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Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Academic Boycott News

Call To Action:
THE BRITISH UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE BOYCOTT OF ISRAELI ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
Today the British University and College Union voted to adopt a policy
broadly supporting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, as well
as calling for a moratorium on EU funding for Israeli research.

You can join Pro Zion, The Zionist Federation, StandWithUs, Fair Play
Campaign Group in the UK and other groups to help overturn this move,
but please act right now.

We want to place as much pressure on the UCU leadership as we can in the
next 24 hours.
We want them to call a referendum of all the members to vote on the
boycott issue.
Write an email now, keep it polite; don't make it personal, but address
the issues. They are:

*Express your dismay at the decision of the Congress to boycott Israeli
academic institutions
*The UCU conference representatives voted for a step towards a boycott
of Israeli academics
*Ask UCU leadership to condemn the boycott vocally and publicly
*Ask Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary, to confirm that she will be
honouring her promise to call a referendum of all the UCU membership to
ask ALL the UCU members if they support a boycott.
*Express your feelings about the boycott - Boycotts are one sided and do
not help anyone;

Please send your emails to
shunt@ucu.org.uk
jointpresidents@ucu.org.uk
pmackney@ucu.org.uk
blovejoy@ucu.org.uk
hq@ucu.org.uk@ucu.org.uk
mkeight@ucu.org.uk

(Above are the emails of: Sally Hunt, General Secretary / Paul Mackney,
Joint General Secretary / UCU Head Office / UCU Joint Presidents / Heads
of Higher & Further Education).
THE UCU GENERAL SECRETARY HAS SAID SHE DOES NOT BELIEVE THE GENERAL
MEMBERSHIP OF THE UNION SUPPORTS A BOYCOTT.
YOUR PRESSURE CAN MAKE THE UCU LEADERSHIP ACT.

More information on Boycott Responses can be found here:
www.engageonline.org.uk/blog/article.php?id=1038.
Copies of the motion at:
http://www.engageonline.org.uk/blog/article.php?id=1046
SEND YOUR EMAILS TODAY

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