Principle Sigmund Grønmo do not rule out an academic boycott of Israel.
The University of Bergen in Norway (UiB) do not have any exchange agreement with any University in israel. But during the annual International week at UiB, the principle would not rule out an academic boycott of Israel.
«This kind of boycott would not be proposed by the leadership. But if such a proposal come from the employees, we will consider it», explained principle Sigmund Grønmo.
Last year 34 employees at the University of Trondheim (NTNU) signed a proposal for an academic boycott of Israel. Also at the University of Tromsø, there is a similar proposal in circulation. The Board of NTNU declined the proposal, which was opposed by a counter campaign by supporters of Israel. The board at he University of Tromsø has still not voted on the boycott-proposal.
«There are negative sides of such a boycott proposal. Simply because the employees will be of two opinions. One side against the state of Israel, and the other in favour of the Jewish state», explains UIB Principle Grønmo.
Source: Norwegian News Agency NTB, and other media.
The Norwegian Government claims there is no anti-Jewish drive in the Norwegian population. This is simply not the truth. That three Norwegian Universities have a strong anti-Israel lobby is proof enough.
Academic boycotts of free and democratic nations are basically anti-educational and deeply immoral. Because there is always something to learn from people we disagree with. Knowledge and innovations do not have a political color.