growing number of Israelis from academia oppose their
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on his policy towards
Palestinians and many hold similar views with the one
expressed by Dr. Wilkie! In fact, the Israeli mathematics
professor Emanuel Farjoun of Hebrew University with other
10 most prominent scholars from Israel circulated a
Petition in Israel asking to boycott (yes, boycott) all
Israeli scientists in Europe for as long as Sharon
remains in power and the policy towards Palestinians will
stay the same. As Dr. Farjoun put it, "I think
international pressure should be put on Israel to respect
the rights of Palestinians."
Notwithstanding the pleas coming from the Israeli
Minister of Education, Limor Livnat, to squash that
Petition of the Israeli scholars asking for the stated
boycott, that Petition reached Europe. Israeli boycotters
argued that it was morally wrong to sit on the sidelines.
Opponents from Israel noted that science should sit above
From all European countries, it was England that stood
out to oppose with most vehemence that Petition coming
from Israel. In response to that Israeli petition, Dr.
Susan Greenfield, director of the Royal Institution of
Great Britain noted to her credit: "Any boycott that
impedes the open flow of information is akin to book
burning." It is paradoxical, is it not, that England
remembers better the lessons of the Holocaust than the
intellectuals from Israel!
For more on this complex issue,
Science and Politics"
from The Scientist of June 16, 2003, and
Petition Against Anti-Israeli Boycott