Racist? Not even.
Like hayfever, summer brings with it news of British academics calling for a boycott on Israel. Some call this racism, antisemitism, some say it is a proper action against an Apartheid regime. I say neither.
It is plain laziness and cowardice, with a touch of white-European arrogance and hypocrisy. Next time the motion comes up for vote, I suggest the title:
Let’s quickly do something that will make us feel like we’re on the good guys side so we can get out of this stinky room and enjoy a pint down the road.
By the way, the official press release of UCU explicitly notes:
that triggers for actions leading to greylisting and boycott can only result from a request from a legitimate organisation within the state, or within the occupied territory or institution in question.
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: ‘As I have made clear in the past, and as I reiterated on the floor of congress this morning, I do not believe a boycott is supported by the majority of UCU members, nor do I believe that members see it is a priority for the union.