The only thing most of them have in common is that they are funded by the same state as far as I'm aware. They don't have the option of admitting Palestinians or allowing them into conferences due to visa restrictions that are beyond their control. If that is a basis to boycott them until the end of the occupation, that is challenging the legitimacy of the state itself more than that of the occupation. I would still strongly disagree with it, but it would be admittedly a less problematic political statement if the academic boycott had the specific goal of lifting visa restrictions on Palestinian academics.
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from the article: The problem with boycotting Israeli universities