"Conference invites members … to consider the appropriateness of a boycott of those that do not publicly dissociate themselves from [Israeli apartheid policies]."Tom Hickey is a member of the Socialist Workers Party, the party which is currently defending and promoting the antisemite, Gilad Atzmon.
Tom Hickey is standing for election to be the first President of the UCU, on a ticket with Roger Kline, who is standing for General Secretary. Kline says he opposes the campaign to exclude Israeli academics from academia, while Hickey is obviously very much in favour of it.
Yesterday at Sussex University, Hickey gave a talk on the relationship between antisemitism and anti-Zionism in which he argued:
-- That most Israelis believe the "Zionist" idea that if you scratch the skin of a gentile then underneath you will find an antisemiteDuring the half an hour for which Hickey answered questions, projected behind him on a screen, was Ismail Patel’s recommended reading list on Israel. This list included, in big letters, Roger Garaudy’s “The Case of Israel”. Garaudy is a Holocaust denier who believes that no gas chambers were used by the Nazis and who believes that there was no plan to kill the Jews of Europe.
-- That Palestinians might accept a Palestinian state alongside Israel but that this would only be a desperate measure. Hickey himself argued that the Palestinians should not accept a state alongside Israel
-- That it is important to fight against the antisemitism that is to be found in the anti-Zionist movement
-- That anti-Zionism isn't necessarily antisemitic because many Jews – in very large numbers – believe that Zionism underpins antisemitism