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A Bit of British Humbug

By Michael Freund
5/19/2006, 12:00 AM

Talk about good ol’ fashioned British hypocrisy.

Later this month, educators in the UK are planning to debate a proposal aimed at imposing an academic boycott on Israel because of its policies in the so-called “occupied territories”.

On May 27-29, the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will convene to discuss this weighty subject.

But if the learned British instructors are truly concerned about issues such as expansionism, occupation and colonialism, they might consider looking a little closer to home.


After all, which country is it that refuses to yield sovereignty over Northern Ireland? Who is it that is stubbornly hanging on to control over Gibraltar? And who waged a bloody war to uphold their occupation of the Falkland Islands two decades ago?

And they want to preach to us?

All one can say, as a Dickens character might have put it, is: “Bah humbug.”