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Boycott Calls Against Israel
[TAU Philosophy] Omar Barghouti, PhD student of Marcelo Daskal expresses support of 155 Professors calling to boycott Ariel U

[TAU Philosophy] Omar Barghouti, PhD student of Marcelo Daskal expresses support of 155 Professors calling to boycott Ariel U

 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Omar  
The fact that prominent Israeli academics are now joining the boycott
against Israeli academic institutions is most welcome. Better late than
never! It vindicates and buttresses the position upheld for years by PACBI,
its international supporters and affiliated campaigns -- including by a
number of exceptionally principled Israeli academics, like Tanya Reinhart,
Ilan Pappe, Rachel Giora, Anat Matar, etc. -- that universities that are
complicit in violating international law should not be exempt from the
boycott simply because they are academic institutions.

Although unaffiliated to the Palestinian academic boycott against Israel,
this high-profile Israeli-led academic boycott is clearly a logical outcome
of six years of academic boycott efforts by PACBI, BRICUP (UK), USACBI and
other partner campaigns in Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden,
South Africa, India, Canada, Belgium, Pakistan, Australia and elsewhere.
Despite its selective nature (targeting institutions only in Ariel and other
colonial settlements) this Israeli campaign further proves that academic
boycott is not only justified, but also quite effective as a non-violent
form of struggle to end violations of human rights and international law
committed by academic institutions. "Academic freedom" can never be used as
an excuse to cover up grave infringements of international law, now these
Israeli academics seem to agree.

Many of these ranking Israeli academics who disingenuously opposed the
academic boycott of Israel when it was first launched years ago have
apparently made a U-turn by now, retracting their own categorical -- and
quite hypocritical -- statements made since 2004 against the boycott. One
hopes that with time their still evident double standard will give way even
more to a morally consistent position, endorsing a full boycott of ALL
Israeli academic institutions for their well documented partnership in the
crimes of occupation, ethnic cleansing and apartheid.

As in the South African academic boycott, for Israeli academics to endorse a
boycott of their own institutions does not mean that they must quit their
jobs or seek employment elsewhere, as some dishonestly claim. There are
diverse ways to fight colonialism and apartheid from within without
committing career suicide. It may mean, for starters, ending their personal
complicity in projects that violate human rights and international law by
refusing to be part of them and urging others to follow suit; applying
pressure on their institutions and academic associations to condemn the
occupation and apartheid and end all complicity, partly by challenging the
organic partnership between these institutions and the state's system of
colonial oppression; and, most crucially, inviting world academics and
academic institutions to join the boycott, as brave South African academics
had done in the  struggle against apartheid there.

World academics should seriously consider an academic boycott of the Ariel
college-colony, at the very least, as a first step towards a full boycott of
all Israeli academic institutions involved in planning, implementing,
justifying or whitewashing Israel's colonial rule and apartheid. While at
it, they may want to consider the compelling boycott case against Hebrew
University, too, as an institution that has been guilty -- for several more
decades than Ariel -- of maintaining a campus mostly on Palestinian
territory occupied by Israel in 1967, in clear violation of the Fourth
Geneva Convention, among other violations.

Omar

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Among the signers of the petition: Neve Gordon, Uri Ram, Oren Yiftachel, Nissim Kalderon - Ben Gurion University

Miri Eliav-Faldon, Marcello Daskal, Ronen Shamir, Israel Gershoni - Tel Aviv University 

Hannan Hever, Galit Hazan Rokem - Hebrew University, 

Avraham Oz and Perla Nesher of University of Haifa


As published on Iranian media:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/159322.html


Israeli academics boycott Ariel Univ.

More than 150 senior Israeli academics working in higher education have signed a petition to call for a boycott of Ariel University Center in the occupied West Bank.
The Ariel was established on the occupied Palestinian land and is within proximity to Palestinians forced to live in harsh conditions and lacking basic human rights, read the petition initiated by Professor Nir Gov of the Weizmann Institute's Department of Chemical Physics, The Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday. 

Professor Ron Naaman from the Weizmann Institute of Science said that the petitioners have refused to take part in any academic activity in the Ariel University Centre of Samaria. 

Naaman said the illegal settlement of Ariel is preventing the Palestinians from establishing an independent state. 

"Illegal Ariel settlement stops Palestinians from creating independent state," Naaman added. 

The move comes around five months after dozens of actors and Israeli artists announced boycotting a cultural center in Ariel because it was built on the occupied Palestinian territories. 

In 2010 alone, Israel destroyed nearly 40 Palestinian homes and 90 shops in East al-Quds, with the dramatic increase of razing homes giving rise to concerns about Israel's plan to remove the Palestinians from the occupied city and judaize the Palestinians' demanded capital. 

A recent report by the United Nations warned that almost a quarter of the 250,000 Palestinians living in East al-Quds are at the risk of having their homes leveled by Israel. 

