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University Accused of Bias

September 3, 1980
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Exeter University, which has received considerable support from Arab governments, has been accused of barring Israeli academics from a conference on Saudi Arabia last month. Two senior Israeli scholars and an Israeli postgraduate student at the London School of Economics had requested to attend the conference. They said they were told their presence would be embarrassing.

They are Prof, Haim Shaked, dean of the faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University, professor of Middle East history and director of the Shiloah Center for Middle East and African studies; Dr. Joseph Nevo, a lecturer or Haifa University; and Joseph Kostnir, a graduate at the London School of Economics who is writing a thesis on Saudi Arabia. The conference, which had been organized by Exeter University’s Center for Arab Gulf Studies, had been attended by Prince Abdullah al-Saud, a prominent member of the Saudi royal family.

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