This website is about to get a new look. It will be more attractive, more accessible and more navigable. Watch out for the new site in the coming few weeks!
International Academics Accuse Glasgow University of Undermining Scholarship
Five hundred and fifty academics and prominent intellectuals from round the world have called out the University of Glasgow for making a public apology for an article published in its eSharp journal four years ago. The author was not informed that this apology was being made. The article is critical of lobbying and information techniques used by Israel and its supporters.
Four years after the article was published, and after a complaint by a pro-Israel activist and other attacks, a preface was added this summer to the article, accusing it of promoting ‘an antisemitic theory’; and the university issued a statement on their action saying they are against ‘hate speech’. The University went on to justify their statement by reference to the much-criticised IHRA definition of antisemitism (which links criticism of Israel to antisemitism).
The signatories insist that criticism of Israel and its supporters cannot be conflated with antisemitism. The serious consequence of that for academic research, they say, would be that
“other groups, states and corporations can all be the subject of critical academic analysis, but commentary on pro-Israel advocacy must be limited.”
The academics also object to the overturning of the peer review process which had approved the article in 2017. They are especially concerned about the impact on future scholarship, since this university journal is aimed at early career researchers. It is potentially extremely damaging to have research labelled in this way; the university’s action, if not retracted, will act as a deterrent to researchers entering this field.
The criticism by academics is shared by prominent public figures who have added their names to the petition including Ronnie Kasrils the veteran anti-apartheid statesman from South Africa, the film maker Ken Loach, musician Brian Eno, the author Ahdaf Soeuif, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and international legal experts including John Dugard and Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC.
Issues of academic freedom and free speech on campus have recently attracted national coverage with several high-profile cases. But it is unusual for a case to attract so much international attention from academics across such a wide range of disciplines. The signatories range from Malcolm Levitt in physical chemistry and the mathematician David Epstein, both fellows of the Royal Society, to the acclaimed historian Sheila Rowbotham.
They include two former presidents of the British Sociological Association, John Brewer and also John Eldridge, whose work has been listed as one of the top 100 achievements of Glasgow University. The current president of the International Sociological Association , Sari Hanafi has also signed, along with Gerardo Otero, president of the Latin American Studies Association. There are 20 signatories from major Universities in Israel as well as Palestinian scholars including Salman Abu Sitta, President of the Palestine Land Society. Professor Hagit Borer has signed on behalf of Israel Academics UK along with Jacqueline Rose of Independent Jewish Voices.
The signatories state that they stand absolutely against antisemitism and all forms of discrimination. But they believe that the making of false claims is entirely counterproductive since it spreads confusion and weakens the struggle against actual racism.
They are calling on the University to withdraw both its apology and its comments linking the article to hate speech, and to assert its commitment to the right to critical commentary in scholarship.
Signatory George P Smith, Nobel laureate in Chemistry, has commented as follows:
“I ask my fellow academics: Is campaigning to discredit scholarship we strongly disagree with as ‘hate speech’ an honorable or effective way to rebut it?”
And Noam Chomsky says:
“The capitulation by the University of Glasgow is a serious blow to academic freedom that should not be allowed to stand.”
Pro-Israeli attempt at cultural censorship fails: Public outrage forces Manchester University and the Whitworth Gallery to think again
In a quick U-turn the Whitworth Gallery, part of the University of Manchester, has reinstated a statement about Palestine, part of the research group Forensic Architecture’s Cloud Studies exhibition there, which it had taken down after complaints. The complaints came from a group of official and unofficial Jewish organisation in the NorthWest, and also the pressure group UK Lawyers for Israel.
The exhibition, part of the Manchester International Festival, has been open since the start of July. It dramatically details the environmental effects of various sorts of toxic clouds of many different types, in countries including the UK and the US, Indonesia, Turkey – and Israel. Forensic Architecture is based at Goldsmiths University of London and is headed by Professor Eyal Weitzman, a British-Israeli.
