Norway School Says No to Boycott

Norway's second-largest university rejects a proposal to boycott Israel in a unanimous move.

Maayana Miskin , | updated: 6:08 PM

University of Trondheim
University of Trondheim
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The University of Trondheim, Norway's second-largest school, has rejected a proposed boycott of Israel. Dean Torbjorn Digernes suggested at a board meeting Thursday that the boycott be removed from the agenda, and none of the 19 board members present objected.

Digernes said the boycott ran counter to the university's philosophy of academic freedom. True academic freedom allows all sides of an issue to be heard, he said.

Officials in Israel's Foreign Ministry lauded the move, praising the university for “quick action” and for “preserving the dignity of this academic institution.”

Dozens of academics at the university had expressed opposition to the proposed boycott. One professor, Bjorn Alsberg, created a petition against the move.

Professor Yossi Ben-Artzi, dean of the University of Haifa, was involved in fighting the boycott from within Israel. In an interview with Arutz-7 this week, Ben-Artzi called on other Israeli universities to join the struggle against European boycott attempts, and accused several anti-Zionist Israelis of standing behind boycott efforts.