[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
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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