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re: boycott on Israeli universities

As an academic who has been working in the United Kingdom since 2000,
and who spent twenty years teaching in South Africa, I am opposed to
academic boycotts. My own experience is that many academics work against
oppressive regimes and a boycott, which restricts the free circulation of knowledge
and ideas, seldom damages the government in power and does a lot to
restrict opportunities to voice opposition and to teach the tolerant
consideration of all opinions. The AUT should not be imposing a boycott
on Israeli universities, their staff and students. To use discrimination
in this manner does an injustice to British democracy, academic freedom and
freedom of expression.

Dr Marion Arnold
57 Walter Howes Crescent
King's Lynn PE32 1RF


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