Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, which includes several Nobel laureates, is objecting to the possible boycott of Israeli scholars and academic institutions by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.
The university’s board is to vote on the recommended boycott on Nov. 12 following a lecture on Israel’s alleged use of anti-Semitism as a political tool. The lecture is part of a six-session seminar on Israel that has been given by Norwegians and Israelis known for highly critical attitudes toward Israel.
Critics called on “academic colleagues from around the world ... to refute and condemn the campaign” at the university, according to a statement released Saturday.
“We stand in solidarity with Israeli academics and academic institutions; if you boycott them, boycott us as well,” the online petition reads in part.