Why Academic Boycotts Are Wrong

Calls for an academic boycott of Israel and for universities to stop investing in Israeli companies have struck me with special force because I spent last spring as a Fulbright fellow in Israel, teaching bio-ethics at Bar-Ilan University, outside Tel Aviv. I take issues of complicity very seriously, and thus I tend to be sympathetic to boycotts of regimes -- or corporations -- whose behavior is especially disturbing. Further, I think calls for boycotts by private citizens are