Academic Boycott

Talal Asad: Why do I support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement?

Talal Asad: Why do I support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement?

April 10, 2015 Carole McGranahan [Savage Minds is honored to publish this essay by Talal Asad. He teaches anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center and specializes on religion and politics in the Middle East and Europe.] I have never visited Israel, or the occupied West Bank and Gaza, but I have several friends, Jews and Palestinians, who teach in universities there and joining the BDS movement does not entail breaking my friendship with them.
Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

by Jadaliyya Reports Aug 06 2014 [The following letter calling on scholars and librarians within Middle East studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions was submitted in the name of the below signatories to Jadaliyya on 6 August 2014.] We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s new military assault on the Gaza Strip—the third and most devastating in six years—constitutes complicity.
‘We want to exchange our personal experiences of war, Sir’

‘We want to exchange our personal experiences of war, Sir’

Nazmi Al-Masri August 25, 2014 This day is carved in my memory. As all academics in Gaza, I had given much thought to my students who were suffering all sorts of agonies and worries caused by Israel’s aggression. After 40 days of atrocities caused by heavy bombardment and random artillery shelling, which destroyed thousands of houses and devastated countless families, the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) did everything it could to make use of the three-day temporary ceasefire, which was extended for five days and then for another 24-hour period before it ended at midnight on August 19th, 2014.
Imagine you are a Palestinian academic or a student

Imagine you are a Palestinian academic or a student

The Islamic University of Gaza bombed by Israeli F16 warplanes, August 02, 2014. (Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Nazmi Al-Masri on August 12, 2014 Over the one-year period from July 2013 to July 2014, I was supposed to participate in six international academic conferences and meetings as a partner in four international projects: three EU-funded projects (two from Erasmus-Mundus, one Tempus) and one BritishArts and Humanities Research Council-funded project. Because of the siege and the current war, I could not participate in any of these academic gatherings, which were held in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Jordan, and Cyprus.
1,200 Spanish University professors and researchers demand to break academic relationships with Israel

1,200 Spanish University professors and researchers demand to break academic relationships with Israel

More than 1,000 professionals have signed a manifesto, released by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) academic campaign for Palestine, demanding to end all institutional relations with the Israeli academic world, until it stops supporting occupation and apartheid in Palestine. The campaign, which started two years ago, asks for support from professionals from the academic and scientific field, and also from associations linked to this field, such as student’s and worker’s unions, research centres, professional associations, etc.
Boycotting Israel: the situation has changed and I have changed my mind too

Boycotting Israel: the situation has changed and I have changed my mind too

MARTIN SHAW 31 July 2014 The latest Israeli assault on Gaza is for one scholar an occasion to rethink the fundamental arguments for and against a boycott of the country. Israel’s slaughter in Gaza must make us all pause and ask whether we should rethink our stance on the Palestine conflict. The killing is presented as a regrettable response to Hamas’s provocations, an almost routine police action as the Israeli euphemism "
Resources on the Complicity of the Israeli Academy in Colonization, Occupation, and Apartheid

Resources on the Complicity of the Israeli Academy in Colonization, Occupation, and Apartheid

General http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1321  http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1307 (see references) http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1285 (see references) http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1175 http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/articles/debate/4461-academic-boycott-has-to-be-part-of-the-bds-campaign http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/news/economy-of-the-occupation/2223-the-economy-of-the-occupation-23-24-academic-boycott-of-israel.html http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1430 http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/catastrophic-thinking-did-ben-gurion-try-to-rewrite-history.premium-1.524308 http://alrasedproject.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/alrased1_eng.pdf http://alrasedproject.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/report_english_yara.pdf http://electronicintifada.net/content/court-stops-israeli-university-suspension-palestinians-commemorating-nakba/13408 Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) http://againstcornelltechnion.wordpress.com/ http://www.usacbi.org/2011/12/open-letter-to-cornell-university-dont-collaborate-with-apartheid/ Tel Aviv University http://www.electronicintifada.net/downloads/pdf/090708-soas-palestine-society.pdf http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10673.shtml http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1216 http://www.electronicintifada.net/downloads/pdf/090708-soas-palestine-society.pdf http://electronicintifada.net/content/study-tel-aviv-university-part-and-parcel-israeli-occupation/3434 http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/right-wing-ngo-funding-tel-aviv-university-dig-in-east-jerusalem-1.529641 Haifa University http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1285 http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1840 (includes Tel Aviv U) http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1794 http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1329 http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1274 Hebrew University http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1852 (see references) http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=11 http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1242 http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=947 http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1738 http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1883  Ben Gurion University http://www.ujpetition.com/2010/10/background-and-update-on-issue.html  http://www.pacbi.org/pics/file/The%20UJ-BGU%20Report%20(15%20March%202011).pdf http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1526 http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=165 http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1527 http://www.aabgu.org/media-center/headlines/academic-pilots.html  http://www.
At the Islamic University in Gaza

At the Islamic University in Gaza

Islamic University of Gaza, bombed by Israel 2 August 2014 Omar Robert Hamilton 6 August 2014 LRB Blog We pulled up to the shining blue facade of the main hall of the Islamic University in Gaza in the summer of 2012. The Palestine Festival of Literature was running a seminar and an afternoon of workshops with students from the Arabic and English departments. Jamal Mahjoub, Selma Dabbagh and Amr Ezzat spoke to a packed auditorium of around 200 students, mostly young women, all veiled.
Educational Toll of Gaza War: At Least 2 Universities, 148 Schools

Educational Toll of Gaza War: At Least 2 Universities, 148 Schools

Rasha Faek, Yousef Al-Helou and Thaer Thabet / 03 Aug 2014 At least two universities, seven United Nations schools and an estimated 141 locally run schools have suffered severe damage in the month-long war between Israel and Hamas. Israeli missiles hit the Islamic University of Gaza early on Saturday, destroying a major building on the campus but apparently not killing anyone. In a July 29 attack at the north Gaza branch of Al Quds Open University, 22 people were killed, apparently students.
Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza

Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza

The Israeli government has already proven that it fears international isolation YARA HAWARI Wednesday 30 July 2014 Israel has lost its grip on reality. The death toll in Gaza stands at well over a thousand and continues to rise by the day. The coastal strip has been reduced to rubble. Rather than celebrating Eid this week, Palestinians in Gaza have been burying their dead. Jon Snow’s poignant message after his return from Gaza on Channel 4 news was heart-breaking.