OK, that's the good news.
There's a whole series of these powerful and punchy posters/web ads here at the ADL site.
They seem to show up starkly the hollow selectivity of the UCU's proposed boycott; the blatant ignoring of huge massacres and attacks on freedom across the world, whilst calling for Israeli universities and academics to be boycotted.
So that's the leading US Jewish organization which exists to fight anti-semitism.
And how is the organized UK Jewish community responding to the proposed boycott?
After two years of primarily outsourcing the campaign against the previous proposed AUT boycott to the Engage, something I've repeatedly argued, produced a degree of complacency and self-delusion that helped to smooth the path of the disastrous merger of the two unions which has resulted in the UCU. And, as I've been predicting since 2005, it's now dominated by the SWP-led would-be revolutionaries who did so much to make NATFHE into a byword for ineptitude, unsuccessful pay campaigning and absurd radical political gesture politics.
Well, the latest effort in the organized Jewish community's efforts to combat the UCU's pro-boycott resolutions is a Stop the Boycott campaign.
That's going to involve expensive ads in The Times and The Guardian and the like, aimed at getting people to sign a petition includes this:
There's one very big problem with this. Sally Hunt never committed herself in her election manifesto or anywhere else to taking any boycott decision to a full ballot. And with very good reason. Because the General Secretary of UCU has no powers to implement a ballot. Only a decision of the UCU Executive can do that. And 43% of the UCU Executive are members of UCU Left, the SWP-led caucus of assorted hard lefters, consisting mainly of the old hard left of NATFHE (pro-boycott vote 2005: 252-2) plus a good chunk of the most notorious pro-boycott activists in the former AUT, such as Sue Blackwell, Gargi Bhattacharya and Malcolm Povey, who before the merger never got anywhere near making the national Executive of AUT> So what on earth is the organized Jewish community doing putting its weight and a great deal of money behind an unreasonable demand based on a non-existent commitment made by a General Secretary who anyway couldn't deliver on the commitment even if she'd made it in the first place? Here, taken from Sally Hunt's own election campaign blog site is what she actually said:
We call on UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt to fulfill her manifesto commitment to take this decision to a full membership ballot. Indeed, this boycott is damaging for the union itself and is not representative of the union.
As general secretary of UCU, I will put forward proposals that: UCU’s first congress should adopt the former AUT policy of a staged and cautious approach to international academic boycotts rather than the policy passed at NATFHE’s last conference Our international policy should be firmly focused on defending academic freedom and the rights of educators and students to live and work unharmed and unthreatened rather than on a wider political analysis which distracts from our main message Any future proposal for an international academic boycott of any institution or country that is agreed by UCU Congress should go to a full ballot of the members affected before any action is taken The union work with Education International to protect educators worldwide against threats to their person, their family or their work We consider a fund to support the promotion of academic projects that enhance cooperation and dialogue between communities in areas of conflictNote to BICOM and the brilliant minds behind the "Stop the Boycott" campaign: a promise to make a proposal is not at all the same thing as a commitment to hold a membership ballot. Especially in a situation where no General Secretary has the powers to make such a commitment anyway. If I was Sally Hunt, I would be hopping livid at this campaign for misrepresenting my manifesto pledges and whipping up a national and international campaign to call for me to do something I have no powers to do. But it just gets worse and worse than that. I have to close down for Shabbos now. But tomorrow night, I'll be back to spell out some more about just how wrong-footed, misguided and counter productive this whole UK Jewish community campaign is. And I so wish it wasn't.