Université de Montréal Rector Denounces British Boycott of Israeli Universities



    MONTREAL, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Luc Vinet, rector of the Université de
Montréal, added his voice to those of other leaders of major Canadian and
American universities in denouncing the boycott of Israeli universities
proposed by the British University and College Union to its members.
    "This type of boycott, which proposes to break off dialogue between
intellectuals, is, in its very essence, the negation of those most fundamental
university values - freedom of expression and the free circulation of ideas.
Whatever people's opinion may be about the conflict in the Middle East,
resolution can only come from pursuing dialogue, not from actions of exclusion
like that suggested by the University and College Union."
    The British University and College Union (UCU) adopted a resolution
calling on its members to support a total and ongoing boycott of all Israeli
university institutions on May 30.

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For further information: Sophie Langlois, Director of Media Relations,
(514) 343-7704, sophie.langlois@umontreal.ca

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