UK teachers call off anti-Israeli boycott

By a reported 3-to-1 margin, the AUT council does the right thing.

The governing council of the UK university teachers’ union (the AUT) has, reportedly by a 3-to-1 vote, overturned the AUT resolution calling for a blacklist of faculty members from two Israeli universities. As has been remarked before in this space, the near-unanimity around this issue among scholars in the US, including opposition to the proposed boycott from prominent Palestinian academics, was extremely heartening.

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