RZS/MSH/HRF

Sun Jan 9, 2011 11:23AM


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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4011006,00.html

Professors boycott Ariel university



Lecturers refuse to take part in any academic activity in West Bank settlement to 'expedite end of the occupation.' Education minister: No practical significance

Tomer Velmer , YNET

01.09.11




Some 150 university lecturers from across the country have called to boycott the Ariel University Center of Samaria.



In their petition, the lecturers said they are not willing to take part "in any academic activity in the college in the settlement of Ariel.

 
"Ariel is not under Israeli sovereignty, and therefore we cannot be forced to appear there," the petition read. "Our conscience and public responsibility obligate us to take a stand, particularly now, when there is an opportunity for peace and it is clearer than ever before that the settlements are meant to hinder it.



Professor Rivka Carmi, chairperson of the Heads of University Committee said boycotting any academic institution would have "severe repercussions" on academic freedom.

 

"Academic activity is supposed to be detached from ideological or political appeals," she said.



Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar called the boycott "a provocation without practical significance, because the signatories do not take part in academic activity at the university in Ariel anyway, and it is doubtful they will be asked to do so."



Dr. Nir Gov of the Weizmann Institute, who initiated the boycott, said it is aimed at "expediting the end of the occupation and reaching a solution of dividing up the land to achieve peace between us and the Palestinians."


He added that the academic boycott hopes to take advantage of the "certain momentum created by the  of Ariel and show that the consensus surrounding Ariel is false and collapses like a house of cards when put to the test

 


Professors for a Strong Israel chairman Elisha Haas said the petition "contradicts the essential foundations of the academia," adding that "every professor has the right to make his or her position known, but calling for a boycott is an entirely different story and is foreign to the academia."



http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-prize-laureates-join-academic-boycott-of-settlement-university-1.335954

 

Published 00:38 09.01.11 
Israel Prize laureates join academic boycott of settlement university
155 academics sign petition calling Ariel, where the education center is located, an illegal settlement whose existence contravenes international law and the Geneva Convention.

By Or Kashti

Some 155 university and college faculty members have signed a petition calling for an academic boycott of the Ariel University Center.

 
West Bank city of Ariel.

Photo by: Tal Cohen
In the petition, the lecturers state their "unwillingness to take part in any type of academic activity taking place in the college operating in the settlement of Ariel." Furthermore, the petition states that "Ariel is not part of the sovereign state of Israel, and therefore it is impossible to require us to appear there."


Among the signatories are three Israel Prize laureates - professors Yehoshua Kolodny of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Benjamin Isaac of Tel Aviv University and Itamar Procaccia of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

"We, academics from a variety of fields and from all the institutions of higher learning in Israel, herein express publicly our opposition to the continued occupation and the establishment of settlements," the petition states. "Ariel was built on occupied land. Only a few kilometers away from flourishing Ariel, Palestinians live in villages and refugee camps under unbearably harsh conditions and without basic human rights. Not only do they not have access to higher education, some do not even have running water. These are two different realities that create a policy of apartheid," the petition also says.

The signatories state that Ariel was an illegal settlement whose existence contravened international law and the Geneva Convention. "It was established for the sole purpose of preventing the Palestinians from creating an independent state and thus preventing us, citizens of Israel, from having the chance to ever live in peace in this region."

The petition was initiated and organized by Nir Gov of the Weizmann Institute's Department of Chemical Physics. Unlike other such initiatives, over a third of the list's signatories are from the natural and exact sciences.

Gov, who started organizing the petition a few weeks ago, said it was important to show that not only people known from other petitions support a boycott of Ariel, and therefore this petition has among its signatories many scholars who are not from the social sciences and the humanities.

"Israeli academia must differentiate itself from the 'settlement' academia," said Gov. "Only significant differentiation can help our supporters abroad who are working against an academic boycott of Israel. This assistance is important, but all in all it is secondary to the principled stand that the goal of the establishment of the college at Ariel was not teaching and academic research, but political. It may be too late, but we felt a need to state in the clearest language that Israeli academia must not be involved in the settlement project," Gov also said.

Gov said he encountered some colleagues who agreed with the message of the petition but were afraid to sign. He said such fear, "in the current atmosphere, is understandable, tangible. Even if there is no official action against the signatories, we may pay some sort of price."

About three weeks ago, the Council For Higher Education issued a public statement against calls by Israeli academics for an academic boycott of Israel. The council, which is headed by Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar, said such calls "undermine the foundations of the higher education system."

However, Gov said there is no contradiction between the council's statement and the petition. "The council says rightly that there is a danger of delegitimization of the academic system in Israel. We say the source of this danger is Ariel and the settlements."

