Rashid Khalidi opposes UK boycott
    of Israeli universities

And good for him!


Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia, has signed the petition denouncing the boycott of two Israeli Universities called for by a resolution of the UK”s Association of University Teachers. (Prof. Khalidi is listed as signatory #2670; the signature-verification system seemed workably tight to me when I went through it.)

The unanimity on this issue has been overwhelming, heartening, and just a little surprising.

A reader points out that, in advance of the AUT re-vote on the boycott resolution, it would be helpful to reach out to any friends you have in the British academic world.

Update Prof. Khalidi has not signed the petition — the signature was a hoax — but does oppose the boycott.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com