1,343 prominent UK Academics and Scholars boycott Israeli Institutions

LONDON: The UK Academics called on their peers to boycott Israeli academic institutions. The scholars said that “We will maintain this position until the State of Israel complies with international law, and respects universal principles of human rights,” the Ad in the British daily said. In a statement released, UK academics announced that they would no longer accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions, act as referees in any of their processes, or participate in conferences funded or organized by them. “As scholars associated with British universities, we are deeply disturbed by Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, the intolerable human rights violations that it inflicts on all sections of the Palestinian people, and its apparent determination to resist any feasible settlement,” the scholars said. Israel’s embassy said in response that it was particularly callous of the academics to issue their statement in a month when there had been 45 Palestinian attacks against Israelis, in which 11 people had been killed and close to 100 wounded.