Yigal Cohen-Orgad, chairman of the Ariel college's executive committee, said: "A tiny and bizarre minority of some 150 lecturers is behind the petition, out of 7,000 faculty members. The cooperation between the Ariel University Center and many hundreds of scholars from universities in Israel and many hundreds more from 40 universities abroad, is the response to this petition. We know the heads of the universities oppose the call for a boycott and all it entails. I am sure that academia will continue to cooperate with us."





http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/pages/ShArt.jhtml?more=1&itemNo=1208619&contrassID=1&subContrassID=10&sbSubContrassID=0

פורסם ב - 11:34 09/01/11

155 מרצים קוראים להטיל חרם אקדמי על אריאל

מאת אור קשתי

אחרי מכתב האמנים

 

 

155 מרצים מאוניברסיטאות ומכללות ברחבי הארץ, חתמו על עצומה חדשה הקוראת להחרים את המרכז האוניברסיטאי אריאל בשומרון. בעצומה מצהירים חברי הסגל על "אי-נכונותנו לקחת חלק בכל פעילות אקדמית, מכל סוג שהוא, המתרחשת במכללה הפועלת בהתנחלות אריאל". לדבריהם, "אריאל אינה חלק משטחה הריבוני של מדינת ישראל, ועל כן אי אפשר לחייב אותנו להופיע שם. צו מצפוננו ואחריותנו הציבורית מחייבים אותנו להביע עמדה ברורה".

בחותמים על העצומה גם שלושה חתני פרס ישראל: הפרופסורים יהושע קולודני מהאוניברסיטה העברית, בנימין איזק מאוניברסיטת תל אביב ואיתמר פרוקצ'יה ממכון ויצמן. "אנו, אנשי אקדמיה ממגוון תחומים ומכל מוסדות ההשכלה הגבוהה בישראל, מביעים כאן באופן פומבי את התנגדותנו להמשך הכיבוש והקמת התנחלויות". לפני שלושה חודשים כתבו עשרות אמנים מכתב הקורא להחרים את היכל התרבות באריאל.

החותמים מביעים מחאה על הפער שקיים בין אריאל לכפרים הפלסטיניים באזור: "אריאל הוקמה על שטח כבוש. במרחק קילומטרים ספורים מאריאל הפורחת והמשגשגת, מתגוררים פלסטינים בכפרים ובמחנות פליטים, בתנאי מחיה קשים מנשוא וללא זכויות אדם בסיסיות. לא רק שהם אינם זוכים לנגישות להשכלה גבוהה, חלקם אף אינם זוכים למים זורמים. שתי מציאויות שונות שיוצרות מדיניות אפרטהייד".

בשמות המופיעים בחותמי העצומה: ניב גורדון, אורי רם, אורן יפתחאל ונסים קלדרון מאוניברסיטת בן גוריון; מירי אליאב-פלדון, מרסלו דסקל, רונן שמיר וישראל גרשוני מאוניברסיטת תל אביב; חנן חבר וגלית חזן-רוקם מהאוניברסיטה העברית; אבי עוז ופרלה נשר מאוניברסיטת חיפה ועוד.

החתמת המרצים על העצומה החדשה ארכה כמה שבועות, במהלכם פנו גורמים שונים - בהם גם אנשי המרכז האוניברסיטאי אריאל - לוועד ראשי האוניברסיטאות (ור"ה). בתגובה פרסם הוועד תגובה רשמית ובה ביקורת על היוזמה: "ור"ה מתנגד לכל סוג של חרם אקדמי וקורא לסגל האקדמי בישראל להתנגד להטלת חרמות אקדמיים על מוסדות ישראליים ועל חוקרים ישראלים באשר הם". הם הדגישו כי העצומה אינה מייצגת עמדה רשמית של המוסדות אליהן משתייכים החותמים.

את העצומה החדשה יזם וארגן ד"ר ניר גוב מהמחלקה לפיזיקה כימית במכון ויצמן. בשונה מהתארגנויות אחרות, בולט ברשימה חלקם של אנשי סגל ממדעי הטבע והמדעים המדויקים - למעלה משליש מהחותמים באים מתחומים אלה. "האקדמיה הישראלית חייבת לבדל עצמה מהאקדמיה ?המתנחלית'", אמר גוב, "רק בידול משמעותי יכול לסייע לתומכים שלנו בחו"ל, הפועלים נגד הטלת חרם אקדמי על ישראל".

לפני כשלושה שבועות פרסמה "המועצה להשכלה גבוהה" (המל"ג), גילוי דעת היוצא נגד קריאות של מרצים ישראלים לחרם אקדמי על ישראל. לפי המל"ג, שבראשה עומד שר החינוך, גדעון סער, מדובר ב"ערעור אושיותיה של מערכת ההשכלה הגבוהה". ד"ר גוב אמר בהקשר זה כי "אין סתירה בין גילוי הדעת לבין העצומה שלנו".

בתגובה לעצומה אומר נגיד "המרכז האוניברסיטאי אריאל", יגאל כהן אורגד, כי "מיעוט זעיר וסהרורי של כ-150 מרצים מתוך סגל של כ-7,000 אנשים עומד מאחורי העצומה. אנו יודעים שראשי האוניברסיטאות שוללים את הקריאה לחרם ואת כל מה שכרוך בה. אני בטוח שהאקדמיה תמשיך לשתף איתנו פעולה".

 

 


 
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