Lin­guists gagged?

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL EASTERMAN

CON­FU­SION SUR­ROUNDS the boy­cott of a UK-Is­rael lin­guis­tics work­shop by Bri­tish aca­demics to be held at Ben Gu­rion Univer­sity in the Negev.

Prof Idan Lan­dau from the depart­ment of for­eign lit­er­a­ture and lin­guis­tics emailed other aca­demics to say the work­shop planned for next sum­mer had to be scrapped be­cause of “neg­a­tive” re­sponses.

But John Levy, the di­rec­tor of the Aca­demic Study Group on Is­rael, whose or­gan­i­sa­tion was meant to spon­sor the event, said Prof Lan­dau was merely propos­ing an idea and no event had been sched­uled or can­celled.

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