Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Thursday, 6 March 2014

BDSer Jake Lynch Deserves A "Red Card" Targeted Israeli Academic Tells Newspaper

Good onya, Aussies!
It was reported  in yesterday's Higher Education pages of The Australian newspaper that Israeli political scientist Professor Dan Avnon, who has just taken up a Sir Zelman Cowen scholarship at Sydney University’s Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, has scathingly criticised the Centre's head, BDSer Professor Jake Lynch, who had earlier attempted to deny a fellowship to Avnon on the grounds of his Israeli nationality.

In the course of an exclusive interview with the newspaper, Avnon said
'he believed Professor Lynch deserves a “red card” for refusing to sponsor him because the Sydney academic supported the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. “The fact that academics at the University of Sydney have rallied to my cause doesn’t diminish the severity of Lynch’s attempt to boycott me as a Jewish Israeli academic,” Professor Avnon said....
He said Professor Lynch deserved to be sanctioned for boycotting him, describing it as against the principles of academic freedom and exchange, and ignoring the work he had done to try to achieve a degree of understanding between young Jews and Arabs.'
Avnon noted the
'warm welcome by Sydney University academics appalled at Professor Lynch’s actions, along with ordinary Australians who had written emails of support.
“The Australians have been a light unto the nations,” Professor Avnon said, using the classical expression from the Book of Isaiah....'
The full report (entitled, if you're googling, "Boycotted Israeli embraced by other fellows") is behind a paywall here


    Good onya, Mary.

  2. I have it on line in its entirety