Responding to the Israeli military action in Gaza and the West Bank earlier in the summer, Forensic Architecture posted up a statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people in its exhibition space. It was this statement that the Jewish and pro-Israeli groups protested about, claiming that it caused distress to local Jews and violated the University’s public sector equality duty to have due regard to fostering good relations between different communities! When the University agreed to this demand Forensic Architecture closed their exhibition.
This extraordinary interference with the integrity of an exhibition without consultation with its originators produced a storm of opposition. This included a letter from BRICUP to the Vice Chancellor of the University, the Director of the Gallery, and others. It is believed that thirteen thousand protest messages were received. Within days the University had reversed itself, and it was announced that the exhibition would reopen with the statement in place.
This is a much-needed example of a successful fight back against the incessant pressure to censor any criticism of Israel or its actions. Another aspect of this pressure is the campaign to force English universities to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Resistance to that campaign is growing too.
2021, the year of Israeli apartheid
Ahmed Abbes and Jonathan Rosenhead argue that the Declaration on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid in Historic Palestine marks a turning point in the struggle for Palestinian rights.
Richard T.W. Arthur withdraws from giving keynote address at Technion
Richard Arthur, Professor Emeritus at McMaster University, has withdrawn from a speaking engagement at the Technion, where he had been invited as a keynote speaker. As he explains on his website (see the entry for June 14th), “I had to inform my host, Professor Ohad Nachtomy (whom I count as a good friend) that I had decided to withdraw, finding myself in a very difficult situation after the recent distressing events in Gaza that we had previously discussed, especially in light of what I had since learned about the Technion and its complicity in developing much of the military technology used in those attacks.”
We applaud Prof. Arthur for taking a moral stand in support of Palestine.
Sign the Academic Commitment for Palestine
“As scholars associated with UK universities, and responding to the call from Palestinian civil society, we declare that we will not:
- accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions;
- act as referees in any of their processes;
- participate in conferences funded, organised or sponsored by them, or otherwise cooperate with them.
We will, however, continue to work with our Israeli colleagues in their individual capacities.
This commitment is our response to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, and the intolerable human rights violations inflicted on all sections of the Palestinian people. We will maintain this position until the State of Israel complies with international law, and respects universal principles of human rights.”
(And please sign again even if you signed it a year or so ago)
Declaration on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid in Historic Palestine
Over 700 scholars, artists and intellectuals from more than 45 countries have signed the following declaration calling for the dismantling of the apartheid regime set up on the territory of historic Palestine and the establishment of a democratic constitutional arrangement that grants all its inhabitants equal rights and duties. …
Scroll down for the link to add your name.
Media exclude millions of Palestinians when counting Israel’s vaccination rate
“Over a dozen rights groups have accused Oxford University of using politicised numbers and “celebrating” a military occupation because its website tracking coronavirus vaccine delivery, Our World in Data, does not include Palestinians in its figures on Israel’s vaccine rollout.”
BRICUP Statement: Bias in revisions made to two Pearson GCSE Textbooks
A group of academics have uncovered bias that has been introduced into GCSE textbooks on Middle East history. They found hundreds of changes in two books published by Pearson, averaging over 3 alterations per page. The changes to the books were made at the instigation of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and UK Lawyers for Israel. The examinations at which these textbooks are targeted are sat by thousands of GCSE and International GCSE students annually.
The report of this investigation, below, finds that changes have been made to what facts are presented, what interpretations given, and what language employed. In almost every case the alterations move these books towards supporting an Israel-friendly version of that history, and away from presenting the Palestinian narrative.
The report’s authors call for the books’ immediate withdrawal.
BRICUP Statement: the Attacks on Professor David Miller
The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) has expressed its deep concern to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol over the renewed attacks on the integrity of one of the University’s distinguished members of staff, Professor David Miller. It has also been in contact with Professor Miller to offer whatever support the Committee can provide.
BRICUP is not qualified to comment on Professor’s Miller’s scholarly work but affirms the responsibility of all academics, irrespective of discipline or political view, to defend his right to teach and research without the threat of external intervention. That is a principle that is at the core of academic freedom.This assault on Professor Miller’s character is an attempt to remove that freedom.
