Union faces le­gal threat over boy­cott

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - By Leon Sy­monS

AcA­demics hAve come out in sup­port of a new move to take the Uni­ver­sity and col­lege Union to court un­less it re­tracts a na­tional con­fer­ence res­o­lu­tion that has threat­ened a “back-door” boy­cott of is­rael.

The anony­mous lit­i­gants have called on the union, via solic­i­tors mish­con de Reya, to re­pay any union funds it may have spent on en­act­ing the mo­tion.

in may the UcU con­fer­ence passed a res­o­lu­tion ask­ing aca­demics to con­sider the moral and po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions of any links with is­raeli in­sti­tu­tions.

how­ever, ob­servers be­lieved that this was an­other at­tempt to re-in­tro­duce the aca­demic boy­cott brought in last year and even­tu­ally dropped af­ter le­gal ad- vice that it was un­law­ful and could not beim­ple­mented.mish­con­deReyawrote to UcU gen­eral sec­re­tary, sally hunt, on septem­ber 26 say­ing that the new res­o­lu­tion was ul­tra vires [be­yond its power] and gave the union 14 days to an­swer.

it also warned the union’s trustees, Pro­fes­sor Neil mac­far­lane, Fawzi ibrahim, dr den­nis Wright and Paul Rus­sell, would be sued in­di­vid­u­ally for the re­cov­ery of any money spent. UcU de­nied ex­ceedin­git­sle­galpow­ers,ac­cord­ingto The Guardian, and also de­nied it had spent money car­ry­ing out the res­o­lu­tion.

A UcU spokesper­son said: “it is re­gret­table that some mem­bers of the union have ap­par­ently cho­sen to raise a griev­ance through the courts, rather than through the union’s own demo­cratic pro­cesses.”

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