I agree with most of the points in Mr. Sand's well argued editorial. I think however that those Israelis who oppose the AUT boycott, claiming it is inherenetly unfair, fail to see the difference between their own case and that of other countries. Israel, as Mr. Sand clearly realises is an occupying power. It is not the same as if Israel were still a state within the borders of 1948-67, that it had not erected this 30ft high seperation wall, confiscated land and water resources, etc. Then one could ask the question: Why only Israel? Why not the US over its war in Iraq or this or that? The point is that for 38 years Israel has been and continues to be an occupying power, an expanding occupying power, at that. This is the defining factor. As for Israeli academia, one has to ask where were they 10 or 15 or even 5 years ago? Where was Israeli academia when this Ariel school was opened in the occupied territories? Where was the opposition from teachers unions in Israel? Was any punitive action taken against those who teach there? Did Israeli academia protest when Israel unilaterally closed down Palestinian schools? And now, in response to the AUT boycott, what does Israel do? What it does in every other similar case. It stomps its foot and does a "dafka". " we'll show you! We've just made Ariel College into an univeristy! So there"! The fact that there is nothing in the state coffers to support that so called transition seems to be beside the point for Sharon. Perhaps Ariel "University" or the mayor of that colony could gain the support of Jack Abramoff and see if he could get Tom DeLay to help out with a few million diverted from the Indian casinos.
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