Academics oppose Israel boycott

Thousands of academics from around the world have condemned plans for a UK boycott of Israeli institutions over its treatment of the Palestinians.

More than 10,000 academics have signed a declaration saying they would not join any project which barred Israelis.

The group, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), said the boycott plans attacked academic freedoms.

The UK's University and College Union voted in May to debate a boycott, and suspects this has been misunderstood.

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