I agreed with much in this article, but then I got to this sentence: "I think academic institutions that prevent proponents of BDS from voicing their positions are indeed making a grievous mistake by violating the academic spirit and the principle of fostering diverse ideas and perspectives." The author is making a false equivalence when he compares the BDS boycotts to the retaliatory boycotts of people like Butler, Khalidi and former Pink Floyd front man turned "intellectual" Roger Waters. The racist, anti-semitic BDS movement boycotts entire institutions and nations, without regard to their actual opinions. It's the nuclear bomb of anti-intellectualism. Do you believe in ending settlements and vacating the West Bank? Tough, because you are FROM ISRAEL we will not hear you. On the other hand, we have the Ramaz disinvitation - where they specifically disinvited two PEOPLE with two SPECIFIC and ABHORRENT opinions. I would gladly disinvite Putin from speaking at my Peace Conference - but the entire nation of Russia and its universities get blanket invites. Does Khalidi understand the difference? Does Butler? Maybe they do - they simply don't care. They have one goal - smash the Israeli state by whatever means necessary. And if it is an academic war they want, then it is an academic war they shall have. I choose smart bombs instead of poison gas of ignorance. And of course, I will be accused of a war crime, but again the worst Palestinian zealots chooses to attack and kill innocence, whereas Ramaz has only gone after the perpetrators of academic terrorism.
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from the article: The problem with boycotting Israeli universities