From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Document prepared by Mona Baker The academic boycott is part of a comprehensive civil society programme of boycott and divestment aimed at exerting international pressure on Israel . Some colleagues who support an economic boycott of Israel find the idea of an academic boycott unacceptable, for various reasons. Some of these reasons are addressed below. On the whole, however, as Ilan Pappe (an Israeli scholar) puts it, 
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Translation is a matter of intercultural communication, yes. But, as has been widely demonstrated in recent years, it also involves questions of power relations, and of forms of domination. It cannot therefore avoid political issues, or questions about its own links to current forms of power. Robert Young, Postcolonial Theorist, University of Oxford Since the academic and cultural boycott of Israel began to gain strength, around the second half of 2002, many scholars have been at pains to argue that politics and academia don’t mix.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) To fully understand the reasons for the growing campaign of boycott of Israeli institutions, as well as my own position, it helps to know something about the history of the conflict. You might like to consult some sources by renowned Israeli scholars, for example Ilan Pappe's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians (Routledge, 2006), and Jewish activists, for example The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict, by Jews for Justice in the Middle East.