The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) that was launched in Ramallah in April 2004 by a group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals, including Lisa Taraki and Omar Barghouti, has recently opened two new campaigns. One is calling on French academics and intellectuals to endorse the boycott of Israel. PACBI is stating that as a result of it being illegal in France to call for a boycott which is a misdemeanor — a call to national discrimination - they are encouraging academics to join the call by claiming it supports Palestinian's rights. PACBI states that a group of French intellectuals and activists has recently announced their intention to defy court, following an October 22, 2015 ruling by France’s court upholding the conviction of 12 Palestine solidarity activists on "flyering and leafleting about boycotting Israeli products to support Palestinian rights."
PACBI adds that "Manuel Valls, France’s prime minister, threatened to ban demonstrations in support of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israeli products and institutions." To encourage French academics to call for boycott two Israeli academics-activists have joined in the call, Haim Bresheeth, the former Israeli who resides in London and Kobi Snitz from Weizmann Institution.
The second academic boycott initiative pertains to Italian academics To gain publicity , the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) will host a panel discussion "Knowledge and Power. Discussing the BDS and Academic Boycott Campaigns" hosted by Dr. Enrico Bartolomei a longtime activist with ISM Italy and Paola Rivetti of Dublin City University who is also a signatory of the French call for academic boycott, during its annual conference "MIGRANTS: COMMUNITIES, BORDERS, MEMORIES, CONFLICTS" held on 17-19 March at the University of Catania, Italy. This will be the first time that an academic association in Italy is to publicly debate the BDS/PACBI campaigns.
IAM suggests that academic members of the SeSaMO who support Israel's academic freedom should make their voices heard in the upcoming gathering in March in Catania.
Non Pre-Organised Panel Proposal
The XIII Conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO)
Panel Title: Knowledge and Power. Discussing the BDS and Academic Boycott Campaigns
Panel Coordinators: Enrico Bartolomei (independent researcher) and Paola Rivetti (Dublin City University)
Discussant: Paola Rivetti (Dublin City University)
In 2005, Palestinian and Israeli activists committed to justice and peace called for a boycott against Israel. This call originated a broader campaign, calling for the boycott, disinvestment and sanction of Israel, as a means to raise awareness around Israel’s violations of international law and systematic denial of Palestinian’s fundamental right to self-determination. As a non-violent struggle, the BDS campaign has increased its international visibility and is today well-known and widely debated in political and economic circles around the world. Along with the BDS, another call was issued. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel was launched in 2004 and has so far been debated in a number of academic professional circles, with differing reactions. In the past few years however, we have seen a rise in the number and effectiveness of the initiatives linked to the Campaign, with internationally important professional organisations devoting general assemblies to discuss it (this is the case for MESA, the American Middle East Studies Association, BRISMES, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, and AAA, the American Anthropology Association) or endorsing it (as did the ASA, American Studies Association).
The goal of the panel is to illustrate the two campaigns, although, considering the broader setting, we envision devoting more attention to the Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. We aim to offer data and share knowledge about them. For this reason, the panel aims to present and discuss the campaigns with the help of individuals involved in them in different capacity: scholars, activists, experts, supporters, opponents.
We envision the panel being composed of six contributions. Although our proposal is not a preorganised panel proposal, Laleh Khalili (a keynote speaker at the conference) accepted to be involved and will contribute to the discussion by presenting the experience of SOAS student unions, which voted and endorsed the Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. We are calling for papers that can contribute to build knowledge and present data and information about the campaigns. We also call for papers that shed light on the workings of the campaigns and discuss experiences with them.
We envision contributing to the broader debate about the BDS/PACBI by collecting contributions presented at our panel and propose them to International Journal of Middle East Studies or PS: Politics and Society for their “round table” section. However, we also aim to inform the Italian scholarly community and therefore, we plan to propose a “round table” to the Italian journal Afriche e Orienti.
Enrico Bartolomei holds a Ph.D. in History, Politics, and Institutions of the Euro-Mediterranean Area from the University of Macerata. His research interests focus on Palestinian and Arab contemporary political thought, power/knowledge and discourse analysis. He translated into Italian and co-edited ‘Planning Oppression. The Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions’ (2010) and ‘Israel’s Occupation’ (2015). His articles have been published in miscellaneous and journals, including ‘Oriente Moderno’ and ‘Afriche e Orienti’. He has recently co-authored ‘Gaza and the Israeli Industry of Violence’ (2015, in Italian). He is a member of the Italian Association of Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO). Email: bartolomeienrico(at)yahoo.it
Paola Rivetti is a Lecturer in Politics of the Middle East & North Africa and International Relations at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland. She is the secretary of the Italian Association of Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) and a co-founder and board member of the Lund University-based European Iran Research Group. She published in 'British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies' 'Journal of European Integration', 'Democratization?, 'Middle Eastern Studies’, 'Mediterranean Politics’, 'Alternatives: Global Local Political’; 'Foreign Policy-Middle East Channel' and 'Jadaliyya'. She co-edited 'Continuity and change before and after the Arab uprisings in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt? (forthcoming for Routledge) and 'Civil Society Effect. Practice and rhetoric in Iran, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco? (2010, in Italian). Email: paola.rivetti(at)dcu.ie
Abstract: In asymmetric conflicts, characterized by a strong imbalance between the two sides,
the dominant actor create a narrative of the conflict and that serves its own interests. The power
to present one's own narrative as legitimate, marginalizing those of the weaker actors,
generates dynamics of inclusion and exclusion that become part of the social, cultural and
institutional fabric, thus reproducing hegemonic power structures from which they originated.
