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U.K. Academic Union Votes Overwhelmingly to Boycott Israel

By a two-to-one vote, Britain‘s largest academic trade union has decided to back a boycott of universities in Israel. The motion passed at the University and College Union’s annual congress urges lecturers to "consider the moral implications of existing and proposed links with Israeli academic institutions." The union will now circulate calls from Palestinians for a boycott of Israeli universities to all its branches nationwide for discussion. Israeli leaders were livid at word of the vote. Education Minister Yuli Tamir questioned the morality of bashing Israel while Israeli students are studying under the threat of Palestinian rockets in Sderot.