Marcel, Ahmad is not going to Columbia to discuss abstract theories or molecular biology or Chaucer versus Byron, so there's not much academic freedom per se involved. The British boycott, on the other hand, seeks politically motivated over-the-board prevention of true academic freedom for proven scholars who happen to be Israelis.
Syria's al-Qaida branch releases captive Lebanese soldiers (AP)
from the article: British-born academic sent to U.K. to fight university boycott
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