First of all, this study aims at analyzing how the dominant Israeli narrative of the conflict,
while delegitimizing Palestinians' demands, served Israeli political interests. Secondly, it will
examine attempts by the Palestinian resistance movement to create an alternative narrative
through the slogan of the democratic state, officially adopted as the strategic objective of the
Palestine Liberation Organization. This study aims at showing how the paradigm of settler
colonialism and the idea of a democratic state have been employed to deconstruct the Israeli
narrative, to challenge dominant understandings of the conflict as a national, religion or ethnic
one and finally to support the idea of a post-colonial society which would include Jewish
settlers on an equal footing alongside indigenous Palestinians.
Israel-Palestine through the Lenses of the Settler-Colonial Paradigm
Dr Nicola Perugini (Al Quds Bard Honors College, Jerusalem, Palestine, email@example.com
Deadline for panel proposals: July 30th, 2014
Although the Palestine/Israel question is often framed as a unique case study or as a national, ethnic, religious struggle, this panel suggests that settler colonialism constitutes a decisive paradigm in order to understand its ultimate nature. Shifting the analytical framework to settler colonialism is crucial both for its implications in terms of new ways of looking at the constant transformation of the Palestine/Israel question on the ground, and for advancing alternative perspectives for justice based on decolonization rather than territorial compromise or division along ethno-religious lines.
Settler colonial structures and narratives underpinning Israeli policies and practices toward Palestinians in Israel and in the territories occupied in 1967 will be a central object of analysis in this panel. The understanding of Zionism as a settler colonial project provides important insights into the origins and persistence of Israel as a settler colonial society, whose aim is not only to occupy a territory and plunder its resources, but more fundamentally to displace indigenous Palestinians and replace them with Jewish settlers. This understanding constitutes a fundamental epistemological and political tool for various disciplinary investigations in the region.
Building on a growing body of scholarship that reconceptualised the conflict as one of indigenous resistance against a settler colonial project, this panel also opens to comparison with other contemporary settler-colonial formations, such as USA, Australia, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Algeria. In outlining the theoretical assumptions and the political implications of this new perspective, this panel intends to engage with and present recent scholarship on settler colonialism in Palestine, thus encouraging scientific interaction with the international scholarly community and further stimulating cross-disciplinary studies that contributes to Colonial, Settler Colonial, Middle East and Palestine Studies.
The panel aims at attracting postgraduate researchers and postdoctoral scholars from a broad range of disciplines - anthropologists, historians, geographers, sociologists and political scientists are encouraged to apply. Papers may cover a variety of topics spanning the disciplines and research fields mentioned above. Outstanding papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of a peer-reviewed academic journal.
The panel will be conducted in English.
170 academics at Italian universities call for boycott of Israeli institutions
- Launch of the Stop Technion campaign urges suspension of all academic collaboration with the Haifa-based technical institute
- Italian initiative part of a growing global trend of scholars taking a stand for Palestinian rights
- Italy is one of Israel’s key military and academic partners in Europe
- For the first time, an Italian academic association will debate the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
170 academics from more than 50 Italian universities and research institutes have signed a pledge committing to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The call was launched in solidarity with the Palestinian civil society campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with International Law and Principles of Human Rights and is inspired by similar boycotts during the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
This marks the first Italian initiative of academic boycott and shows the existence of a solid, critical block of scholars within Italian institutions who are no longer willing to tolerate complicity with Israel’s violations of international law and human rights. The well-documented and notorious complicity of Israeli academic institutions with Israel’s state violence and the utter lack of any serious condemnation on their part since the foundation of the state of Israel led to the initiative.
The scholars also wished to demonstrate solidarity with their Palestinian colleagues who continue to experience grave human rights violations and denials of their basic academic freedoms. The initiative exclusively targets Israeli institutions while allowing for individual collaborations with Israeli colleagues.
Israel continues to carry out its policies of systematic dispossession and discrimination against the Palestinian population living in the occupied territories, within present-day Israel and in the diaspora. Following almost five decades of military occupation and nearly seven decades after the state of Israel was created mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian indigenous population(including lands on which Israeli academic institutions were built), a majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are stateless.
The call signed by Italian scholars focuses on the Technion Institute of Haifa due to its role in supporting and maintaining Israel’s policies of dispossession and military violence against the Palestinian population. A number of Italian universities have cooperation agreements with Technion, including the Polytechnic Universities of Milano and Turin and the universities of Cagliari, Florence, Perugia, Rome and Turin. The scholars urge Italian institutions and their colleagues to suspend all forms of institutional collaboration with Technion, which is deeply involved in Israel’s military-industrial complex and directly complicit in the violations of international law and the rights of Palestinians.
