The reasons require a bit of background information which I shall attempt to summarise briefly:
- The lecturers union the UCU launched an academic boycott of Israel a few years ago whilst under the influence of a hard left faction before the more moderate members reversed that policy some while later.
- The issue has remained extremely significant within the union and there is some discussion list where the issue gets discussed.
- One member of that list is leaking the content to Harry's Place, who have published some of it.
- This includes posts by one anti Israel activist, Jenna Delich a Sheffield based academic who has been circulation material from the website of David Duke, the notorious former Klansman. She also links directly to Duke's website so there is no possibility that she didn't know the source of what she was circulating.
The best way to respond to threats to free speech is to give what is trying to be suppressed as much publicity as is possible so as to defeat the purpose.
Update: Just before I pressed "Publish Post", I checked again and see that they are back up for now.