Union bans anti-boy­cott ac­tivist

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

ONE OF the lead­ers of the cam­paign to pre­vent the aca­demic boy­cott of Is­rael has been banned by his own union from an email fo­rum.

David Hirsh, a co-founder of the En­gage cam­paign, has been de­nied use of the Univer­sity and Col­lege Union ac­tivists’ email list since last Novem­ber for breach­ing rules of con­fi­den- tial­ity. But in an email to the UCU, an aca­demic col­league of Dr Hirsh’s said he had been “un­justly ex­cluded” on a “tech­ni­cal­ity”. Call­ing for his re­in­state­ment, Mira Vo­gel said that he had been “dis­em­pow­ered at a crit­i­cal time for anti-boy­cotters”.

DrHirsh,inane­mailth­isweek­toUCU sec­re­tary-gen­eral Sally Hunt, ac­cused her of ig­nor­ing emails he had sent her over the past 10 weeks. He asked to know the du­ra­tion of his ex­clu­sion and whether he could ap­peal.

The JC un­der­stands that, in a pa­per on an­tisemitism, Dr Hirsh used a com­ment from an anti-Zion­ist aca­demic posted on the email fo­rum. He ac­ci­den­tally left the name in his text but re­moved it as soon as he was made aware of the er­ror.

A spokesman for the UCU said the union “does not com­ment on in­di­vid­ual mem­bers of the ac­tivists’ list”.

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