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Two boycott resolutions adopted by British university instructors in 2002 were ultimately repealed, but some Israeli academics have complained of lingering discrimination. Politicians and observers in Israel have denounced the boycott proposals as anti-Semitic because they single out Israel while ignoring other worldwide flash points.

“Not that I think the debate over Israeli policy isn’t legitimate, but the targeting of the Israeli academic is unjust,” said Nachman Ben Yehuda, dean of the faculty of Social Sciences at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

“What does it mean to boycott the Israeli academy? It means to boycott Jewish professors. We need to put this on the table.”