Omar Barghouti

The Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel was launched in Ramallah in April 2004 by a group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals to join the growing international boycott movement. On April 22 the British Association of University Teachers (AUT) decided to boycott Haifa and Bar Ilan Universities because of their “complicity in the racist and colonial” policies of Israel. On May 26 the Zionist lobby in Britain succeeded to reverse the AUT motions on the basis of misleading arguments.