The accusations of antisemitism against Professor Miller result from his criticisms of Israel, of Israeli government policy, and of Zionism as the political ideology of the state. Such criticisms could, of course, issue from someone motivated by antisemitism. There is, however, no evidence that this obtains in the case of Professor Miller. Indeed, there is a body of evidence to show him to be a committed anti-racist.
Over the last decade, there have been repeated demands that Professor Miller be dismissed from his position. He has been a target, for reasons entirely unconnected with antisemitism, since 2011. That was the year in which he exposed the misleading information provided to the Government by the Community Security Trust in an attempt to prevent the admission to the UK of a Palestinian religious leader who was scheduled to speak at a Palestine Solidarity Campaign meeting.
As on previous occasions, the current attack on Professor Miller as an alleged antisemite relies on the highly contentious International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. This is the definition that was rejected overwhelmingly by the Academic Board of University College London in February 2021. Any definition should provide clarity – but the IHRA definition whether by accident or design is so opaque that it requires examples to give it any content.It is these contentious examples that focus especially on statements that might be made about Israel.
Reliance on this definition to identify antisemitic speech without consideration of context or motivation is entirely inappropriate. Professor Miller’s accusers present no such evidence; and surely if they had any it would have been produced.Without such evidence neither the University nor the court of public opinion should take these accusations at face value.
The potential chilling effect of the IHRA definition on academic freedom and freedom of expression needs to be resisted fiercely by all academic staff and by all educators, and especially by those in positions of trust in our academic institutions.
This assault on Professor Miller is not an isolated case. Academic colleagues at a number of other universities are currently being targeted in just this way with the aim of securing their dismissal. In all of these cases, as at Bristol, student complaints against lecturers are being assisted if not coordinated by outside bodies. A related attack was made this month at the University of Oxford on the celebrated film director, Ken Loach, a life-long anti-racist and defender of the oppressed. The campaign to ‘no platform’ him alleged antisemitism. That accusation was grounded, of course, not in any evidence of hostility or hatred towards Jews but in his outspoken support for the struggle of the Palestinians, and his criticism of Israel. His attackers cited the IHRA definition as justification.
This widespread and deplorable activity is not simply designed to achieve the dismissal of individuals. Its aim is clearly to create an atmosphere in which all academic staff self-censor when it comes to any analysis of the nature of Israel, and of the consequences of its policies.
BRICUP has urged the management group at the University of Bristol to defend the academic freedom of Professor Miller, and to defend the integrity of theUniversity’s guarantee both of academic freedom and of freedom of expression, as it is duty bound in law.
Recordings of BRICUP’s 23 January webinar
Recordings of a Zoom briefing on how to understand and resist the
pressure on universities and colleges across the country to adopt
the contentious IHRA Definition of Antisemitism. In England this has
now taken a new form: the attempt by the Secretary of State, Gavin
Williamson, to force universities to comply through the threat of
The briefing addressed both the abuse of the definition as a means
of silencing Palestine advocacy, and the attack on academic freedom
and university autonomy which Wiliamson’s demand represents. And it
was designed to provide a toolkit for negotiating with managements,
preparing motions or statements or talks on the definition, and campaigning
amongst staff and students.
Briefing on IHRA Definition of Antisemitism Part I
With speakers Ben Jamal (PSC), Omar Barghouti (PACBI), Jonathan
Rosenhead (BRICUP) and Salma Karmi-Ayyoub (Barrister and Human Rights
Briefing on IHRA Definition of Antisemitism Part II
With speakers Tom Hickey (BRICUP), Ghada Karmi (Author, activist
and academic), Mark Abel (University of Brighton UCU) and Richard
Kuper (Jewish Voice for Labour).
Prof. Imad Barghouti now in Administrative Detention
Professor Imad Barghouthi has been placed under administrative detention until November 15th. He will therefore not be able to be reunited with his family and supervise his students, despite a judge’s decision to release him on bail.
Omar Barghouti Banned from the USA
On April 11th, 2019, the co-founder of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights, Omar Barghouti, was prevented from boarding a plane to fly from Tel Aviv to the United States for a lecture tour, and to attend his daughter’s wedding. The US government had cancelled his visa and denied him entry.
