对理性的抵制

“可能发生在这里”是在一系列令人震惊的假想情境中经常用到的缩略语。“怎么会发生在这里?”是近来英国提出的切中要害的提问,因为英国的很多大学见证了这次极为真实、而又令人困惑的事件的发生。

六月上旬,拥有67,000名会员的英国最大的学术组织新大学教师联盟(NATFHE)通过了一项断绝与所有以色列大学教授和机构联系的动议,除非后者公开宣布与“继续推行以色列种族隔离政策”断绝关系。这项动议后来被撤销了,但其曾经提出的事实已经足以令人震惊。

事实上,联盟对大规模抵制的呼吁违反了其最根本的价值观:那就是学术自由、开放和交流的原则,国家政治对研究的保护,以及言论自由的根本权利。这项动议暗中隐藏着集体惩罚的评判标准,还有显而易见的麦卡锡主义论调,要求以色列学者发下“不忠的誓言”。

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