Israel Boycott Rejected at Oxford

I missed the college vote and have no role whatsoever in the federal University, but the Student Union has rejected, by 7-to-1, a motion calling for a boycott of Israel. A great deal of confidence has been restored:

[David Townsend] said in a statement after the boycott debate at OUSU: “Tonight Oxford students showed that their commitment to intellectual freedom is unshakeable.”

Because a boycott of what, exactly? Jaffa oranges? Anything written by an Israeli? The anti-occupation parties in the Knesset too? Intellectual freedom should always take priority; it is not “radical” or “progressive” to oppose freedom of speech with racial sectarianism.

Fairly sure I met this guy at the Oxford “Radical” Forum last week. But more of that later.


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