Birzeit University condemns breach of academic freedom after academics forced to leave Palestine
Is your university complicit in breaking international law?
Stand Against Apartheid Lawfare! Stand with the American Studies Association
Joint statement of Palestinian Student Societies of Universities in the UK on Trump
Press Release: International scientists and academics say it is colleagues’ “moral
duty” to boycott conference in Jerusalem
The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), has scheduled its 2017
Congress for 10-14 September. But the venue – the International Convention Centre
in Jerusalem – has made it a target for the Palestinian-led campaign for the academic
boycott of Israel.
UCU Congress rejects “confusing” IHRA definition of antisemitism
BRICUP’s model resolution has been adopted by UCU Congress, no doubt to the dismay of the Board of Deputies and other sections of the Israel lobby.
Sciences Po students walk out from Israeli ambassador
Students at Sciences Po, the leading French social science university, protested strongly when the university management invited the Israeli ambassador to France to lecture at the university.
The students delivered an uninterrupted five-minute statement indicting Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights, condemning efforts to censor the Palestine solidarity movement in France and calling for full support of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). After they had expressed their anger they staged a mass walk out.
Support of our colleague Eleonora Roldán
BRICUP has co-signed a letter in support of Eleonora Roldán
Mendívil who is being victimised for alleged antisemitism. She
has not been informed about what material of hers is claimed ot be antisemitic;
an allegtion she firmly denies.
We were dismayed to hear of the decision taken by the Otto Suhr Institute
for Political Science of the Freie Universität Berlin to suspend
the follow-up teaching contract of Eleonora Roldán Mendívil,
and to initiate an investigation of alleged antisemitic content in
material that she has published.
The precise allegations against her have not been made public, but
seem to relate to material posted on a website notorious for its links
to far right European politicians. The provenance of these claims
should itself give pause to any academic institution, a main part
of whose remit should be to protect academic freedom in research and
teaching. This website does not present any specific evidence to corroborate
its allegations, other than the young scholar’s impertinence
in applying a settler colonial analysis to the state of Israel. This
analysis was in any case outside her course ‘Racism in Capitalism’,
in which (see her recent interview) she also made no statements at
all on Israel…
Professor Catherine Hall withdraws
from Israel’s Dan David Prize
In a significant boost to the campaign to support
Catherine told BRICUP, “I have withdrawn from the prize
Catherine Hall has renounced her share
Catherine’s stance ws reinforced by the decision of Professor
Israel imposes travel ban on PACBI activist
Israel has officially refused to renew the travel
Barghouti, who lives with his family in Acre, has Israeli permanent
travel in and out of Palestine/Israel.
Leading Palestinian scientist seized -again
Photo by Jamal Mimouni
On 24 April Imad al-Barghouthi, Professor of Astrophysics
He was previously arrested and held without charge in December
French partners AURDIP played a leading part in
BRICUP and AURDIP are committed to securing his prompt release
Boycott BIRAX! Appeal to UK scientists
not to apply for tainted funding
The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine
BIRAX seeks to normalise an intolerable status quo and to undermine
accountable for its crimes against
BRICUP joins European colleagues to protest
EU presence at ‘Stop the Boycott’ conference
BRICUP, along with its sister organisations in France and Belgium,
has written to EU Foreign Policy Chief to protest against the participation
of the head of the EU delegation to Israel, in the “Stop the Boycott”
Conference in Jerusalem on 28 March. His presence both undermines the
EU policy on the illegaility of settlement goods and implicitlyt endorses
the threats to the safety, and even lives, of BDS advocates issued at
The letter demands that the EU “reassert the EU’s opposition
to existing and prospective Israeli settlements in the illegally occupied
territories, and above all warn the Israeli government against attacks
on Omar Barghouti and other Palestinian civil rights activists”
Read the letter to Federica
Organisers of banned Southampton Law Conference
appeal for financial support
A year ago Southampton University succumbed to Zionist and Government
pressure and cancelled International Law & the
State of Israel: Responsibility, Legitimacy and Exceptionalism Conference.