The Italian initiative is particularly significant considering the strong ties that make Italy one of Israel’s key military and academic partners in Europe. A military cooperation agreement between the two countries provides for joint military research, training exercises and development of weapons systems. In 2012, Italy was Europe’s top weapons exporter to Israel. The hope is that additional Italian, European and international academics will join the effort to ensure human rights and justice for the Palestinian people.
The Italian call is just the latest in a continuing trend of scholars speaking up for Palestinian rights. In recent months, over 500 academics in the United Kingdom, 450 in Belgium, 200 in South Africa and 120 in Ireland have signed similar pledges. The number of academic associations supporting the Palestinian call for boycotts continues to grow and includes the American Anthropological Association, National Women’s Studies Association, American Studies Association, African Literature Association, Association for Asian American Studies, Association for Humanist Sociology, Critical Ethnic Studies Association, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, and the Peace and Justice Studies Association.
In mid-March, the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies will host a panel discussion
on the academic and cultural boycott campaigns against Israel during its annual conference in Catania, marking the first time an academic association in Italy will publicly debate the BDS/PACBI campaigns.
A sostegno della campagna palestinese per il boicottaggio accademico delle istituzioni israeliane
We, the undersigned scholars and researchers at Italian universities are deeply troubled by the collaboration between the Israel Institute of Technology “Technion” and Italian universities, including the Polytechnic of Milan, Polytechnic of Turin, the University of Cagliari (medicine) , Florence University (medicine), the University of Perugia, the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and “Roma 3”, the University of Turin.
Israeli universities collaborate on military research and development of weapons used by the Israeli army against the Palestinian population, providing undeniable support to the military occupation and colonization of Palestine.  Technion is involved more than any other university in the Israeli military-industrial complex.  The Institute carries out research in a wide range of technologies and weapons used to oppress and attack Palestinians. For example, one of its best known projects led to the development of remote control functions on the Caterpillar “D9” bulldozer used by the Israeli army to demolish Palestinian homes and the implementation of a method for detecting underground tunnels, developed specifically to maintain Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip. 
Technion develops joint research programs and collaborates with the Israeli army and the main weapons manufacturing companies in Israel, including Elbit Systems. Among the largest private weapons producers, Elbit Systems manufactures the drones used by the Israeli army to fire on civilians in Lebanon in 2006 and in Gaza in 2008-2009  and in 2014 and provides surveillance equipment for Israel’s Apartheid Wall.  In addition, Technion trains its engineering students to work for companies directly involved in the development of complex weapons systems. For example, Elbit Systems has funded approximately half a million dollars in scholarships as a reward for Technion students who carry out such research. 
Technion also has close relations with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, a major government-sponsored weapons manufacturer, which developed an advanced system of protection for Israeli Merkava tanks. The institute has also promoted a master’s degree in business management adapted specifically for Rafael managers, further strengthening the relationship between academia and Israel’s military-industrial complex.  Just as other Israeli universities, Technion rewards its students completing their compulsory military service. For example, military reservists who participated in Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008-2009 were granted additional academic benefits beyond those normally provided for reservists. 
The operation of the vast Israeli military-industrial complex largely depends on the willingness of governments, companies and research centers around the world to collaborate with universities and research centers in Israel. The longstanding and active ties Technion maintains with the Israeli military and weapons industry makes it directly complicit in their violations of international law. Accordingly, cooperation with Technion means becoming an active participant in Israel’s regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid and, as such, in the system of oppression that denies Palestinians their most basic human rights.
We therefore call on fellow scholars and researchers to end all forms of complicity with the Israel military-industrial complex and urge the suspension of all forms of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Technion.
In addition, in response to the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel  until it ends the systematic violations against the Palestinian people, we declare that we will not accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions; we will not act as referees in any of their processes; we will not participate in conferences funded, organized or sponsored by them, or otherwise cooperate with them. However, in compliance with the guidelines of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) , we will continue to work and cooperate with our Israeli colleagues individually.
Given that critical intellectuals, free spirits and men and women of conscience have historically taken the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa;
considered that a growing number of universities , associations or individual academics  and student groups  around the world have organized against the collaboration with Israelis universities and research centers complicit in violations of international law and human rights, and fully consistent with the international campaigns for the revocation of the agreements with Technion ;
We invite all those in solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle to join the BDS campaign until Israel recognizes the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and complies with international law by: 1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; 2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; 3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194. The BDS movement rejects all forms of racial, political, religious and gender discrimination, including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all ideologies based on alleged ethnic or racial supremacy.
We further appeal to student associations, solidarity movements and all those who believe in justice to continue their mobilizations to pressure the relevant parties to suspend the agreements between Technion and Italian universities and research centers as well as to organize protests, debates and actions aimed at raising awareness among academic communities on the implications of collaboration with Technion and in general with Israeli universities and research centers.
