Irish academics have called on the European Union in an open letter to impose a moratorium financial support to Israeli academic institutions until Israel ends the occupation in the Palestinian territories. The call for the boycott, published last week in the Irish Times daily, came since according to its organizers "The Israeli government appears impervious to moral appeals from world leaders and to longstanding United Nations resolutions."The letter was signed by 61 Irish academics.
In recent months there have been several other attempts at boycotting Israeli organizations. In February, a group of British architects called
to boycott companies involved in the construction of the West Bank separation fence; in August, film director Ken Loach announced he would not attend cultural events in Israel; and in early September, a joint British-Palestinian group of architects sought to ban Israelis from participating at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
No good. It has been more than a year that Israel retired from the Gaza Strip, but the fact seems to have been missed by British and Irish academics. Western universities are dominated by leftist, anti-Israeli, anti-Western currents. The academy, once more, is becoming unfriendly territory for us.