The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland was incensed
to learn that the Teachers Union of Ireland has voted to boycott all academic
collaboration with , including research programmes
and exchange of scientists. Israel
The decision is an attack on academic and intellectual freedom. In addition, the boycott singles out
Israel in a way that demonises the
Jewish State in ways that can be seen to be antisemitic. The ZF will be doing all it can to overturn this divisive
boycott which damages relations between Israel and Ireland that benefit both
nations and can only be to the detriment of the process of learning.
The Chairman of the ZF, Paul Charney said, “The vote by
’s teaching union is a sad day
for the freedom of expression and academic learning, which relies on the free
exchange of ideas worldwide. This boycott is divisive and demonises Ireland .
The ZF will be doing all we can to oppose this
The ZF and all its members will continue to stand up to attempts to delegitimise