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Thursday, 28 April 2005


Engage has ensured that AUT is going to call a Special Council to reconsider its proposed boycott of Israeli universities. This meeting will take place on 26 May in London. (http://liberoblog.com/ ) They are therefore asking that we make sure that there are open and democratic meetings called in every AUT branch. We need to make sure that each of these meetings decides to oppose the boycott proposals and to send Council Members to the Special Council who will vote against them. If you are a British academic, please join the AUT and become active. If you are not, please start e-mailing the AUT chapters at British universities asking them to reverse this widely-condemned boycott. You can start with: http://www.aut.cam.ac.uk/exec.html (Cambridge AUT) http://www.soton.ac.uk/~aut/contact.html (Southampton AUT) susan.melvin@abdn.ac.uk (Aberdeen AUT) http://www.essex.ac.uk/unions/AUT/commlist.htm (Essex AUT) aut-office@bris.ac.uk (Mrs B. Seller at Bristol AUT) Please ask them to call a meeting to discuss a sample resolution that can be found here: http://liberoblog.com/2005/05/08/model-resolution-for-aut-local-associations/ Or any modified version thereof. Please use the following condemnations in your 150-word letter: http://liberoblog.com/2005/05/04/the-american-association-of-university-professors-condemns-the-boycott/ http://newswire.ascribe.org/cgi-bin/behold.pl?ascribeid=20050428.090921&time=10%2008%20PDT&year=2005&public=0 Thank you!
Andre Oboler
The link goes to further information on the repeal of the boycott (speeches from the protest outside the meeting, photographs, and news articles). http://www.zionismontheweb.org/AUT/peacevigil.htm Also as a follow up, the National Postgraduate Committee (quoted above on this page) have invited and Israeli Academic from Bar-Ilan to speak on academic freedom at it's annual conference. NPC press release: http://www.npc.org.uk/page/1122291321
Literature Review
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