Italian Campaign for the Revocation of Agreements with Technion
Istituzione di appartenenza solo a scopo identificativo /
Institutional affiliation for identification purposes only
- Giuseppe Acconcia, Università Bocconi
- Cristina Accornero, Università di Torino
- Luigi Achilli, European University Institute
- Matilde Adduci, Università di Torino
- Vittorio Agnoletto, Università di Milano
- Alessandra Agostino, Università di Torino
- Francesco Amoruso, University of Exeter, gia’ Universita’ di Napoli l’Orientale
- Stefania Arcara, Università di Catania
- Cinzia Arruzza, New School for Social Research, già Università di Roma Tor Vergata
- Manuela Ausilio, Università La Sapienza di Roma
- Andrea Balduzzi, Università di Genova
- Angelo Baracca, Università di Firenze
- Giorgio Barberis, Università del Piemonte Orientale
- Paolo Barrucci, Università di Firenze
- Laura Bartolini, European University Institute
- Enrico Bartolomei, Università di Macerata
- Riccardo Bellofiore, Università di Bergamo
- Roberto Beneduce, Università di Torino
- Elisabetta Benigni, Università di Torino
- Luca Bernardini, Università di Milano
- Chiara Bertone Università del Piemonte Orientale
- Piero Bevilacqua, Già Università di Roma 1
- Francesca Biancani, Università di Bologna
- Alessandro Bianchi,Università di Bari
- Nadia Bizzarrini, Università di Napoli “Federico II”
- Chiara Bodini, Università di Bologna
- Diego Bombardelli, Università di Torino
- Stefano Boni, Università Modena e Reggio
- Caterina Bori, Università di Bologna
- Simona Borioni, ENEA
- Anna Maria Brancato, Università di Cagliari
- Giuseppe Burgio, Università di Palermo
- Sandro Busso, Università di Torino
- Giuseppe Cacciatore, Università di Napoli “Federico II”
- Ilaria Camplone, Csi – Università di Bologna
- Giovanni Capellini, Roma Tre
- Pinuccia Caracchi, Università di Torino
- Federico Carbognani, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
- Vincenzo Carbone, Università Roma Tre
- Marta Cariello, Seconda Università di Napoli
- Diana Carminati, già Università di Torino
- Silvana Carotenuto, Università “Orientale” di Napoli
- Estella Carpi, New York University (Abu Dhabi), già Università di Milano
- Giulio Castelli, Universita’ di Firenze
- Elisa Castelli, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
- Bruno Catalanotti, Università Federico II di Napoli
- Luigi Cazzato, Università di Bari
- Iain Michael Chambers, Università di Napoli, ‘L’Orientale”
- Francesca Chiarotto, Università di torino
- Daniela Chironi, European University Institute
- Alberto Clarizia, Università Federico II – Napoli
- Francesca Coin, Università Cà Foscari di Venezia
- Chiara Colombero, Università di Torino
- Duccio Colombo, Università di Palermo
- Carmine Conelli, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”
- Maria Micaela Coppola ,Università di Trento
- Laura Corradi, Università della Calabria
- Francesco Correale, CNRS – UMR 7324 CITERES, già Università degli Studi L’Orientale Napoli
- Adriano Cozzolino, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”
- Mauro Cristaldi, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
- Mariateresa Crosta, INAF
- Lidia Curti, Università di Napoli L’Orientale
- Armando Cutolo, Università di Siena
- Simone D’Alessandro, Università di Pisa
- Maria d’Erme, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
- Angelo d’Orsi, Università di Torino
- Joselle Dagnes ,Università di Torino
- Wasim Dahmash, Università di Cagliari
- Luigi Daniele, Università di Napoli “Federico II”
- Giulia Daniele, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, già Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
- Antonietta De Falco, Seconda università di Napoli
- Emanuele De Franco , Università di Napoli “Federico II”
- Fabio de Nardis, Università del Salento
- Sara de Simone, Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale
- Roberto De Vogli, Università di Padova
- Francesco Della Puppa, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia
- Federico Della Valle, Università di Trieste
- Rodolfo Delmonte, Ca Foscari University Venice
- Mariangiola Dezani , Università di Torino
- Laura Di Michele, Università dell’Aquila
- Rosita Di Peri, Università di Torino
- Andrea Domenici, Università di Pisa
- Fiorenzo Fantaccini, Università di Firenze
- Cristina Fasolato ,Università di Padova
- Nina Ferrante, Università L’Orientale
- Beatrice Ferrara, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”
- Enzo Ferrara, Inrim
- Alessandro Ferretti, Università di Torino
- Antonio Fiori, Università di Bologna
- Olivia Fiorilli, Università di Roma 3
- Francesca Forti, Università di Milano
- Giorgio Forti, Università di Milano
- Lia Forti, Università dell’Insubria
- Giorgio Gallo, Università di Pisa
- Stefano Ghignone, Università di Torino
- Diego Giannone, Seconda Università di Napoli
- John Gilbert, Università di Firenze
- Elisa Ada Giunchi, Università di Milano
- Javier Gonzalez Diez, Università di Torino
- Gustavo Gozzi, Università di Bologna
- Giacomo Graziani, INFN
- Alessandra Gribaldo, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
- Caterina Francesca Guidi, European University Institute
- Luca Guzzetti, Università di Genova
- Joseph Halevi, Universita’ di Sydney (già Università di Roma)
- Yashima Hisao, Università di Torino
- Antonio Iannello, Università di Firenze
