Most Palestinians Applaud Academic-Boycott Decision, but Some Are Skeptical

Palestinian Scholars Generally Approve Academic Boycott of Israel 1

Eddie Gerald, laif, Redux

Students at Al-Quds U., whose president, Sari Nusseibeh, has opposed boycotting Israeli universities.

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Eddie Gerald, laif, Redux

Students at Al-Quds U., whose president, Sari Nusseibeh, has opposed boycotting Israeli universities.

The recent decision by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli universities has sharply divided American higher education. For Palestinian academics, however, the move was widely welcomed, bringing some a long-overdue sign of support from their peers overseas.

But opinions here are not unanimous. Views differ on what practical effect the boycott might have on Israel, and a handful of scholars say