The New (cultural) Imperialism

I wouldn’t usually post on the subject of Israel (education being more my area.) But Howard Jacobson, writing in The Independent, seems to me to hit the nail right on the head concerning the proposed UCU boycott:

…the assumption on which the entire boycott is based – is breathtaking. An Israeli scholar dare not be in even the most partial agreement with his government. For an Israeli academic not to think exactly as they think on the campuses of Birmingham and Brighton is to be guilty of a crime for which the punishment is expulsion from the international community of thought.

He’s right, isn’t he?