- Celeste Ianniciello, Università “L’Orientale” di Napoli
- Albino Imperial, Università della Valle d’Aosta
- Teresa Isenburg, Università di Milano
- Robert Jennings, Università di Milano
- Paolo La Spisa, Università di Genova
- Vincenzo Lavenia, Università di Macerata
- Luigi Lentini, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia
- Luciano Li Causi, Università di Siena
- Domenico Losurdo, Università di Urbino
- Marco Mamone Capria, Università di Perugia
- Patrizia Manduchi, Università di Cagliari
- Annalisa Marchi, Università di Cagliari
- Loredana Mariniello, Università di Napoli “Federico II”
- Alice Massari, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
- Gianluigi Mauriello, Università di Napoli Federico II
- Nicola Melis, Università di Cagliari
- Chantal Meloni, Università di Milano
- Sandro Mezzadra, Università di Bologna
- Gianna Milano, Sissa – Trieste
- Claudio Mocci, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
- Mariagrazia Monaci, Università della Valle d’Aosta
- Giuseppe Montalbano, LUISS Guido Carli
- Tiziana Morosetti, University of Oxford, già Università di Bologna
- Stefano Morosetti, Università di Roma La Sapienza
- Pierluigi Musaro, Università di Bologna
- Cinzia Nachira, Università del Salento
- Mara Nerbano, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
- Elana Ochse, Università di Torino
- Matteo Ogliari, Università di Bologna
- Giuseppe Orlandini, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”
- Lia Pacelli, Università di Torino
- Silvana Palma, Università “L’Orientale”
- Silvia Pasqua, Università di Torino
- Nicola Perugini, Università di Brown, già Università di Siena
- Fulvio Pezzarossa, Università di Bologna
- Vincenzo Pezzino, Università di Catania
- Luigi Piccioni, Università della Calabria
- Annalisa Piccirillo, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”
- Valeria Pinto, Università di Napoli “Federico II”
- Daniela Pioppi, Università di Napoli L’Orientale
- Margherita Platania, Università di Salerno
- Rossana Platone, già Università di Milano
- Ida Porfido, Università di Bari Aldo Moro
- Raffaele Porta, Università di Napoli “Federico II”
- Nella Prevete, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
- Gabriele Proglio , European University Institute
- Michaela Quadraro, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”
- Gianfranco Ragona, Università di Torino
- Paolo Ramazzotti, Università di Macerata
- Giulia Rapa, Università di Torino
- Carlo Alberto Redi, Università di Pavia
- Valentina Ripa, Università di Bari Aldo Moro
- Paola Rivetti, Dublin City University, già Università di Torino
- Maria Letizia Ruello, Università Politecnica delle Marche
- Roberta Russo, Università L’Orientale
- Paola Sacchi, Università di Torino
- Alessandra Santantonio, Università “L’Orientale” di Napoli
- Donatello Santarone, Università di Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione
- Viola Sarnelli, Università di Aberdeen, già Università L’Orientale
- Luca Scacchi, Università della Valle d’Aosta
- Simone Sibilio , Università “Ca Foscari” di Venezia
- Ivan Sollinas, Università di Firenze
- Olga Solombrino, Università “L’Orientale” di Napoli
- Giulio Soravia, Università di Bologna
- Lucia Sorbera, The University of Sydney, già Università di Venezia “Ca’ Foscari”
- Barbara Sorgoni, Università di Torino
- Angelo Stefanini, Universita’ di Bologna
- Simona Taliani, Università di Torino
- Tiziana Terranova, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”
- Marco Tiberti, Univeristà di Firenze
- Angela Toffanin, Università di Padova
- Serena Tolino, Università di zurigo
- Massimiliano Tomba, University of Padova
- Vincenzo Tradardi, Università di Parma
- Patrizio Tressoldi, Università di Padova
- Sonia Trovato, Università di Verona
- Raffaele Urselli, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”
- Gabriele Usberti, Università di Siena
- Francesco Vacchiano, Università di Lisbona, già Università di Torino
- Mauro Van Aken, University of Milan-Bicocca
- Daniela Venanzi, Universita’ Roma Tre
- Giovanna Vertova, Università di Bergamo
- Pier Paolo Viazzo, Università di Torino
- Marco Viola, IUSS Pavia
- Rossella Viola, Università La Sapienza di Roma
- Marina Vitale, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”
- Paola Zaccaria, Università di Bari
- Virginia Zambrano, Università di Salerno
- Federico Zanettin, Università di Perugia
- Marco Zannetti, Università di Salerno
- Francesco Zanotelli, Università di Messina
- Federico Zappino, Università di Sassari
- Monica Zoppè, CNR IFC
Italian academics call for boycott of Israeli universities
Another boycott of Israel has emerged, this time from Italy: 168 academics and researchers are calling to suspend all agreements with the Technion and universities in Israel.
Published: 01.29.16, 23:33 / Israel News
The academic boycott against Israel continues to broaden, with a new petition signed by 168 academics and researchers in Italy calling to suspend all agreements with Israeli universities as well as the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology in Haifa.
The petition comes three months after 343 British academics signed another petition calling for an academic boycott of Israeli universities on the grounds that they participate in violations of international law and support the occupation.
