An overview of the Israeli boycott controversy

July 17, 2007

In May, the annual conference of the UK University and College Union (120,000 British academics) voted to consider boycotting Israeli institutions and academics.  This is the latest in a series of attempts by British faculty unions to penalize Israeli universities.  Many US and Canadian universities have issued statements in opposition to the proposed boycott, on the grounds of defending academic freedom and international collaboration.  ''In seeking to quarantine Israeli universities and scholars, this vote threatens every university committed to fostering scholarly and cultural exchanges.''  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)