The organisers, with the support of hundreds of supporters launched
legal action to get the university’s actions reviewed. At the same time
they have been trying to negotiate the re-instatement of the conference
but have been told they must pay a prohibitive security bill of £25,000.
The organisers have also asked for judicial review of this effective
ban. These cases are both due in the courts in April and the conference
organisers are appealing for financial support.
Israeli Sociological Society calls for
a boycott of settler Ariel University
Professor Uri Ram, the newly elected president
The boycott initiative by Prof. Ram of the Ben-Gurion University
The members are expected to discuss the initiative
Ariel University management denouced this call for a moral stance
McGraw-Hill censors text book showing Israeli
seizure of Palestinian land
McGraw-Hill, the major US text book publishing
This sequence of maps, which is a graphic representation of successive
McGraw-Hill stated, “As soon as we learned about the concerns
initiated an academic review. The
University of California policy equates
anti-zionism with anti-semitism
Zionist lobby groups have been engaged in a long running camapign to
demonise the powerful Palestinian rights campaigns on University of
California campuses. They have been fighting back against powerful divestment
campaigns at UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley and
UC Riverside; a BDS vote in the Student Workers UAW trade union branch;
and camapigns in support of professors under attack for support of Palestinians
at UC Santa Barbra and elsewhere.
While the lobby groups have fallen short of getting the full EUMC
definition of antisemitism included in the policy document, they
have succeeded in gettng a false and damaging equation of anti-semitism
and anti-zionism inserted.
Zionists in the US, as well as in the UK and many other countries,
know htey have lost the arguments about the illegality and inhumanity
of the Israeli regime and are determined to prevent open discussion.
To do this they have demonstrated they will abuse both political and
intolerance policy goes dangerously astray on anti-Semitism –
LA Times Editorial Board
Isn’t a ‘Form of Discrimination,’ and It’s Not anti-Semitism –
Rabbi Brant Rosen, Ha’aretz
BRICUP protests at cancellation of panel
on the academic boycott at Catania University
BRICUP has written
to Professor Giacomo Pignataro, Rector of Catania University, to
protest that a panel on the implications of academic and cultural boycott
campaigns against Israel, meant to take place during the conference
of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies has been removed
from the official programme.
This follows on the banning or cancellation of events around Palestine
at a number of Italian Universities in recent months. These multiple
occurrences suggest a worrying pattern of an organised campaign to disrupt
and prevent the open discussion of key human rights issues – exactly
the sort of liberty which should be second nature to universities. Complicity
in this campaign of censorship threatens to bring the whole Italian
university system into disrepute.
Send your own message to Professor
Billionaire donor using British Council
to combat Israel boycott
by describing itself as a “non-political
Ten new pieces of Israeli discriminatory
and anti-democratic legislation
Adalah, the Legal Centre for Arab
began in late September
The measures include a new
Doctors condemn WMA president for glossing
over complicity of Israeli Medical Association
A submission was made in January this year by 71 UK doctors to the
WMA, attaching a comprehensive report from the Israeli organisation
Physicians for Human Rights (PHRI), with detailed case studies showing
the complicity of Israeli doctors working in security units in which
torture of Palestinian detainees was routine. The BMJ has previously
reported on this. We also submitted a study published last November
which showed that sexual torture too was endemic. Why are the doctors
posted to these units not protecting the detainees and protesting, and
why has the IMA never acted on such reports, as required to do by the
WMA Declaration of Tokyo?
The new WMA President is the UK medical academic Sir Michael Marmot,
and we looked to him to bring his international reputation to bear on
a case that has been a standing reproach to the idea that global regulation
of the ethical behaviour of doctors is even-handed and effective. His
response is superficial and issued without examing the evidence provided.
A response ot the dismissal of these concerns has been published in
the British Medical Journal.
