Sir, The National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education has voted to boycott Israeli academics and universities if they do not â€œpublicly distance themselvesâ€ from policies of their Government.
Having taught aspects of international relations at university, I find the notion of asking those from another country to denounce their own Government before any academic dialogue to be risible. Britain and Israel enjoy democratic elections, an independent judiciary, a free press, a commitment to human rights, and gender and racial equality. Many other countries do not, yet there seems to be no suggestion of a boycott of academics from those countries. I regard NATFHEâ€™s action as a betrayal of academic and intellectual values.
PROFESSOR STANLEY HENIG