On the one hand, any boycott is an important moral statement, and strengthens the boycott movement, in general. On the other hand, Nusseibeh gives a valid critique of this particular boycott. Boycotting academic conferences and events inside Israel is clearly a good move, and might have great potential for growth outside of the UK, partly because it is clearly Israel, the political entity, that is the target. Boycotting Israeli academics' participation outside of Israel, as such, may be a mistake. It reduces the opportunity for networking with pro-justice Israeli academics, while limiting exposure to international thinking and criticism for those who remain on the fence. At the same time, it invites accusations of anti-Semitism, by blurring the line between targetting a state, based on its policies, and targetting individuals, based on their country of origin.
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