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Should I do a PhD in Israel? Concerns about BDS and career

I've been advised to try this forum for an answer, so here it goes.

Due to personal circumstances, I'm currently living in Israel, and I'm considering the possibility of doing a PhD at an Israeli university.

I'm in the social sciences and would likely do research appeals to more left-wing academic (economically and socially), and perhaps the same ones that would be inclined to adopt a BDS stance. My question is: how much should I be concerned about this? If I choose to do this PhD, is the boycott movement likely to hinder my academic career in a significant way?

Since I will be living here anyway for the next three years, the options are not "apply in Europe or the US" vs "do the PhD here", but rather "do the PhD in an Israeli University or "do something else" (like, remote work, or try to find work even though it seems to be rather tricky to get a work permit for non-Jewish foreigners).

So the question is whether the BDS concerns are important enough to consider delaying beginning a PhD for another 2-3 years, or to try and find some convoluted way to live between 2-3 countries during that time.

I've asked a few local scholars and have received mixed responses.

My PhD research will not be conflict-focused, and I'm not sure yet if the PhD topic will have a local component, as I'm originally from a developing country and may have the research focused there.

Thanks in advance

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