli academics is gathering pace.

Posted by: Ed Howard on Dec 12, 02 | 10:13 pm

'It's water on stone - in the end the stone wears out'

This summer, a little-known Manchester academic caused an international storm when she sacked two Israeli scholars from the editorial board of her journal. But was it an isolated freelance protest - or the first skirmish in a wider academic boycott? More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Dec 12, 02 | 3:37 pm

Sun Dec 08, 2002

Who Hates, Ya, Baby? The Baffling Patriotism of Daniel Pipes

Daniel Pipes waves Old Glory with an air of menace. He writes stuff like "Profs Who Hate America". He names names and asks, "Why do American academics so often despise their own country while finding excuses for repressive and dangerous regimes?" These profs, he tells us, "consider the United States (not Iraq) the problem". He's much too smooth to actually call them unpatriotic. He trusts his readers to understand that he's found a nest of apologists for terror, who turn against their country in its hour of need. His Middle East Forum also runs the campuswatch.org site, which outs academics caught in political misbehavior. He says that "The time has come for adult supervision of the faculty...". This terrifies me. Jeez, the last thing I want is adult supervision!(*) More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Dec 08, 02 | 9:33 pm

Mon Dec 02, 2002


Palestinians are "Semites," but the word antisemitism is never applied to prejudice against them, only to Jews. The restriction on the application to Jews, and failure to use it in reference to Palestinians, continues in the face of the fact that prejudice against Jews has sharply diminished in the West from the era of Hitler, and that the Arabs have displaced them as target of anti-"Semite" hostility. Thus the usage itself reflects power and deep-seated bias. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Dec 02, 02 | 11:53 pm