The University of Sydney said on Thursday that it will not take action against a member of its faculty for his participation in the boycott against Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported.
While disassociating the university from the boycott, it defended the professor’s right to free speech.
“The University of Sydney does not consider the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy appropriate, and it is not University of Sydney policy,” Dean Duncan Ivision of the faculty of arts and social sciences said about inquiries on the recent lawsuit against Professor Jake Lynch by the Shurat HaDin Legal Action Center.
At the same time, said Ivison, “we encourage academics to contribute to public debate and deliberations on issues spanning local, national and international boundaries within their area of expertise, in conformity with the law and the policies and obligations of the university. For this reason the university does not intend to take any specific further action on this matter.”
Shurat HaDin said that Lynch had publicly announced his refusal to collaborate with Dan Avnon of Hebrew University and also called for a boycott of the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.
Shurat HaDin lodged a complaint recently with the Australian Human Rights Commission over Sydney University faculty and student support for severing links with Israeli institutions, “actions that would be deemed racist and in violation of Australian Federal anti-discrimination laws.”