JERUSALEM – The chairman of Israel's association of university heads says he thinks the government is mishandling its battle against the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel.
Ron Robin, president of the University of Haifa, said Tuesday that Israeli universities have felt pressure from the boycott movement, usually through what he called a "grey" boycott in which overseas colleagues refuse to collaborate on projects without offering explanations.
Robin says the government has confronted the boycott movement largely by promoting anti-boycott legislation overseas.
He says he thinks Israeli universities are better off making a "moral" case by stressing their diversity and inclusiveness. He says Arab students, for example, make up one-third of Haifa's student body.
"We need to promote the role of universities in creating an inclusive meritocracy in Israel," he said.