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British academic rejects Israeli prize in "political choice"

A prominent British academic said Thursday she had turned down a prestigious Israeli award for political reasons, in what looked to be the latest attempt by Western activists to boycott the Jewish state.

Catherine Hall, a history professor at University College London, said her rejection of $300,000 in prize money from The Dan David Foundation was "an independent political choice." She declined to elaborate, but her stance appeared to be inspired by the international BDS movement, which calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

In a statement to the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, a pro-BDS group, Hall announced that she...