Boycott Divestment

Do I Divest?

From the archive (legacy material) Desmond Tutu | Counterpunch | October 16, 2002 The end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning accomplishments of the past century, but we would not have succeeded without the help of international pressure-- in particular the divestment movement of the 1980s. Over the past six months, a similar movement has taken shape, this time aiming at an end to the Israeli occupation. Divestment from apartheid South Africa was fought by ordinary people at the grassroots.

British Publisher Refuses to Sell Book to Israeli University

From the archive (legacy material) HAIM WATZMAN | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 15 November 2002 St. Jerome Publishing, a British company, has refused to sell one of its books to an Israeli university, as part of a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. St. Jerome, an academic press specializing in translation studies, is owned by Mona Baker, a faculty member at the University of Manchester. In June, Ms. Baker dismissed two Israeli scholars from the boards of academic journals published by St.

Editorial Statement, The Translator, Volume 8(2), 2002

From the archive (legacy material) Mona Baker | The Translator | November 2002 Editorial Statement (The Translator, Volume 8, No. 2, 2002) Since April of this year, a number of petitions endorsing variant forms of an academic boycott against Israel have been signed by hundreds of academics across the world. On 16 April, the executive of the largest union of university teachers in Britain, NAFTHE (National Association for Teachers of Higher Education), resolved “that all UK institutions of higher and further education be urged immediately to review – with a view to severing – any academic links they may have with Israel.

UMIST Lecturer Boycott Justifiable?

From the archive (legacy material) Chris West | Student Direct | 30 September 2002 "The actions of the Israeli Government justifies the boycott," says Chris West from Friends of Palestine. Professor Mona Baker has come under fire for dismissing two Israeli academics from unpaid positions on the board of her small translation journal. UMIST have strongly criticised this move saying, "Discrimination is unacceptable, the Israeli academics should not have been removed"

Letter from Mona Baker to Colleagues in Translation Studies

From the archive (legacy material) Mona Baker | Personal Record of Email Correspondence | 11 June 2002 Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 10:58:09 +0100 From: Mona Baker <> To: Robin xxxxx Subject: Re: The Translator Dear Robin (and Andrew, and everyone else on the list), Thank you Robin and Andrew for this balanced and rational response. I very much respect your opinions and position on the whole, and some years ago I would have argued in a very similar vein.

Correspondence with Gideon Toury

From the archive (legacy material) Mona Baker and Gideon Toury | Email Archives of Mona Baker | 8-11 June 2002 This is a record of the early correspondence between Mona Baker and Gideon Toury concerning the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. From: Mona Baker, To: Gideon Toury, Date: 08/06/2002 16:02 PM RE: Translation Studies Abstracts Dear Gideon, I have been agonising for weeks over an important decision: to ask you and Miriam, respectively, to resign from the boards of The Translator and Translation Studies Abstracts.

'A rocket in a university library...

From the archive (legacy material) Brendan Montague | Times Higher Education Supplement | 26 July 2002 more of a threat to academic freedom than a couple of lecturers being sacked from a small translation journal.' A delegation of lecturers and students visiting the occupied territories has been left in no doubt that the academic boycott of Israel is justified. Brendan Montague reports. Academics and students from the West Bank and Gaza are accusing the Israeli government of destroying the Palestinian education system by preventing them from attending universities and schools.

An Attempt to Isolate Israeli Scholars Draws Fire

From the archive (legacy material) BETH MCMURTRIE | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 26 July 2002 The dismissal of two Israeli scholars from the boards of two British journals of translation studies has created a intercontinental academic rift that grows wider by the day. At issue is whether Israel deserves to be ostracized for its treatment of Palestinians and, if so, whether Israeli academics should be held accountable for the policies of their government.

Israeli academic considers joining boycott

From the archive (legacy material) Helena Flusfeder | Times Higher Education Supplement | 19 July 2002 A leading Israeli dissident scholar may join an international boycott of his country's academic community in protest against last week's closure of the East Jerusalem offices of the president of Al-Quds University, Sari Nusseibeh. Baruch Kimmerling, of the Hebrew University's department of sociology, has so far deplored the boycott as a scandal. But this week he said he would reconsider unless his university or other Israeli academic institutions condemned the closures of Professor Nusseibeh's and other Al-Quds administrative offices.

South African professor attacks 'apartheid' regime in Israel

From the archive (legacy material) Polly Curtis | The Guardian | 11 July 2002 A leading South African university vice-chancellor has pledged support to the British academic boycott of Israel, comparing the Middle Eastern country's regime to that of apartheid South Africa. However, Professor Brian Figaji, of Peninsula Technikon University, warned against using a "big brush" approach to all Israelis, and condemned the sacking last week of two Israeli academics from a small British journal.