Anti-boycott leaders talk in Israel


British leaders of the campaign to stop the proposed British academic boycott of Israel traveled to Israel.

Stop the Boycott staff and advisers had a series of meetings and briefings with their Israeli counterparts and senior government officials. They shared information with senior representatives of the major Israeli universities at a special session convened by the International Advisory Board of Academic Freedom.

“As we gear up for the start of the new academic year in September, it is important that all international resources are properly coordinated,” said campaign co-chair Jeremy Newmark, the Jewish Leadership Council’s chief executive, who led the British delegation.

The advisory board’s delegation was led by its chair, Professor Yossi Yeshurun, and included Professor David Newman, who was appointed recently to represent Israeli Academia in the United Kingdom.

Rafi Barak, deputy director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and recently appointed chair of the Israeli government’s Interdepartmental Task Force on Boycotts, also participated in the talks.

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