In speaking with my blogger friend DK today about the interesting development at Columbia University, we came to discuss that even if this message of support from President Bollinger for Israeli Academia makes a big splash in the media, it won't make much of a difference because there are a lot of people who want to destroy Israel.
While there are (lots of) people intent on the destruction of Israel, they aren't the people who just endorsed this boycott and they aren't the people who have already imposed the boycott. It is the European white Christians looking for a new way to direct hate towards themselves; it is self-hating Christians if you will.
The post-colonial-left-wing-white-man is upset at the way his father lived his life, so he takes it out on those who are perceived to be committing the same mistakes, such as the Israelis. It is a mistakes of our fathers problem. They want to be seen as one with the "other" people and feel superior because while they no long colonize these locals, they won't stop wearing the shoes made in their factories or eat the food taken from their fields.
Besides the clearly biased application of these boycotts, the people imposing them live hypocritical lives. They are most likely wearing the tragically hip clothing from H&M, made in Manchuria or some other such place. Ach.
But when it is all said and done I am not worried about the Brit's boycott. The Man and the Grassroots seem to be on the side of Academic freedom here, and that is good for Israel. What I can't get my head around is why the Brit Journalist boycott Israel when Hamas and Friends kidnap one of their own. But the British drive on the wrong side of the road so that might explain it.