Boycott will destroy British academia, warns US professor

Mr Dershowitz, the prominent lawyer and Harvard law professor who is well known for the ferocity of his attacks on those he perceives as enemies of Israel, told the Guardian that if the boycott call is endorsed by the UCU branches there would be retribution, and that he had enlisted 100 lawyers to break the boycott. “If the union goes ahead with this immoral petition, it will destroy British academia,” Mr Dershowitz said. “We will isolate them from the rest of the world.”

Yesterday supporters of an academic boycott said they were determined to press ahead with the campaign. Sue Blackwell, who spoke in favour of the motion at the union conference last month, said: “We have voted to discuss how best to help our Palestinian brothers and sisters who often are not allowed to get to college or university and that is what we will do.” She said the proposed boycott had sparked a renewed debate about the plight of the Palestinians since it was first raised five years ago. “This is about boycotting institutions about criticising the policies of the Israeli government not about individuals.”


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