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Commentary :: War and Militarism
Trondheim to boycott Israel
30 Oct 2009
And expose Israel's use of the word "anti-Semitism" as a political tool.
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The university of Trondheim in Norway will become the first university in the West to adopt an academic boycott of Israel, if a majority of its board votes in favour of the move at a meeting on the subject next month.

Three days prior to the November 12 vote by the board of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the institution will host a lecture on Israel's alleged use of anti-Semitism as a political tool.

The lecture, by Prof. Moshe Zuckermann of Tel Aviv University, is part of a controversial six-session seminar on Israel that is comprised entirely of Norwegians and Israelis known for highly critical attitudes toward Israel.

Prof. Morten Levin, an NTNU lecturer and member of the seminar's organizing committee, set up the series of lectures - which also featured Ilan Pappe and Stephen Walt - with Ann Rudinow Saetnan and Rune Skarstein. All have signed a call for an academic boycott of Israel.

According to a scientist working at NTNU who spoke to Haaretz on condition of anonymity, the idea of holding a vote on boycotting Israel was modelled on the campaign run by Sue Blackwell, a leading proponent of an academic boycott of Israel in the United Kingdom.

Blackwell was misled with phoney legal advice stating that it would be illegal to boycott the war criminals of Israel.

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