British-Israeli political geographer Prof. David Newman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the University’s first incumbent of a new Professorial Chair in Geopolitics, is also the founder of its Department of Politics and Government, which has been accused by right-wing groups for the critical positions of its faculty.
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Though labelled by his right-wing opponents as being too critical of the Israeli government’s policies, Prof. Newman plays a leading role in fending off calls made around the world to boycott Israeli academics and universities, and has been awarded the OBE for his services to higher education and his promotion of academic links between the UK and Israel.
Originally from North London and an avid supporter of London’s Tottenham Hotspur (‘Spurs’) Football Club, Prof. Newman currently resides in the Negev and is in the process of writing a book titled “Growing Up on the 73 Bus,” about the urban transformation of London from the time of his childhood.
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