Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Rubenstein et al in letters today
The academics at Sydney University who influenced the Students' Representative Council to call for academic co-operation to be cut with Technion, Israel's oldest university, should remember that the Jews' connection to the land of Israel goes back 4000 years whereas Islam's connection began in the seventh century.
Western academics and students should be reminded that Israel has a better human rights record than any other country in the Middle East and is the only democracy there.
The BDS movement works against peaceful conflict resolution and is an example of group-think that sometimes rears its head in the academic world. Omar Barghouti, a founder of the movement, is open about its real aim -- the end of Israel itself.
Phil Herd, Kangaloon, NSW
IT is disgraceful that Sydney University's SRC is supporting the extremist BDS campaign against Israel.
This nasty campaign to boycott and silence Israelis violates the basic academic principle of supporting freedom of speech for divergent views. Moreover, the leading advocates of BDS have often said they have no interest in promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace or reconciliation via a two-state solution that would respect the rights of both.
Rather, their intention is to eliminate the state of Israel and replace it with an exclusivist Arab state putting at risk the lives of millions of Jewish citizens of Israel. How can students support such objectives?
Philip Mendes, Kew, Vic
Posted by Geoff Seidner at 3:43 pm