Staff at London college oppose Israel boycott


A survey found that staff from Imperial College London overwhelmingly oppose an academic boycott of Israel.

The survey, conducted by the University and College Union, the union which proposed the boycott earlier this year, found that 82 percent Imperial College UCU members do not support a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

Imperial College is one of Britain’s premier scientific and medical institutions, with over a dozen Nobel laureates in its 170-year history.

The survey also found that 90 percent of the college’s UCU members think there should be a national ballot of all members before UCU adopts any international boycott.

Michael McGarvey, a molecular virology instructor, said, “In conjunction with the very similar results from the recent ballots of members at the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, this clearly demonstrates that the vast majority of ordinary members of UCU are against a boycott and the damaging effects that this could have on British Academia.”

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