With talk among UK academics of an academic boycott of Israel – or rather the obsession of a vocal group of lumpen pseudo-leftists and their supporters in the University and College Union – it’s good to see that German researchers are to consolidate their cooperation with Israeli scientists.
As of the beginning of next year, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council) will assume responsibility from the education ministry for the German-Israeli Project Cooperation Programme (Deutsch-Israelische Projektkooperation). Under the programme, a number of collaborations are selected each year to receive funding for a five-year period. Thirty eight projects have been supported since the project’s inception in 1997.
Let’s have more of this please, and also increased European support for Palestinian academics.