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The proposal to single out Israeli academics for boycotts is
reprehensible.
NATFHE will be the object of worldwide scorn and ridicule if the
anti-Israel proposal is debated and especially if it is passed. The
AAUP in America has rejected such folly on principle. The reputation
of the UK's AUT was severely damaged in the US as a result of last
year's "now we do, now we don't" votes. Israeli academics should not
have to undergo a political test for legitimacy as research
colleagues. Are such attacks being directed against  Chinese, North
Korean, Sudanese, or Iranian academics??  Singling out Israelis
smacks of anti-semitism and political tests for academics is a Nazi
tactic! The NATFHE  leadership should cancel this agenda  and salvage
its reputation.
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*       Dr. Leonard M. Druyan *
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