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British professor refuses request to write article for Israeli journal

18 May 2006

A British professor has refused a request to write an
article for an academic journal jointly published by
Israeli universities.
Professor Richard Seaford, from the University of Exeter
in England, refused to write the article, saying he was
taking part in an academic boycott of Israel([search]).

"Alas, I am unable to accept your kind invitation, for
reasons that you may not like. I have, along with many
other British academics, signed the academic boycott of
Israel, in the face of the brutal and illegal expansionism
and the slow-motion ethnic cleansing being practiced by
your government," Seaford wrote to Dr. Daniella Dueck.
Dueck, a lecturer at Bar Ilan University and a member of
the Scripta Classica Israelica editorial board had
requested that Seaford write a book review for the

Scripta Classica Israelica is published by the Israeli
Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies and is
distributed to subscribers in Israel and abroad.

Seaford, the head of the Department of Classics and
Ancient History at Exeter University, told Haaretz that
the academic boycott "is just a small contribution to the
long-term raising of international consciousness which
represents the only hope for an eventual just peace in the
Middle East. In this respect, there is a parallel with the
academic boycott of Apartheid South Africa."

On May 27-29, the National Association of Teachers in
Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) in England, Wales
and Northern Ireland will debate a proposal in favor of an
academic boycott against Israel.

The Israeli lobby against the boycott has taken action to
condemn Seaford.


Re: British professor refuses request to write article for Israeli journal

guardian: Israel([search]) should face sanctions
by Ronnie Kasrils and Victoria Brittain,,1778549,00.html
The Palestinians are having sanctions imposed on them for their political choice. But it is Israel, creating new facts on the ground to prevent the emergence of a viable Palestinian state, that should be facing UN sanctions. The UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, should use his last months in office to call for sanctions to bring about the implementation of the ICJ ruling on the Israeli wall, the closure of West Bank settlements and the release of Palestinian political prisoners. And those who care for freedom, peace and justice must build a global Palestine([search]) solidarity movement to match the anti-apartheid movement of the 1980s.

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