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Last month, the UK newspaper The Guardian published a letter by Steven and Hilary Rose from Britain's Open University, calling for a European boycott of research and cultural links with Israel until the latter "abides by UN resolutions and opens serious peace negotiations with the Palestinians".

An editorial in Nature argues that such boycotts are misguided and should be opposed in favour of constructive initiatives.

It says that, rather than signing boycotts, researchers worldwide can help the peace proves concretely by actively initiating more collaborations — and encouraging their institutions to do the same.

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Reference: Nature 417, 1 (2002)