Stifling academic growth in the name of progress

Over at Liberty and Power Aeon J. Skoble brings my attention to this article:

LONDON, May 30 — The main union representing 120,000 British college teachers voted Wednesday to endorse a Palestinian trades’ union call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

The boycott resolution, approved at the inaugural congress of the University and College Union, called on British college lecturers to “consider the moral implications of existing and proposed links with Israeli academic institutions.”

In theory, a boycott could sever academic contacts and exchanges of personnel between British and Israeli academic institutions.

Skoble gives the timeline of the usual boring intra-libertarian debate with pretty good accuracy, but what I'd rather focus on is how silly it is for British academics to force Israeli academics to collaborate with everyone else. They have some smart guys over there, and I'm sure collaborating with the British is unpleasant enough already. Don't make it worse, Limeys.

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