Israeli universities thank U.S. counterparts for fighting academic boycott

A Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protest against Israel in Melbourne, Australia, on June 5, 2010. Credit: Mohamed Ouda via  Wikimedia Commons.

( Israeli university presidents sent a letter Thursday to their colleagues in the United States, thanking them for fighting against the academic boycott against Israel.

Hillel Israel initiated the letter, which was sent to 150 leading universities and colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, and Duke.

“We are honored that you stand beside us in this unacceptable situation,” Hebrew University of Jerusalem President Professor Menachem Ben-Sasson wrote, according to Israel Hayom.

“We have been closely following our U.S. colleagues’ efforts to condemn the academic boycott,” Hillel Israel Director-General Alon Friedman said. “When we saw that these effort were bearing fruit, we saw fit to update the heads of universities in Israel.”

Posted on February 14, 2014 .