How the BDS movement is poisoning academic discourse

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In September 2018, the respected Critical and Radical Social Work journal (Policy Press, University of Bristol) published a remarkably simplistic and arguably non-scholarly paper by a radical Left academic from Scotland on the controversy concerning left-wing anti-Semitism within the British Labour Party (Maitles 2018). The paper, whilst of minimal importance in itself, can be seen as symbolizing the extent to which sections of the academic Left, influenced by the poisonous Boycott, Divestment and Sections (BDS) movement, have abandoned even the pretence of applying core academic standards to debates around the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Instead, the presentation of historical facts and empirical evidence concerning Jewish history and experiences, and indeed the determination of political strategies towards anti-Jewish racism, seem to be subordinated to the higher priority of fighting what is labelled Zionism and so aiding the Palestinian nationalist agenda.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalFathom: for a deeper understanding of Israel and the region
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2019

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