Sunday, May 15, 2005

AUT Boycott Falling Apart


The faculties of Oxford, Warwick and Sussex universities faculty has rejected he boycott of Haifa and Bar Ilan universities by Britain’s Association of University Teachers, reported Israel Radio on Friday morning.
The decision by Oxford faculty to reject the boycott came in advance of the proposed May 26 emergency meeting at which it was expected that the anti-boycott faction would try to overturn the boycott. A source told The Jerusalem Post that the AUT accepted a letter with the required 25 signatures submitted by John Pike of the Open University, calling for the special session, and for a “comprehensive debate of the issue.”
The controversial boycott recently came under fire, not just by pro-Israel groups, but also by British university lecturers and professors

Israeli News Network

Haifa University has threatened to sue the British university teachers’ union which recently voted to boycott the Haifa and Bar-Ilan universities. The teachers’ union is to meet soon to reconsider its decision.
Haifa University said that the boycott, which charges the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of Ramat Gan for supporting Israel’s presence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha), was published on a web site and defamed them. Haifa has been cited for alleged mistreatment of pro-Arab lecturer Ilan Pappe. Different Jewish academic bodies in the United States have sharply criticized the British boycott.


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