Friday, 3 May 2013
Letters The OZ 3/5 UNSW condemns views
The fact that The Australian omitted to mention the statement in its otherwise comprehensive coverage of the protest, which in the event attracted no more than 50 supporters, did no service to your readers, some of whom are obviously under the impression that the university was silent on the matter (Letters, 1/5).
That is why we do not accept the limitations on the free exchange of ideas demanded by the BDS movement, and why the Max Brenner shop will open as scheduled on our campus in early June. But it is also why, on the same principle, we support and encourage the free expression of diverse views on campus - as long as it is lawful, respectful and responsible.
Professor Fred Hilmer, vice-chancellor, UNSW
AS a strong supporter of the Palestinian people, I believe that BDS is a peaceful and ultimately effective way of pressuring the Israeli government to stop its illegal settlements, to temper its arrogance and negotiate a just settlement with the Palestinian people.
I have, therefore, watched with dismay as the local BDS campaigners have continually targeted the "soft touch" chocolate franchise Max Brenner while ignoring other much larger companies.
The local BDS campaigners are doing the Palestinian cause a disservice.
Alastair Harris, Braidwood, NSW
Posted by Geoff Seidner at 9:19 am