Good Luck, Ms. Blackwell

Israel is no newcomer to innovation, and many of its ideas in technology, science and medicine are used around the world to save and enhance the lives of millions.

Angela Bertz

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On April 20th, 2005, The Association of University Teachers (AUT) in the United Kingdom will hold their annual meeting.

It is unlikely that any of their discussions will include the death of St.-Sgt. Nadav Kudinski. He was part of the Israel Defense Force's Canine Unit. On December 7th, 2004, his unit was involved in a predawn search several meters from the Israel-Gaza border. They were, as is often the case, searching for weapons that Palestinian terrorists have used relentlessly against Israel since the start of the current Intifada (uprising).

With no warning, a bomb placed in a booby-trapped chicken coop that Nadav was searching exploded. By the time his comrades found his body, both he and his dog were dead. Four more soldiers were wounded in cross fire with Palestinians as they evacuated Nadav's now-lifeless body to safety.

Nadav was 20 years old. He was the only male grandchild of Holocaust survivors.

Later that day, members of the armed wing of Hamas held a press conference in Gaza City. They proudly held rifles in the air and wore hoods while claiming responsibility for the attack.

Still later on that same day, young Israeli soldiers also covered their faces. Not with hoods to hide their evil faces from the world, but with their hands, to cover their tears at the tragic loss of their friend and comrade.

Three days later, on December 10th, Professor Lars Thelander of the Royal Academy of Sciences addressed the Swedish royal family and a packed auditorium in Stockholm. He was about to present that year's laureates with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The prize would be awarded for the discovery of life's own death-labeling system. The discovery of controlled protein degradation could lead the way to producing new medicines against many deadly diseases.

Two out of the three recipients of this prize were from Israel - Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, both from the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Unlike the death of Nadav and the macabre press conference held by the terrorists responsible for his death, the Association of University Teachers in the United Kingdom would no doubt have watched with interest as the Israelis' initiative and hard work were rewarded. Some of them would probably have nodded grim intellectual heads and agreed that it was indeed a scientific breakthrough of unprecedented magnitude.

Israel is no newcomer to innovation, and many of its ideas in technology, science and medicine are used around the world to save and enhance the lives of millions.

Even while Israel was looking on with pride at yet another testimony to its fantastic achievements, the Palestinians were keeping themselves busy testing mortar shells and Kassam rockets. They fired close to 10 shells and a few rockets into Jewish towns in Gaza. As many as eight people were wounded, one seriously.

Two days later, on December 12th, the Palestinians reached yet another high in innovation. Five Israelis were killed and six more were wounded when a tunnel packed with explosives blew up underneath the side of an Israeli Defense Force post in southern Gaza. After the explosion, Palestinian gunmen not satisfied with their work continued to attack, by throwing grenades and firing rifles. Still others fired mortar shells. Two terrorist organizations, Hamas and Fatah, claimed responsibility for the attack. One and a half tons of explosives had been placed inside the tunnel for the blast.

The Association of University Teachers in the United Kingdom, in their infinite intellectual wisdom, will be calling for a boycott of all Israeli academics that refuse to condemn their government's actions in the "Occupied Territories". The campaign is lucky to have at its disposal terrorist apologist Sue Blackwell, a lecturer at Birmingham University. She is one of the authors of this pathetic diatribe, claiming that they are now better organized and enjoying full support from Palestinians academics, who are "surprisingly" also calling for the boycott.

Gargi Bhattacharyya, executive member and president-elect of this biased bunch of bigots, says he will be supporting the call for a boycott. He added that things weren't getting any better for our Palestinian academic colleagues. They wholly support this boycott, saying the international emotional pressure is an important and peaceful way to support them.

One can only show utter contempt at the blatantly low level of moral integrity displayed by this bunch of terrorist supporters. In all their rhetoric on Israel's actions in the so-called "occupied territories", not one of these academic hypocrites have bothered to point out the over 100 homicide bombings perpetrated by well-trained Palestinian terrorist organizations on Israel's buses and in her restaurants. Most of these attacks were not carried out in any "occupied territory", but in a sovereign and recognized state, against innocent people.

Gargi Bhattacharyya and Sue Blackwell, with all their excellent education, seem to have no idea what it means to scrape a dead Israeli baby off a restaurant wall and wonder if its mother will ever regain consciousness to hear the tragic news.

The Palestinian academics are seemingly happy to have Israel take all the blame for their plight. The British academics, supported by cheerleading terrorist supporters like Sue Blackwell, are seemingly unable, or refuse, to make any distinction between cold-blooded terrorism and a country that has had to take every measure to protect itself against this onslaught of barbarism.

Blackwell, it seems, is now in Seventh Heaven and confident that by waving a stupid piece of paper around with written consent from the Palestinians supporting the boycott, she will succeed in passing the motion. "The only reason we didn't win last time was that there was no clear public call from the Palestinians for the boycott. Now we have that in writing."

Good luck, Ms. Blackwell. Israel will continue, with or without the support of biased British academics, to take great leaps forward in all its endeavours. It will continue striving for the same excellence that won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry and has placed Israel solidly on the world's stage as one of the most innovative and advanced nations.