EU Ambassador rules out academic boycott of Israel

Hebrew media reported today that the European Union ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg, has ruled out the imposition of any European academic boycott of Israel.

In addition to rejecting a unified EU academic boycott of Israel, Faaborg also pledged to strengthen the EU-Israel ties in various fields and in particular the field of education.

He stressed to Netanyahu that the EU was in no way part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, pointing out that European countries were in general opposed to BDS ideology. He said that this position was expressed in the close relationship between Israel and Europe, as well as their cooperation together in the fields of science, technology and education.

The Ambassador announced European participation in an international conference hosted by the Gordon College Academy of Teacher Training in Haifa.

Academic boycott of Israel, usually in line with the BDS movement, has been gaining in momentum across the world and in particular throughout Europe.

Britain’s National Union of Students (NUS) last month announced their decision to affiliate with BDS in a huge victory for the movement.

Last year, prominent anthropologists including Talal Assad and Michel Taussig released a series of essays announcing their intent to impose an academic boycott on Israel due to Israeli policies in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem.

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