WHAT THE LAWYERS AD­VISED OVER THE UCU MO­TION

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“There is lit­tle doubt that the mo­tion has been drafted in an at­tempt to cir­cum­vent the le­gal re­stric­tions on the pow­ers of the union to man­date a di­rect boy­cott of Is­raeli aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions. In our view, this at­tempt at cir­cum­ven­tion fails.”

“What is to be rec­om­mended or di­rected by the union if the mo­tion is passed is, in essence, no dif­fer­ent to that which the union was pre­vi­ously ad­vised was un­law­ful.”

“The sub­stance of the mo­tion amounts to the en­cour­age­ment or in­vi­ta­tion to mem­bers of the union to dis­crim­i­nate against Is­raeli aca­demics.”

“[If the res­o­lu­tion

At last year’s congress, UCU voted to cir­cu­late a call from Pales­tinian or­gan­i­sa­tions to boy­cott Is­rael. But the union was later forced to back­track, telling mem­bers that a boy­cott call would be “un­law­ful and can­not be im­ple­mented”, fol­low­ing ad­vice from lead­ing hu­man rights lawyer Lord Lester.

Next week’s mo­tion, pro­posed by the branches of Brighton and East Lon- is passed] the Union will, ac­cord­ingly, be adopt­ing a pro­vi­sion, cri­te­rion or prac­tice which will put Jewish mem­bers at a par­tic­u­lar dis­ad­van­tage com­pared to non-Jewish mem­bers. That is be­cause Jewish mem­bers are much more likely to have links with Is­raeli aca­demics and in­sti­tu­tions than nonJewish mem­bers.” don Dock­lands Univer­si­ties and UCU’s ex­ec­u­tive, asks mem­bers to “con­sider the moral and po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions of ed­u­ca­tional links with Is­raeli in­sti­tu­tions, and to dis­cuss the oc­cu­pa­tion with in­di­vid­u­als and in­sti­tu­tions con­cerned, in­clud­ing Is­raeli col­leagues with whom they are col­lab­o­rat­ing”.

It also threat­ens to place Ariel Col­lege on the West Bank on the union’s

“We un­der­stand, from the his­tory of the boy­cott is­sue, that there is ev­i­dence be­fore the union of the ef­fects that pre­vi­ous de­bates have had on Jewish mem­bers. In­deed, it ap­pears that many mem­bers re­signed from the union be­cause of the anti-Jewish at­mos­phere cre­ated fol­low­ing the pre­vi­ous boy­cott mo­tions.” “greylist” of cen­sured in­sti­tu­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the le­gal opin­ion given to Stop the Boy­cott, the mo­tion rep­re­sents an at­tempt to “cir­cum­vent” the pre­vi­ous le­gal re­stric­tions. “In our view, this at­tempt at cir­cum­ven­tion fails,” the lawyers de­clared.

It was for­warded to the union in a let­ter signed by Henry Grun­wald, the pres­i­dent of the Board of Deputies,

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