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September 26, 2006
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Israel’s education minister downplayed an Irish call for Israeli academics to be boycotted. In an open letter published by the Irish Times newspaper earlier this month, 61 local academics urged their country, as well as the European Union, to impose a moratorium on ties with Israeli educational institutions until Israel “ends the occupation of Palestinian territories.” The letter also deplored Israel’s “aggression against the people of Lebanon” during the recent war against Hezbollah. Israel’s education minister, Yuli Tamir, said she would meet the Irish ambassador to discuss the boycott call but played down its importance. “At this time, I don’t see a real danger to Israel’s academic ties, though any boycott is despicable and we have to make sure it is lifted,” she told Army Radio.

An Israeli military court reversed its decision to release 21 jailed Palestinian Authority officials on bail. The Ofer Military Court on Monday accepted arguments by prosecutors that 21 Hamas legislators and Cabinet ministers should not be allowed out of jail for security reasons. The officials were rounded up after Gaza Strip gunmen abducted an Israeli soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, on June 25, prompting speculation that they would be held for a future pr

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