I never really imagined that I would write an entry like this. I am, apparently, anothe Israeli victim of the Boycott of Israeli Academicians (at least those on the 'wrong side of the political fence').
About six weeks ago, I contacted a colleague in the US who expertise I required for my forthcoming book, A World Unseen: Categories of Medieval Ashkenazic Culture (Brill: Etudes sur la Judaisme Medievale). The person wrote a very warm response and expressed willingness to consult on certain issues. I wrote back with a few questions and a piece of my own (and a Shanah Tova in tandem). Weeks have gone by with no response. Subsequently, I learned that this person is a radical leftist. Even then, I found it hard to believe that political differences would prevent academic cooperation. Certainly, I have planty of colleagues here in Israel who disagree with my politics, and are uncomfortable with my being a 'settler.' That, however, doesn't prevent our having friendly, professional relations.
In this case, however, itdoesn't appear to hold. A colleague of mine told me that he has no doubt that my gut feeling was correct. Settlers, evidently, don't have a right to be respected as colleagues. (Or, am I a war criminal?)
I find all of this very disconcerting. I go from sad to angry to depressed to indignant to feeling violated.
On the other hand, as Sir Isaiah Berlin once wrote, 'Jews are just like everyone else- only more so.' So, Jewish Anti-Zionists are just like all anti-Zionists, only more so. Perhaps this professor should read more Cynthia Ozick and less Said or Chomsky.