Vassar Trustees threaten to garnishee $900K
if Student Association endorse #BDS
The Vassar Student Association (VSA) Executive
The resolution, authored by Vassar’s Jewish Voice for Peace and
bylaws prohibiting VSA from using funds to purchase
University of Toronto faculty endorse Graduate
Students’ Union divestment campaign
Over 125 University of Toronto faculty members
The students’ campaign calls on the University of Toronto Asset
Carolyn Levett/The Varsity
Management Corporation (UTAM) to divest
The Tantura massacre of 1948 and the academic
character assassination of Teddy Katz
Remains of mosque in Tantura ruins
Jonathan Ofir conducted a long interview with Teddy
Katz came under enormous pressure to renounce his research and
The interview reveals how Israel’s commitment to
Emerging from a ‘reign of terror’: Palestinians
in Israel hold first BDS conference
Israel’s large Palestinian minority held
One participant called it a sign that the Palestinian minority
Cook’s report in Mondoweiss
Mental health professionals protest decision
to hold conference in Jerusalem
Over 140 psychotherapists, researchers and other mental health professionals
have written an open letter to the Society for Psychotherapy Research
(SPR) to express dismay at its decision to hold its next international
conference in Jerusalem.
In the letter, the group of professionals called for the conference
to move locations, explaining that Israel’s policies in the Occupied
Palestinian Territories, including house demolitions, movement restrictions
and imprisonment without trial, result in “insecurity, despair,
helplessness and humiliation”.
Academics of Jewish origin defend Oxford
University Labour Club against charges of antisemitism
10 UK academics of Jewish origin sent a message of support to Oxford
University Labour Club after the club was accused of antisemitism for
Apartheid Week. They told the club “As academics of Jewish
origin we know what antisemitism looks and smells like and we know that
IAW is not antisemitic”
Covertly, Israel prepares to fight boycott
The Israeli government recently allotted nearly $26 million in this
year’s budget to combat what it sees as worldwide efforts to “delegitimize”
the Jewish state’s right to exist. Some of the funds are earmarked for
Israeli tech companies, many of them headed by former military intelligence
officers, for digital initiatives aimed at gathering intelligence on
activist groups and countering their efforts.
Vaknin-Gil, the director general of Israel’s Ministry for Strategic
Affairs and Public Diplomacy [hasbara] said her ministry is encouraging
initiatives to expose the funding and curb the activities of anti-Israel
activists, as well as campaigns to “flood the Internet” with
content that puts a positive face on Israel. She said some of these
actions will not be publicly identified with the government.
We will not work with Israel’s
Academic Commitment launched in Guardian Advertisement
500 more signatures by end of first day Add
The call received worldwide coverage. You can follow links to
A commitment signed by 343 academics across UK’s higher
This Academic Commitment is a response to the appeal for such
What you can do
We invite all UK based academics to sign this commitment and
Columbia University NY Faculty Call for
Acadremics at this leading US university announce they stand with Columbia
University Apartheid Divest, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine
as well as with Jewish Voice for Peace in calling upon the University
to take a moral stance against Israel’s violence in all its forms. They
demand that the University divest from corporations that supply, perpetuate,
and profit from a system that has subjugated the Palestinian people
for over 68 years. They note that our position unequivocally stands
in support of a non-violent movement privileging human rights as the
only means toward finding a political resolution.
Law firm sponsored pro-Israel events at
Columbia– but only raised objection to ‘Palestine’ event
The law firm Milbank Tweed sponsored many pro-Israel events at Columbia
Law School and a session on CIA torture, too, with its name plastered
all over these events, and there was no problem– but it blew a gasket
and reportedly asked for its money back from Harvard Law School because
an event last October was pro-Palestine and had Milbank’s name on it,
thanking the firm for its support.
Faculty for Justice in Palestine launched
a call to launch Faculty
for Justice in Palestine groups on campuses in order to provide
a structure for faculty to engage in Palestine solidarity work
and support SJP organizing and BDS campaigns.
Faculty at UC Davis, Kent State University, University of Florida,
University of Hawai‘i and Purdue University have launched groups
including faculty, graduate students, and staff. Alternatively
titled “Faculty for Justice in Palestine” or “Faculty
and Staff for Justice in Palestine,” the members make a minimal
commitment to the founding principles of USACBI. USACBI has called
on faculty, graduate students, and staff at other universities within
and beyond the US to follow the lead of these solidarity formations
to provide a structure for local organizing.
