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Israeli academics boycott West Bank settlements
New cultural centre in Ariel (30 August 2010) An arts centre in Ariel, one of the West Bank's largest settlements, is to open in November
More than 150 Israeli academics say they will no longer lecture or work in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
In a letter, they said they supported the recent decision by a group of actors and others not to take part in cultural activity there.
The academics said that acceptance of the settlements caused "critical" damage to Israel's chances of achieving peace with the Palestinians.
The actors were criticised for refusing to perform at a new cultural centre.
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Israel and the Palestinians
On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the last thing Israel needed as it resumed direct peace talks was a boycott from within.