(JNS.org) The Committee of University Heads in Israel on Tuesday announced the establishment of a forum to fight academic boycotts of Israel.
“This type of boycott is a dangerous process that is contrary to the spirit of research,” said committee chairman and Hebrew University of Jerusalem President Professor Menachem Ben-Sasson, Israel Hayom reported.
The forum will examine and map out the boycott phenomenon and plans to work with other countries to minimize the damage boycotts cause.
“This is a growing phenomenon with the sole goal of harming Israel,” Ben-Sasson said.
Professor Zvi Ziegler of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and chairman of Israel’s Inter-University Senate has been named to head the forum.
“We see the importance of information about cases of discrimination against Israeli researchers, including [academic] articles being rejected for illegitimate reasons,” he said.