UK ban of Israeli academics lifted

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A boycott of Israeli academics declared by a UK teachers' union in May was cancelled on Sunday after the union's merger with a larger body whose delegates oppose the motion.

The boycott was also partially lifted because of a campaign against the move by academics in Israel, Britain and the United States.

Israeli academics, however, remain pessimistic.

The University and College Lecturers' Union (NATFHE) voted for a motion that urged its members to boycott Israeli academics who do not condemn Israel's "apartheid policies."

The Association of University Teachers, a larger union with whom NATFHE merged to form the University and College Union, threatened to cancel the merger if the boycott is not lifted.

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