European call to defend the right to education
in Palestine: EU must act now
and BRICUP have written to the European Union’s High Representative
for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and to the European Commissioner
for Research, Science and Innovation to alert them to the dramatic situation
of Palestinian students confronted by the new Israeli aggression which
targets in particular Palestine’s youth and its education system.
The letter urges the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement.
If you are an active or retired academic (whether in Europe or not)
you can signify your support for this appeal by filling the signature
form here. Your signature will appear with those
of other supporters, and will be sent in due course to the European
Palestinian Universities under Occupation
– delegation report published
In April 2015 three BRICUP members were part of a pan-European delegation
that visited six Palestinian Universities to learn at first hand how
the occupation undermines research, teaching and learning. There would
have been four BRICUP delegates but one of us was refused entry at Tel
We were treated with great courtesy at all the universities where,
in each case, we met the President of the University or their deputy
as well as a great number of staff. students and trade union reps. They
unanimously expressed great appreciation of the global movement for
the academic boycott of Israel. Our meeting deepened our understanding
of the indignities and disruption Israeli occupation imposes on Palestinian
academics and the lack of concern expressed by Israeli academics for
those who they should regard as their peers even when professors at
Palestinian universities are arrested and detained without charge or
While we all knew that the occupation disrupted Palestinian universities
our visit taught us how the multitude of, what may be individually small,
disruptions combine and interact to create total inability to conduct
normal academic business. It is the combination of travel delays; the
refusal of the Israeli authorities to allow the import of standard text-books;
the delays or impossibility or acquiring mundane and innocuous materials
necessary for teaching and research; the time spent freeing students
from arbitrary arrest (or even finding out if they have been arrested
and if so where they are held); the impossibility of employing overseas
scholars to teach specialist modules; and so on and on and on.
Defend Academic Freedom at Southampton
UK High Court upholds conference ban and undermines academic
A high court judge decided that political pressure backed up
The conference organisers are determined that the conference
Haim Bresheeth has prepared an update on developments at Southampton
Academics’ statement in support of the University of
Zionists threaten to boycott The Lancet
for article on Gaza
On 24 August 2014 The Lancet published an
open letter for the people in Gaza signed by Paola Manduca and 23
other doctors. This provoked a belligerent campaign by Israel’s defenders
attacking not only the letter and its authors but also the journal itself
and its editor. The open letter attracted over 20,000 additional signatories
before The Lancet closed the list. The journal felt it necessary to
publish the following unprecedented statement on its website ‘Following
the response to “An open letter for the people in Gaza”, The
Lancet has decided not to publish the names of signatories. We are concerned
about several threatening statements to those signatories, which have
recently been posted on social media.’
Pepys and others issued an attack on Robert Horton, the distinguished
editor of the Lancet which included, inter alia, such terms as: grossly
irresponsible; vicious and deliberately inflammatory falsehoods; grave
breach of editorial ethics; betrays the scientific process; malignant
wilful disregard of honest and ethical. These outraged correspondents,
opponents to a woman and man, of BDS as an abuse of academic exchange
announced without a hint of irony that they would boycott the Lancet.
In April 2015 Richard Smith, a former editor of the BMJ and a co-founder
of the Committee on Publication Ethics, published a
determined defence of Richard Horton in the Independent:
Richard Horton has taken The Lancet back to its radical roots, speaking
truth to power, holding the powerful to account and giving a voice
to those who are not heard, like the children of Gaza. Most editors
follow their readers, but the way Richard has led on global health
The 500 complaining academics remind me of the White Russians, continuing
to fight a battle that has been lost. The Committee on Publication
Ethics has ruled there are no grounds for retracting the open letter,
as has The Lancet’s ombudsman. Reed Elsevier, the journal’s
owner, has sensibly stayed silent to avoid compromising the editorial
independence of The Lancet, its most valuable possession.
