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Campaign to Involve Jewish Academics More Closely with Israel

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A campaign to involve Jewish academic staffs at British universities more deeply with Israel will be launched here in September, shortly before the start of the next academic year.

Announcing this here yesterday, Eric Moonman, MP, chairman of the Zionist Federation, said the project would be sponsored by several Jewish and pro-Israeli organizations and would parallel the educational work already carried out among students. There were Jews on the staffs of every one of Britain’s 43 universities, but they had not yet been adequately mobilized on Israel’s behalf.

Besides the Zionist Federation, other groups behind the campaign will include the Institute for Jewish Affairs and the British-Israel Public Affairs Committee (BIPAC). The impetus for the campaign comes from the Israel Solidarity Campaign, formed here nearly two years ago. The necessary finance would be raised in Britain.

Moonman wants the project to resemble the American Professors for Peace in the Middle East in the United States. He himself will visit the U.S. next month and hopes to discuss the project with the chairman of the Professors for Peace group and other people associated with it.

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