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Boycott Calls Against Israel
Joint HU-Al Quds U. statement to counter British boycott



Jerusalem, May 19, 2005 - In reaction to the academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions declared by the British Association of University Teachers (AUT), Hebrew University of Jerusalem President Prof. Menachem Magidor and Al-Quds University President Prof. Sari Nusseibeh today
signed a joint statement in London calling for academic cooperation. The statement comes in affirmation of the continuing academic cooperation between the two universities.

The signing ceremony took place at the Royal Society in London at 3 p.m. (5 p.m. Israel time).

Following is the text of the joint statement:

Cognizant of the moral leadership universities should provide, especially in already turbulent political contexts, we, the President of Al-Quds University and the President of the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem, have agreed to insist on continuing to work together in the pursuit of knowledge, for the benefit of our peoples and the promotion of peace and justice in the Middle East.

Our position is based upon the belief that it is through cooperation based on mutual respect, rather than through boycotts or discrimination, that our common goals can be achieved.  Bridging political gulfs -
rather than widening them further apart - between nations and individuals thus becomes an educational duty as well as a functional
necessity, requiring exchange and dialogue rather than confrontation and antagonism.  Our disaffection with, and condemnation of acts of academic boycotts and discrimination against scholars and institutions, is predicated on the principles of academic freedom, human rights, and equality between nations and among individuals.

We therefore call upon academics here and worldwide to act in support of our mission, as one which might allow for ending our shared tragedy rather than prolonging it.

Prof.Sari Nusseibeh
President of Al-Quds University
London, May 19, 2005

Prof. Menachem Magidor
President of Hebrew University

For further information: Jerry Barach, Dept. of Media Relations, the
Hebrew Universityor Orit Sulitzeanu, Hebrew University spokesperson

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis
Website: www.imra.org.il

Today's Al-Quds Al-Arabi Newspaper (Arabic paper
published in London)
reports that the Palestinian Authority has decided to
remove Sari Nuseibah
from his current post and replace him with someone
else from Jerusalem

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