Sternhell wants to censor his critics in the name of freedom of expression - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Israeli academic from Australia
    • 27.08.10 | 17:28 (IDT)

    As put so nicely in the novel, Animal Farm, even though all pigs espouse equality in theory, at the end of the day "Some pigs are more equal than others", and Sternhell thinks he is one of them. He just wants to shut up his opposition. But it wont go away. If Sternhell thinks that a liberal talented US academic will think twice about making a move to Israel because of this boycott issue, then I say he is correct, but for opposite reasons to his thesis. This answer is irrelevant to what side of the political spectrum this academic belongs to bar those from the lunatic fringe: No academic would want to join a university in which there is danger that it will be boycotted: that his/her research funding proposals will be officially (or unofficially) boycotted, and that there will be inadequate funding to maintain teaching standards and basic infrastructure of this institution, because some idiots within his/her fraternity want to impose a boycott. A boycott is self defeating for Israeli universities and will cause great damage to these institutions of higher learning, and independent thought (I stress again, including people that come from both or all sides of the political spectrum). Hence the Minister of education, and university heads should be applauded for efforts to remove from their midst those those few who call upon a boycott of their own universities. If these people want to douse themselves with gasoline and light the match, by all means let them do it, but they should do it privately in their own homes. They have no right to burn down the rest of us. I would appreciate if you would print this article, moderator, in the name of free speech.

    from the article: Only force will stop force
    First published 01:40 27.08.10 | Last updated 01:40 27.08.10
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