UK minister asked to help curb academic boycott moves

In a meeting this week with UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts, Israeli Science Minister Yaakov Peri slammed the academic boycott campaign and urged Willetts "to try and put some more influence on vice-chancellors to see who are the speakers, who are the leaders for the movement", reports Ben White for Middle East Monitor.

An Israeli media report of Peri's meeting with Willetts quotes the Israeli minister as asking the British government to "eliminate" the effects of the ‘boycott, divestment sanctions’ – or BDS – campaign on UK campuses. Peri also expressed concern, says The Times, "about invited speakers to certain universities expressing anti-Semitic views", and said that "he had instructed the Israeli Ambassador in London to inform Willetts if such an event was about to take place".

According to the Israeli media, Willetts responded to Peri's concerns by outlining the ways in which the British government is seeking to "curb these activities", and also by referencing recently published Universities UK guidelines on guest speakers.
Full report on the Middle East Monitor site