The Italian academics and researchers, who belong to seven separate universities across Italy, claimed in their petition that the Technion engages in military research and develops weapons that the IDF uses to "repress the Palestinian people."
The petition continues: "We, the undersigned scholars and researchers at Italian universities are deeply troubled by the collaboration between the Israel Institute of Technology “Technion” and Italian universities.
"Israeli universities collaborate on military research and development of weapons used by the Israeli army against the Palestinian population, providing undeniable support to the military occupation and colonization of Palestine," the petition continues.
"Technion is involved more than any other university in the Israeli military-industrial complex. The Institute carries out research in a wide range of technologies and weapons used to oppress and attack Palestinians."
The petitioners also claim that a Technion development project contributed to the development of the Caterpillar D9 bulldozer "used by the Israeli army to demolish Palestinian homes and the implementation of a method for detecting underground tunnels, developed specifically to maintain Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip.
"Technion develops joint research programs and collaborates with the Israeli army and the main weapons manufacturing companies in Israel, including Elbit Systems," the petition continues.
"Among the largest private weapons producers, Elbit Systems manufactures the drones used by the Israeli army to fire on civilians in Lebanon in 2006 and in Gaza in 2008-2009 and in 2014 and provides surveillance equipment for Israel’s Apartheid Wall."
The petition further claims that "Technion also has close relations with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, a major government-sponsored weapons manufacturer, which developed an advanced system of protection for Israeli Merkava tanks.
"The institute has also promoted a master’s degree in business management adapted specifically for Rafael managers, further strengthening the relationship between academia and Israel’s military-industrial complex," the petition says.
Among the boycott measures proposed by the petition are the cessation of all collaboration with the Technion and other Israeli universities, including academic and cultural projects. The petitioners also announced that they will no longer attend visits and conferences that they are invited to in Israel.
The petitioners also stated that they will not be severing ties with individual Israeli academics, but solely with the institutions they belong to.
The committee of university heads in Israel responded: "Israeli universities are under attack from the BDS movement as well as other parties, who are distributing deceitful and inciting material against Israel and its higher academic institutions.
"The committee of university heads is acting with everything it has against this ugly phenomenon. But it's not quite enough. We request the involvement of the state to act via all possible means to stop this dangerous process."
Hamas welcomes Italian petition to boycott Israeli academic institutions
Related Posts GAZA CITY (Alresalah.ps) -- Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” has welcomed a petition signed by Italian academics and researchers to boycott the Israeli research institutions and universities. Spokesman of Hamas Sami Abu Zuhri hailed the petition, noting that the BDS movement plays a crucial role in putting pressure on Israel to stop its crimes against Palestinians. “This petition illustrates the increasing state of isolation the occupation suffers as a result of its crimes,” the Hamas leader pointed. 168 academics and researchers, who belong to seven universities across Italy, have signed a petition that calls for suspending all academic agreements with the Technion Institute (Israel Institute of Technology) and all the Israeli universities. "We are academics, researchers and lawmakers in the Italian universities; we are deeply concerned over the continuous cooperation with the Technion. The Zionist universities participate in military research and in the development of weapons the Israeli army use against the Palestinian people; in addition, they provide assistance to the Israeli army and its colonization of the Palestinians." The petition stated.
Italian academics call for boycotting Israeli universities
Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:14PM
Dozens of Italian academics have signed a petition calling for the boycott of Israeli universities over their role in the Tel Aviv regime’s atrocities against the Palestinians.
Published on Wednesday, the petition has so far attracted the signatures of nearly 170 scholars from over 50 universities and colleges across Italy.
“Israeli universities collaborate on military research and development of weapons used by the Israeli army against the Palestinian population, providing undeniable support to the military occupation and colonization of Palestine,” the petition reads.
The petition singled out the Israeli Institute of Technology in the city of Haifa, known as the Technion, saying that it “carries out research in a wide range of technologies and weapons used to oppress and attack Palestinians.”
According to the Italian scholars, the Technion helps Israeli arms manufacturers develop drones “used by the Israeli army to fire on civilians in Lebanon in 2006 and in Gaza in 2008-2009 and in 2014”.
The prototype of the Oblijet supersonic drone lifts off on its maiden flight under the gaze of its Technion University developers. (Reuters)
The institute also developed a technology allowing Israeli army bulldozers used to demolish Palestinian homes to be operated with remote control, the academics said.
The campaign also emphasized its support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a global effort that uses economic and political pressure on Israel to comply with the goals of the movement -- the end of the Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian land, full equality for Arab-Palestinians living in the occupied territories, and respect for the right of return of Palestinian refugees.
“We invite all those in solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle to join the BDS campaign until Israel recognizes the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and complies with international law,” the petition urged.
Sign on: French intellectuals call for boycott of Israel, defy state repression
French intellectuals and academics have issued a call affirming their support for the boycott of Israeli products and institutions, following an October 22, 2015 ruling by France’s Court of Cassation, upholding the conviction of 12 Palestine solidarity activists for flyering and leafleting about boycotting Israeli products to support Palestinian rights. More recently, Manuel Valls, France’s prime minister, threatened to ban demonstrations in support of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israeli products and institutions. In rejection of the order, leading French voices are proclaiming their support for the boycott of Israel. The statement (translated) is reproduced below.
