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Israel’s apartheid

Benjamin Pogrund believes Israel is being unfairly singled out. But a boycott is appropriate for a uniquely brutal society

By Haim Bresheeth   July 2007

Ever since the University and College Union passed a resolution at its first annual congress in May calling for members to discuss a call from Palestinian academics for a boycott of Israeli universities, abuse has been heaped over the union and the academics who spoke in support of the resolution from many quarters.

We all remember that the international community was pushed into political and diplomatic action on South Africa in the 1980s by exactly such a boycott against apartheid, including an academic boycott by the AUT, the predecessor of UCU. Then as now, the subjects of the boycott were…

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