irish education

The Teachers Union of Ireland has voted to endorse the Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel.

That they are only endorsing a call by the Palestinians, and not actually initiating an action themselves shows particular cowardice.  As well as blatant anti-Semitism, Israel is still not the worst country on the planet.

In a boring repetition, they call Israel an apartheid state.  Once again, I am not saying that we treat the Palestinian population as well as we should, but this is far from an apartheid situation.

I just wish these people would put aside their hatred for a moment and learn some facts on the ground.

I live in the Tel Aviv area of Israel and I see Arab men, women and children on the train with me every day.  They have no limitations placed on them, and I am happy that they are not afraid to live comfortable.  I am also served by Arab people in stores here, so they are also allowed to work.  And they are also learning in universities here.

Again, we still have a long way to go until to equalise the status of the Arab population, but I do not have the same rights in PA areas that they have here.

To illustrate that the vote of the ITU is based on hatred are the words of Jim Roche, the man who initiated the vote:  “I am very pleased that this motion was passed with such support by TUI members, especially coming the day after Israeli occupation forces shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank yesterday…”

It is a tragedy that those 2 Palestinians were killed, there is no doubt about that.

But at the same time, a Syrian government airstrike on a heavily contested neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday killed at least 15 people, including nine children.

Jim needs to broaden his area of interest a bit.

As for the academic boycott itself, at the risk of being naughty, I wonder who would be the real victims of the boycott.  Ireland is a great country, with a wonderful population – but who has made a greater contribution to the world of education, Israel or Ireland?

An academic boycott would seem to be a particularly uneducated expression of hatred, and not a useful tool for progress.


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