USACBI urges all academics to sign the international petition for academic supporters at: http://goo.gl/forms/48okW5AjOo
The French petition is collecting signatures from supporters in France at: http://boycottproduitsisraeliens.wesign.it/fr
Petition in support of the right to call for a boycott of Israeli goods in France
The criminal division of the Court of Cassation, France’s highest appeals court, issued a decision last October, affirming that the call to boycott Israeli goods is a misdemeanor in France and punishable as such. A small group of activists of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, who in 2010 had chanted slogans, handed out leaflets, and worn T-shirts at a supermarket near Mulhouse, calling for a boycott of Israeli goods, had been brought to trial for “provoking discrimination” against the producers and suppliers of goods (considered as a “group of people”) by reason of their belonging to the Israeli nation. The activists were cleared at the first trial, but in November 2013, they were found guilty upon appeal by the Colmar Appeals Court, and were sentenced to pay 12000 euros in damages to the plaintiffs, as well as stiff legal fees. In rejecting their appeal of this sentence, the Court of Cassation affirmed that in calling upon consumers not to buy Israeli goods, the activists were indeed guilty of a misdemeanor — a call to national discrimination — and that the Colmar Appeals Court sentence was thus legally justified.
By the decision of October 20, 2015, France becomes the only country in the world — alongside Israel — to penalize civic appeals not to buy Israeli goods. In all the major democratic countries, the Israeli government’s repeated demands to penalize boycott calls have been rejected, in the name of freedom of expression, of the need for a democratic debate (which may include controversial aspects) on international questions, and of respect for political associations. Whether one is for or against BDS as a way of bringing about a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on international law, no one outside France denies the peaceful character of the movement and its right to act and to develop, notably by boycott calls, including the call to boycott Israeli goods.
In this spirit, a group of French intellectuals and activists has recently announced their intention to defy the Court of Cassation, and the policy of the past two French governments, by calling explicitly for a boycott of Israeli goods. In doing so they know they risk prosecution for an act that elsewhere is considered protected freedom of speech. A translation of the new boycott statement is copied below. Whether or not you agree with the tactics of BDS, we ask you to support freedom of speech in France by signing our petition.
We, the undersigned academics, many of us with long connections to France, are shocked to learn that the French Court of Cassation issued a ruling last October that qualifies the call to boycott Israeli goods as a crime under French law. While we do not all necessarily agree with the call to boycott Israeli goods, we do recognize that the call to boycott a state or an institution for its unjust practices is universally considered a legitimate form of peaceful non-violent protest. It is unacceptable for France, a country that makes a point of claiming freedom of speech as one of its guiding principles, to criminalize a fundamental right of political expression. We call upon the French government to display consistency in its defense of freedom of speech and to cease its persecution of non-violent protestors.
If you are an active or retired academic you can sign this petition here: http://goo.gl/forms/48okW5AjOo
The list of first signatories is available below under the English translation of the Mediapart call.
English translation of the call “Nous appelons au boycott des produits israéliens !” published on Mediapart on January 19, 2016
Call to boycott Israeli goods
We will not comply with the decision of the Cour de Cassation of October 20, 2015!
On October 20, 2015, through two decisions, the Cour de Cassation [the highest appeals court in France] declared that the call to boycott Israeli products is illegal, and confirmed the severe sentence that had been imposed on several activists of the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement. To this end, the court made use of an article on the law of the press that refers to the misdemeanor of “provocation to discrimination, to hatred or to violence against an individual or a group of people by virtue of their origin or their belonging to a specific ethnic group, nation, race, or religion.”
This decision is not merely surprising; it is scandalous. The law in question was intended to protect an individual or a group of people who are victims of discrimination by virtue or their origin or their belonging or not belonging to an ethnic group, nation, race, or religion. It was by no means intended to protect the policies of a State against civic criticism, when that criticism takes the form of a boycott of goods. On many occasions, organizations around the world have called for a boycott of Burma, Russia, China, or Mexico, and this clause was never invoked.
Despite the insistence of the Ministry of Justice, most of the French jurisdictions that have been called upon to rule on this question in recent years have refused to consider the call to boycott Israeli goods to be a criminal offense.
With the decision of the Court of Cassation, France has become the only democracy in the world to impose such a prohibition. The situation is that much more paradoxical in a country that for a year has not stopped insisting on its devotion to freedom of expression, and it’s more than likely that the European Court of Human Rights will annul this judgment. Even the Court of Cassation has to take responsibility for its decisions and to respect universal principles, which notably include freedom of expression.
The BDS movement was created in the context of a failure of the international community, which was unable to put an end to settlements and to protect Palestinians from the daily abuses at the hands of the army and Israeli settlers. The boycott movement has been meeting with growing success around the world, as the only non-violent means to put pressure on Israel. It allows all those who wish to find a peaceful expression of their solidarity and to protest against Israel’s favored treatment on the part of the international community, in spite of its constant violations of international law. This is why we are calling to support and strengthen the BDS movement and to boycott Israeli goods.
