Britain rejects academic boycott of Israel

The British government rejects all calls for academic boycotts of Israel "because we believe that boycotts divide people and reduce understanding, when what we need is to bring people together," British ambassador Matthew Gould said Wednesday upon accepting an honorary doctorate at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Gould said that while building scientific and academic links between Israel and Britain "is deeply unwelcome to some, who would rather go down the route of boycott than engagement," his government rejects that approach because it understands that "universities in Israel are places where the measure that counts is excellence, not agreement."
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