[Marxism] AFT on Palestine Boycott

Carlos A. Rivera cerejota at optonline.net
Tue May 24 23:19:11 MDT 2005

As mentioned... Its incredible how the AFT, who attacks academic freedom 
everywhere, including doing nothing to defend schools from religious 
encroachment or defending Cuban academics who are denied visas by the USA, 
then talks about "academic freedom" when it needs to defend the Zionist 


The American Federation of Teachers Calls on British Faculty Union to 
Reverse Boycott of Israeli Universities and Professors

Washington, D.C. - The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the largest 
union of college and university faculty in the United States, passed a 
resolution at its executive council meeting this week calling on its 
counterparts in the United Kingdom to reverse their vote in favor of a 
boycott of Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University.

"Boycotting universities and their faculty is anathema to academic freedom," 
notes the AFT resolution, which calls upon the Association of University 
Teachers (AUT) "to reverse its position espousing a boycott of Haifa and 
Bar-Ilan University."

Last month, the British faculty union voted to boycott the two Israeli 
universities and faculty employed by the institutions. The AUT has scheduled 
a special meeting on May 26 to reconsider its boycott decision.

"AFT's action is a call for AUT to support the democratic goal of academic 
freedom," said AFT president Edward J. McElroy. "Furthermore, it recognizes 
that boycotts of this nature, especially at this sensitive time, are 
counterproductive to the peace process."

The American Federation of Teachers represents 150,000 college and 
university faculty and staff across the United States.  The union is 
affiliated with the AFL-CIO. 

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