The T&GWU have announced that they will be joining the boycott of Israel- I have commented before on the matter of the academic boycott of Israel but the T&G boycott strikes me as even more worrying. Academics- or politically motivated academics have a record of folly- the Soviet Union strikes me as the classic examples. But traditionally the major unions in the United Kingdom have been stalwarts of the sensible right of the Labour party- this move by the T&G strikes me as more worrying- that the idea that Israel's crimes are much worse than any other state's crimes is filtering down to some extent into the populationl. I commented before on another thread here about the casual racism on the right towards what Arabs and indeed any Muslims- or as Anne Coulter might ragheads. But it is worth remembering that casual anti-semitism is as prevalent on sections of the left as well. We have to be as wary of the second as the first- and therefore its important for blogs and journalists, politicians and people, to condemn both the boycotts and the racism on the right.