Ahmed Abbes, Directeur de recherche au CNRS, Paris
Sihame Assbague, activist
Etienne Balibar, Professeur émérite, Université de Paris-Ouest Nanterre
Saïd Bouamama, sociologist
Rony Brauman, medical doctor, essayist
Sonia Dayan, Professeure émérite, l’Université Paris Diderot-Paris7
Christine Delphy, sociologist, cofounder of Nouvelles Questions Féministes
Alain Gresh, journalist
Nacira Guénif, sociologist, Université Paris 8
Christian Salmon, author
Azzedine Taïbi, Mayor of Stains
Marie-Christine Vergiat, member of European Parliament
The first signatories of the petition in support of the right to call for a boycott of Israeli goods in France:
Cristina Bacchielga, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, United States
Rob Ballantyne, Indigenous peoples of Canada, Saskatoon, Canada
Angelo Baracca, Retired Professor University of Florence, Firenze, Italy
Ronnie Barkan, Boycott from Within, Tel-Aviv, Palestine48 (aka Israel proper)
Mary Beaman, Writer, London, U.K.
Ali Benlyazid, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Karen Bett, Consultant psychiatrist, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Robert Boyce, London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom
Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, London, UK
Roel Burgler, Doctor, political and social sciences, amsterdam, Netherlands
Rebecca Comay, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
David Comedi, Physics Professor and Principal Researcher, National University of Tucumán and National Research Council of Argentina, Tucumán, Argentina
Mauro Cristaldi, Comitato “Scienziate/i contro la guerra”, Rome, Italy
Marc David, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium
Chandler Davis, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Colin Dayan, Vanderbilt, Nashville, USA
Lieven De Cauter, Philosopher, Brussels, Belgium
Herman De Ley, Ghent University (Belgium), Nevele, Belgium
Jasper Delva, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium
Claude Desaulniers, Retired professor, University of Cape Breton, Université Laval & McGill University, Dartmouth, Canada
Judith Deutsch, Independent Jewish Voices, Toronto, Canada
Nada Elia, Northwest Language Academy, Clinton, USA
Vincent Fontaine , Musician, Brussels , Belgium
Jeff Fort, University of California, Davis, Oakland, USA
Hassan Fouda, University of California, Berkeley, United States
Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA
Joseba Gabilondo , Michigan state university, Lansing, USA
Maria Belen Gargiulo, Licenciada en Artes en Artes Visuales, Prof. Lenguaje Visual 7 – UNA-, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Daniela Garofalo, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA
Terri Ginsberg, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Faekah Gohar, Medical doctor and researcher, Muenster, Germany
Tony Greenstein, UNISON, Brighton, United Kingdom
Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Associate prof, KTH Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden
Noah Guynn, University of California, Davis, Davis, United States
Salah Hassan, Michigan State University, Lansing, USA
Shir Hever, Activist, Jerusalem, Israel
Robert Holmes, Musician, Dublin, Ireland
Tim Hourigan, Researcher, Limerick, Ireland
Ferran Izquierdo, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Nadim Keith, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
David Klein, California Mathematics department, State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, USA
Zoe Lawlor, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Lucien Legrand, Retired sociologist researcher in the matters of national, european and world migrations, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Les Levidow, Open University, London, UK
David Lloyd, University of California, Riverside, Los Angeles, USA
Sunaina Maira, University of California, Davis, Oakland, United States
Jamal Mimouni, Mentouri University, Constantine, Algérie
Susette Min, UC Davis, Davis, USA
Bill Mullen, Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States
Ofer Neiman , Student , Jerusalem , Israel
Martin O’Quigley, IPSC, IMPACT, Dublin, Ireland
David Palumbo-Liu, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor, Stanford, Palo Alto, US
Ernesto Perez Hernandez, Studient, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Sylvia Posadas, Writer, Pomona, Australia
Nicola Pratt, University of Warwick , Coventry, UK
Timothy J Reiss, Professor Emeritus, New York University, El Cerrito, CA, United States
Bruce Robbins, Columbia University, New York, United States
Jonathan Rosenhead, London School of Economics, London, UK
Andrew Ross, New York University, New York, USA
Fadi Saba, Culture and Conflict Forum, San Jose, United States
Claudia Saba, Student, Dublin, Ireland
Fuad Saleh, Georgetown University, Washington DC, United States
Heike Schotten, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, USA
Richard Seaford, Professor, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
Fintan Sheerin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Sidney Shniad, Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Surrey, Canada
Julia Simon, University of California, Davis, DAVIS, United States
Kobi Snitz, Weizmann institute, Tel Aviv, Israel
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University, New York, USA
Lina Suleiman, Teacher & Researcher /KTH , Stockholm, Sweden
Carlos Taibo, Professor UAM, Madrid, Spain
Rachel Thevenard, Student, Kitchener, Canada
Lode Vanoost, Journalist, Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium
Agustin Velloso, UNED, Madrid, Spain
Carlos Villán Durán, Président, Société Espagnole pour le Droit international des droits humains, Oviedo, Espagne
Robert Warrior, University of Illinois, USA, Champaign, Illinois, USA
Naomi Woodspring, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Karim Zahidi, Universiteit Antwerpen, Gent, Belgium