Saturday, April 16, 2005
Against academic boycott of Israel
I'm no fan of boycotts in general, but academical boycotts I find downright offensive. Regardless of what country is in question. The idea of science and academia, to me, is that they should be unpoliticized, as internationalized as possible and generally working towards the betterment of humanity as a whole. Academic boycotts negate all of this - by depriving academics of other nationalities of knowledge and the possibilities to exchange knowledge, and by making academia into petty political playgrounds.
Let's hope this infernal boycott proposal ends up in the paper bin where it belongs.
Merlijn de Smit