250 British academics against Israel boycott

Ynet reports the following:

A statement from more than 250 distinguished British academics condemning the British boycott of Israeli universities as “bad for Britain, bad for academic freedom, bad for Palestinians and bad for peace”, was published on Wednesday. The statement was published as a full-page advertisement in The Times, and included the signatures of the heads of some of Britain’s leading scientific and learned research organizations.

Professor Robert Winston, a fertility expert, called the academic boycott proposed by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) Congress in protest of the continued occupation of the Palestinian territories, “utterly inappropriate”.

“The academics in Israel are the very people we should be working with, rather than against if we want to promote better understanding,” Winston said, adding that he felt the boycott only had the support of a tiny proportion of British academics.

In a separate story we learn the following:

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on his country’s main academic union to cease its boycott of Israel on Wednesday, according to a report by the BBC.

Speaking to the House of Commons, the British prime minister said, “I hope very much that decision is overturned because it does absolutely no good for the peace process or for relations in that part of the world.”


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  1. Jack's Shack June 14, 2007 at 6:52 am


    I’ll have to take a look.


    You could be right.

  2. Anonymous June 13, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    I think that the British academy has more to lose from the boycott then the Arab Pals to achieve…..especially now when they kill them selves in Gaza.

    Abe Bird

  3. Annie June 13, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    President Bollinger of Columbia made a statement in support of Israeli academics.

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