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British academic rejects Israeli prize in 'political choice'

Published 26/05/2016

A prominent British academic says she has turned down a prestigious Israeli award for political reasons
A prominent British academic says she has turned down a prestigious Israeli award for political reasons

A prominent British academic says she has turned down a prestigious Israeli award for "political reasons".

Catherine Hall, a history professor at University College London, says her rejection of 300,000 US dollars (£200,000) in prize money from The Dan David Foundation was "an independent political choice".

She declined to elaborate, but the move appears to be inspired by the international BDS movement - which calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

The Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments awards three annual 1 million US dollar (£680,000) prizes.

The prize is named after the late philanthropist Dan David and administered by Tel Aviv University.

The foundation says it will donate Prof Hall's prize winnings to support Israeli and international history scholars.

Previous recipients include former US vice president Al Gore and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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