Self-selection: anti-Semitic academics face extinction
news from Israel has been rather depressing lately.
Unacceptable military blunders on all fronts. Our
enemies' double war crimes of deliberately attacking civilians from civilian neighborhoods
pointedly ignored, while an accident that we apologies for loudly condemned.
Not enough that "wipe Israel off the map" Ahmadinejad in Iran
is developing the bomb – six other Arab states announce
that they intend going nuclear too. And
the icing on the cake: a report
from the Israeli Ynet news site. Although the UK academic boycott of Israel
was voted down, it seems that UK academics and institutions are quietly
refusing to have anything to do with Israelis. No consideration for the
politics or the multiculturalism of the institutions they disdain, nor of the
damage to the Arab students at those institutions.
No recognition of Israel's right to exist – or at least protect its
citizens from being slaughtered. Depressing.
I received the latest newsletter of Israel
21c. The news site comes out
almost every day with a new wonder – describing the fruits of modern Israeli
science and technology. It set me thinking about all the Jewish Nobel prize
winners; about the disproportionate Israeli contribution to modern science.
Computers, medicine, biotechnology, nanotechnology, renewable energy;
Israelis are at the forefront.
is not a coincidence that this Jewish state called Israel rose out of
the ashes of an attempt by European and Arab states to eradicate their Jews. Indeed,
many of Jewish hospitals, schools, universities and clubs around the world
grew out of an unwillingness of the general society to educate, hire or
socialize with Jews. They quickly
grew into the finest institutions – a model for others that far surpassed
their anti-Semitic rivals.
the "publish or perish" academic world, access to and
participation in the development of new ideas is critical. And
if the inventiveness of Israeli scholarship and achievement is withheld, these
academics and their journals will miss out. They may not become second rate
and wither on the vine, but is it too much to dream that they will be
overshadowed by those who meet their Israeli counterparts on an equal footing?
practical, let every supporter of Israel direct academic achievements, papers,
studies, grants and donations to people and institutions that demonstrate
honest and true academic freedom.
make sure that these misguided academics – whether they shun the
Jewish state and its citizens out of misguided political correctness, jealousy
of their Israeli counterparts' achievements, or simple anti-Semitism – will
not have a part in the miracle of modern Israel and its scientific
the anti-Semites self-select themselves out of the race. Preferably
out of the human race.