Academics boycott West Bank college

2011-01-09 21:50

Jerusalem - At least 165 Israeli professors have declared a boycott against a contentious Israeli college in the West Bank.

The academics have signed a petition saying they are unwilling to partake in any educational activities at Ariel University Centre. They say Ariel is an "illegal settlement" intended to prevent Palestinians from establishing an independent state.

The move is opposed by the head of an umbrella group of Israeli universities as well as the mayor of Ariel. He said on Sunday the more academics boycott, the more he will build.

Ariel is a settlement of about 19 000 people in the heart of the West Bank.

The Palestinians claim all of the West Bank, which Israel seized in the 1967 Mideast War, as part of a future independent state.

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