Many of the key players in the escalating British campaign to boycott Israel are Jewish or Israeli
The London Jewish newspaper said that these people justify their stance as part of the struggle for Palestinian rights and ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
Last month, the University and College Union (UCU)sparked an outcry by voting to facilitate a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
A high proportion of these people are deeply involved in UCU,
The JC quoted anti-boycott figures as suggesting that the campaign has been fuelled by a well-organised mix of far-left activists and Islamic organisations.
“In reality, the main proponents are a loosely knit collection of academics and trade unionists linked to groups such as the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for the Boycotting of Israeli Goods, and Bricup, the British Committee for Universities of Palestine.”
According to the paper, Israeli Haim Bresheeth, professor of media and culture at the University of East London, seconded the UCU motion, which called for consideration of the morality of ties with Israeli academia and for discussions on boycotting.
Prof Bresheeth told the JC that a boycott was not an easy decision. “I am Jewish and an Israeli, and I don’t wish harm on either side. But how long can this occupation go on?”
Characterising opposition to a boycott as insincere, he added : “What we are asking for is not violent. It is civil action against a military occupation.”
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