Sydney Uni fails to clear air over short-lived Ali Abunimah ban

The University of Sydney is refusing to answer questions relating to its short-lived decision to ban a Palestinian American activist, amid claims administrators singled him out for his support of boycotts against Israel.

The university first approved, then banned, then approved again less than 24 hours later an address on Monday by Ali Abunimah, a US-born Princeton and University of Chicago-educated author and journalist.

On Thursday last week the university informed organisers they must cancel the event, then on Friday it said the problem had been Abunimah’s lack of a visa and since he now had one the event could go ahead.

Jake Lynch, director of the university’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and a supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, said the explanation “lacks plausibility”.

Read the full article by Ean Higgins in The Australian