Time to leave UCU argues Eve Garrard

Eve Garrard

Eve Garrard writes:

… Continued membership of the UCU now involves complicity with this exercise in denial. It is appalling that the Union has put its members in the position of having to forego Union protection or collude with Union discrimination. Like many others, I always believed that people had a duty to join their union and to support it; but this belief rested on a prior assumption that unions wouldn’t discriminate against their members. That assumption is no longer a reliable one where the Jewish members of the UCU are concerned. It’s increasingly evident that this institution is one in which Jewish concerns about racism, unlike all other concerns about racism, are dismissed as unimportant, with the Jews who have these concerns being derided as dishonest and manipulative. It’s time for Jews who are unwilling to collude with this treatment, unwilling to accept the role of lower-class citizen which the Union is scripting for them, to leave the Union.

Read the whole piece on Normblog

For the resignation letter of Dennis Noble, Michael Yudkin and David Smith, click here.

Here are links to a number of other previous resignations and statements of concern, relating to antisemitism in the union, writen by members.

This is Michael Yudkin’s case against the academic boycott of Israel.

This link reports that there are no longer any Jews left in UCU who are willing or able to oppose the boycott view at UCU Congress.

This is the Oxford motion relating to Bonganu Masuku, found guilty of antisemitic hate speech by the South African Human Rights Commission, which was rejected by UCU Congress.

This is the formal complaint relating to antisemitism in UCU that David Hirsh made and which was rejected by UCU.

Books from Israel banned from libraries in parts of Scotland

Does the boycott campaign really have such little sense of history?

Report in the JC