The Academic Friends of Israel  



Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs 



Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism  


No. 66, 2 March 2008 / 25 Adar Rishon 5768  

The Academic Boycott of Israel: A Review of the Five-Year UK Campaign to Defeat It

Ronnie Fraser

  • On 28 September 2007, Britain's University and College Union (UCU) announced that, based on legal advice, an academic boycott of Israel would run a serious risk of infringing UK discrimination legislation and could not be implemented. The call for an academic boycott of Israel was a political move that from the start had very little chance of success as 60 percent of UK universities have joint programs and links with Israeli universities. Israel's enemies, however, used it to draw attention to their campaign for Israel's delegitimization and destruction. The success of the boycott campaign is not the number of actions that have succeeded but the fact that the issue is in the public domain.   
      The complete essay can be found on the JCPA website at: 
An earlier essay The Academic Boycott of Israel: Why Britain? also by Ronnie Fraser has been has been updated and published by The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in the book; Academics against Israel and the Jews edited by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld [ISBN 978-965-218-057-5, 276 pp.]

The book can be purchased from the following places:
In Israel: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,
In USA: Center for Jewish Community Studies,  
Via the Internet: Scholars for Peace in the Middle East or Amazon


The essay can also be also be found at on the Academic Friends of Israel website;                                                 

Patron: The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks 

Advisory Board: 

 Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld - Chairman of the Board of Fellows, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Henry Grunwald Q.C. - President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews

Amir Lev

John D A Levy - Director of the Academic Study Group on Israel and the Middle East

Andrew R. Marks, M.D. - Columbia University, USA

Dr Robin Stamler

Professor Leslie Wagner CBE

Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham 

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