Further to yesterday's blog on how to beat the British university union's boycott of Israel, or at least their attempt to make life difficult for Israeli academics and their UK colleagues:
It has just been announced that four of the five best British universities (according to today's published Research Exercise Assessments)
will be going over the heads of the would-be boycotters and meeting with leading scientists from Israel, based at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.
The four British universities are named as Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College, London and University College, London.
As it happens, yesterday I was meeting the Head of one of the Departments at Manchester University, where I used to work and taught about Chaim Weizmann as part of the course on Jewish history. Manchester is now rated an amazing 6th in the country and has a reputation as one of the finest universities in the world. My friend pointed out that the vegetarian restaurant on campus where we were holding our conversation used to be part of the very same Chaim Weizmann's lab when he did his research here all those years ago - scientific research which materially helped to win World War One
Later, of course, Weizmann became the first President of Israel.
My friend told me that the person who runs the vegetarian restaurant, although not Jewish, has a great penchant for Israel and loves taking orders for soup and other goodies in Hebrew.
I nearly blogged on this amazing coincidence yesterday, but something made me hold back. So I am pleased to be able to blog on it now, when the foremost British universities have done what is truly expected of academics - cooperate in research with the greatest minds in the world, wherever these may be.
A lovely story in the run up to Chanukah!