For years, Britain's faculty unions have debated the merits and morality of calls to limit academic ties with Israel because of the country's policies toward Palestinians. Now efforts to boycott Israeli academe seem poised to accelerate after the dismissal of a lawsuit that accused Britain's largest faculty union of fostering a hostile environment toward Jews.
Ronnie Fraser, a Ph.D. student at Royal Holloway College, part of the University of London, and the founding director of Academic Friends of Israel, sued the 120,000-member University and College Union in 2011 under Britain's Equality Act, claiming harassment and citing 10 incidents that created "an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating," and "offensive environment" for Jews on British campuses.