For years, Israel lobby groups have slammed the Palestinians' call for a boycott of Israeli universities as an attack on "academic freedom". Now the mask has well and truly slipped.
Next month, the University of Southampton in the UK will hold a conference on Israel and international law to bring together "scholars from law, politics, philosophy, theology, anthropology, cultural studies history and other connected disciplines".
However, in an unashamed attack on free speech, the university has come under increasing pressure to cancel the gathering.
Late last year, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, and the Union of Jewish Students wrote to the head of Southampton's Law School, claiming that the conference would surpass the acceptable".
(*University of Southampton