On November 29, 1947 the UN General Assembly voted 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions, in favour of the Partition Plan, while adjusting the boundaries between the two states proposed by it. On May 14, 1948, the British Mandate over a
Over the years, the Arab countries declared wars on Israel with the purpose of wiping
After the Six Day War of June 1967,
Now forty years later, discussions are being held about boycotting
According to the Education Guardian 30th May 2007, “University lecturers today threatened to provoke international condemnation over academic freedom by forcing their union into a year-long debate over boycotting work with Israeli universities.
Delegates at the first conference of the new University and College Union in Bournemouth voted by more than three to two to recommend boycotts in protest at
The conference motion said there should be "a comprehensive and consistent boycott" of all Israeli academic institutions, as called for by Palestinian trade unions.”
Many of us are against the occupation, including many academics in Israeli Universities. However, as much as we would like to see the end of the occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state, at this time and place there is no responsible Palestinian leadership with whom to negotiate. Unilateral return of the occupied territories to the Palestinians would create a very dangerous situation which would make the
Support for boycotting Israeli Academic institutions and sanctions against Israel is hypocritical and shows total ignorance of the severe security problems Israel faces from extremist terrorist groups operating in the territories. The Palestinian people are suffering under the occupation. The humiliation of many innocent Palestinians at checkpoints as well as the economic hardships that they face is a severe tragedy. However, much Palestinian suffering has been caused by the Palestinian leadership, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. They are relentless in their terrorist, suicide bombings of innocent Israelis and they must be held accountable for much of Palestinian suffering. How can we negotiate peace with them when they wish to drive us into the sea and refuse to negotiate? They prolong Palestinian suffering by their actions and blame
If one were to read the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural boycott of Israel, one realizes how hypocritical this is. It is filled with double standards concerning academic freedom. Is there cultural and academic freedom in the Palestinian areas not to mention the Arab world at large? Is there academic and cultural freedom in
I was a student in apartheid
SPME (Scholars for Peace in the Middle East) condemns this action, instigated by a small group of anti-Israel union delegates who appear not to represent the views of the union membership and who have singled out
The proposed boycott is immoral and antithetical to academic principles. It shuts off dialogue, when one of the key purposes of universities is to promote dialogue and thereby the pursuit of truth. It ignores existing projects where Israeli and Palestinian academics cooperate. It requires academics to hew to one ideological line. And it constitutes discrimination based on nationality.
Surely these countries are practicing academic apartheid when they refuse to employ Jewish lecturers as well as other non-Moslems. One can blame
If those, who wish to boycott
According to a report in Haaretz, 31st May 2007,
The president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Willy Madisha, announced the launching of the campaign last week in
"The best way to have
The majority of South African citizens was against apartheid and wanted to be part of a multiracial
If one were to contrast that with the situation in the
The blacks in their liberation struggle never targeted innocent people by suicide bombings or terror. There were sporadic incidents by some black extremists, but the mainstream liberation movements in
Is there not a similarity to Nazism in the Hamas manifesto?
Many Palestinian observers in the UN Security council accuse