The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine
(BRICUP) has issued a call directly
to academic colleagues in the UK scientific community NOT
to apply for funding through the Britain Israel Research and Academic
(BIRAX). This is a politically
motivated scheme whose purpose is to protect Israel from the growing
Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement.

BIRAX seeks to normalise an intolerable status quo and to undermine
the civil society BDS movement aiming to hold Israel

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accountable for its crimes against
Palestinians. We call on UK-based scientists to follow the example
of Stephen Hawking – who chose to boycott Israel in 2013
by refusing to attend the Israeli Presidents Conference –
and decline to participate in BIRAX.