Thursday, May 26, 2005

UK Academic Union to reconsider boycott

From Jerusalem Post

British Lecturers will hold another vote Thursday on its decision to boycott Haifa and Bar-Ilan universities. Britain's 40,000-member Association of University Teachers voted last month to boycott the academic institutions for actions that it said undermined Palestinian rights and academic freedom.

"More than a thousand professors from all over the world have expressed strong opposition to the boycott," Bar- Ilan President Prof. Moshe Kaveh said on Monday. "Nobel laureates, professors who are leaders in their fields, non-Jews, all have shown their support."

The University of Haifa was boycotted for purportedly restricting the academic freedom of Ilan Pappe, a senior lecturer in the department of political science. However...Pappe admits AUT's claims against Haifa are baseless and that the boycott's real aim is to stop Israeli 'occupation.'

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