Sunday, May 08, 2005


Via Mark Kleiman, there is this story in the NYT that Britain's leading higher education union has voted to boycott two Israeli universities. In the body of the article, there is this passage:
Omar Barghouti, a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, which pushed for the union vote in Britain, said comparing Israeli occupation to South African apartheid was a fair parallel. While Palestinians are not officially barred from Israeli universities, they are effectively kept out, he said.
Who is Omar Barghouti? According to a bio that accompanied one of his screeds a year ago, he is a "independent Palestinian political analyst" who is:
a dance choreographer with El-Funoun dance ensemble in Palestine . . . . [who] holds a Masters degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, NY, and is currently a doctoral student of philosophy (ethics) at Tel Aviv University.
(Emphasis added.)

If Palestinians are "effectively kept out of Israeli universities," how . . .?

Oh, never mind.

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