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Israeli student’s complaint against Warwick University partially upheld

Back in 2011 the case of Smadar Bakovic received some coverage here and elsewhere.  To recap, she was studying at the University of Warwick and felt that the dissertation supervisor she had been assigned, a supporter of BDS and critic of Israel, might not be the best choice for an Israeli student.  She raised [...]

The UCU, antisemitism and Israel boycotts

Unfortunately I can’t attend, but I thought some readers would be interested in this workshop on the UCU, antisemitism and Israel boycotts, which will take place in London on 11 July.
The University and College Union (UCU) has passed anti-Zionist resolutions since 2005 and Jewish members have complained about antisemitic tendencies within the union. In 2012 [...]

Standing up against clerical fascism at home and abroad

This is a guest post from Howie’s corner
At the weekend millions of ordinary Pakistani men and women defied the threats of the Taliban and went to the polls to cast their vote. A small number paid for that right with their lives.  They are not alone:

In Bangladesh thousands of supporters of [...]

Credulity So Dense That It Will Form A Blackhole? [see update]

Harriet Sherwood tells us that the Stephen Hawking has joined the ranks of the BDSers:
Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
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Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he [...]

UCU vs Ronnie Fraser: some thoughts on the verdict

Despite being deeply interested in the result of Ronnie’s Fraser’s case, I expected the ruling itself to be rather dry, with the result hinging on precedents set by case law.  While fully sharing the concerns which motivated the many other witnesses, and Ronnie himself, to pursue this case, I realized that the tribunal would have [...]

iERA banned from future UCL events

A guest post from Ahmed Rushdi.
Coming from the University whose President and Provost said Islamist extremism on campus ‘doesn’t exist‘, and from a University whose alumni are in the news for all the wrong reasons, University College London issued a press release stating that future events involving iERA would not be allowed following the controversy surrounding [...]

Standing up for gender equality at University College London

This is a guest post from Stand for Peace.

A debate at the University College in London between atheist academic Lawrence Krauss and Islamist extremist Hamza Andreas Tzortzis ended abruptly after the hosting organisation, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), enforced gender segregation amongst the audience. Krauss, stating that he had been promised no such segregation would [...]

Israel Apartheid Week: a time where hatred is unleashed

This is a guest post by Stephen Hoffman
All this week in Universities across the UK, Israel Apartheid Week has taken place. This appears to be an excuse for those who hate Israel more than they care about the Palestinians to gather, to discuss and inform people how terrible Israel is. In all of this the [...]

UCU Elections 2013: Fighting back against the ‘UCU Left’

THIS IS A GUEST POST BY SACKCLOTH AND ASHES.
For rank-and-file members of the University and College Union, one of the principal challenges for the union is the effort by the Sex-Offenders at Work Party Socialist Workers Party and their fellow  travellers in the ‘UCU Left’ to hijack it, and divert it into following an extremist [...]

Union uses ‘academic freedom’ to attack academic freedom – the case of PSC CUNY

Cross-posted from Eric Lee at TULIP
A few years back, British unions of academics debated the question of whether to show their solidarity with the Palestinians by boycotting Israeli academics.
Eventually that tactic was dropped in part because of a very effective campaign by many academics and others who argued that a boycott of Israelis constituted an [...]