NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS IN FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION (NATFHE): boycott Israeli academics complicit in Israeli crimes

The National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) was the British trade union and professional association for people working with those above statutory school age, and primarily concerned with providing education, training or research, notably in universities. In 2004 NATFHE celebrated 100 years since the London-based Association of Teachers in Technical Institutes was formed. ATTI grew and became NATFHE on 1 January 1976. As of 2005 it had 67,000 members. A new union called the University and College Union  (UCU) was formed in 2005 from the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and NATFHE. . On the last day of its final conference NATFHE passed motion 198C, a call to boycott Israeli academics complicit in Israeli crimes against Palestinians (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Association_of_Teachers_in_Further_and_Higher_Education ).

In May 2006, on the last day of its final conference, NATFHE passed motion 198C, a call to boycott Israeli academics who did not vocally speak out against their government. The following are key portions of the resolution : “"The conference invites members to consider their own responsibility for ensuring equity and non-discrimination in contacts with Israeli educational institutions or individuals, and to consider the appropriateness of a boycott of those that do not publicly dissociate themselves from such policies…The conference notes continuing Israeli apartheid policies, including construction of the exclusion wall, and discriminatory educational practices. It recalls its motion of solidarity last year for the AUT resolution to exercise moral and professional responsibility." [1].

[1]. NATFHE motion quoted in Wikipedia: “Academic boycotts of Israel”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_boycotts_of_Israel .

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