Engage is a website originally formed by left-wing activists in Britain’s University and College Union opposed to proposals for an academic boycott of Israel. Engage’s current focus is as follows:
Engage is a single issue campaign. It focuses on one issue, antisemitism, and is therefore concerned also about the demonization of Israel, and of Jews who don’t think of themselves as anti-Zionists. We believe that a new commonsense is emerging that holds Israel to be a central and fundamental evil in the world. We disagree with this notion and we think that it is dangerous. The danger is that this kind of thinking may well lead to, and license, the emergence of a movement that is racist against Jews in general.
Engage’s arguments against academic boycotts and the more general call for BDS (boycotts, disinvestment and sanctions) against Israel are pertinent to Australia in the light of events such as Marrickville Council’s decision to support the BDS campaign.