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September 20, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

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UCU declares boycott ‘illegal’

On Sept. 28, the British Union of Colleges and Universities (UCU) announced its proposed boycott of Israeli academia would not be implemented.

The UCU, an organization of British academics, proposed the boycott earlier this year and was scheduled to vote on the issue in November.

According to the UCU’s Web site, the organization sought legal council and was told the boycott would be unlawful and would put the council at the risk of infringing discrimination legislation.

President Peggy R. Williams said she received a letter from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) announcing that the boycott would not be implemented and said she thought it was “good news.”

In August, The New York Times ran an advertisement sponsored by the AJC opposing the boycott. The ad included the names of more than 300 college and university presidents who were against the boycott.

When Williams’ name did not appear with the ad, she said she received e-mails from members of the college community, both questioning and supporting her decision. Williams said she has not received any response since the boycott was declared illegal.

Michael Faber, Jewish chaplain at the college, said he was relieved the boycott had been declared illegal.

“This has all been put to rest now, so we don’t have to deal with it anymore,” he said.