Have all the academics actually read the highly intemperate, sometimes
inaccurate letter they have signed? Academics should not be in the
business of stifling free speech and putting their name to such bad
Most recently John Yudkin and Jennifer Leaning have published a
BMJ editorial denouncing the Pepys attack; BRICUP chair Jonathan
Rosenhead and BRICUP member and open leter signatory Derek
Summerfield have responded to the editorial.
Add your name to the Hands
off the Lancet response
Actors, writers and directors denounce
demonisation of Palestinian Jenin Fredom Theatre
Leading theatre figures including Mark Rylance, Caryl Churchill, Maxine
Peake and David Edgar have responded vigorously to a Daily Mail attack
on the widely-applauded Jenin Thetreas terrorists. They say:
‘Neither the Daily Mail nor the Board of Deputies has seen Freedom
Theatre’s play The Siege, yet both somehow feel qualified to suggest
that it is “promoting terrorism”. Not for the first time,
Palestinian voices are in danger of being drowned out by a vociferous
pro-Israel lobby that smears all Palestinians as terrorists and antisemites.
This lobby wants us to believe that theatre-goers in the UK cannot be
trusted to hear these voices and make their own judgements.’
They endorse the words
of British playwright Howard Brenton, an honorary director of the
‘This is real political theatre, performed out of the both terrible
and inspiring experience of a struggle for freedom and justice. [The
Freedom Theatre] are living proof that telling stories and entertaining
audiences are powerful acts of resistance to oppression. Do go and see
them, they have news for us.’
Front-page attack in NY Times says BDS
movement is driven by minorities’ ‘hostility toward Jews’
The main claim is that the BDS movement is led by darkskinned people
who are angry at Jews: “College activists favoring divestment have
cast the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a powerful force’s oppression
of a displaced group, and have formed alliances with black, Latino,
Asian, Native American, feminist and gay rights organizations on campus.
The coalitions — which explicitly link the Palestinian cause to issues
like police brutality, immigration and gay rights — have caught many
longtime Jewish leaders off guard, particularly because they belonged
to such progressive coalitions less than a generation ago”
The article ignores both Israeli crimes against humanity and increasing
Jewish campus support for BDS.
Tel Aviv U supports Israeli army, military
companies with fellowships
Tel Aviv University notes that the honorary fellowships are awarded
to the recipients “for their unprecedented contribution to the
strength and security of Israel and its citizens; the determination
and vision in developing the Iron Dome system in the face of numerous
obstacles and difficulties; many years of activity in service of the
state, in the framework of the Israeli army and defense industries;
the personal example in promoting cooperation in scientific research
for the security of Israel; and enhancing the reputation of Israel for
technological ingenuity, which is a source of pride for Jewish communities
throughout the world.
US Chicana and Chicano Studies Association
The National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference
took place in San Francisco from April 15-18, 2015. The business meeting,
open to all members, took place on Saturday evening at the close of
the conference. At the business meeting, the membership gave unanimous
support to the Resolution to Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic
Institutions. In addition, individual FOCOS (regional caucuses) and
interest group Caucuses all voted to support the resolution.
Over 100 academics protest about invitation
of denier of Palestinian human rights to give keynote to philosphy event
Well over a hundred prominent academics from the Europe and the United
States—including Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Catherine Malabou,
Jacques Rancière, Judith Butler, Angela Davis, Richard Falk,
and Gayatri Spivak–have sent an open letter
to Mériam Korichi, Curator and Stage Director of A Night
of Philosophy. The letter calls attention to the tremendous
irony of having as one of the keynote speakers Monique Canto-Sperber. For
a major event on philosophy, a field that is predicated on free inquiry
and intellectual exploration, to give a forum on free speech to someone
who, as the head of one of the major prestigious schools in France,
was responsible for two of the most egregious acts of censorship of
Palestinians and of critics of Israeli state policies, is beyond being
a stark contradiction—it is appalling.
While the signatories recognize and respect Canto-Sperber’s
right to speak at the event, they find it incumbent upon themselves
to register hteir profound disappointment and to protest in the strongest
terms possible that one of the key people you have selected to promote
free speech at your Night of Philosophy has been an open practitioner
of denying the same to Palestinians and their supporters.
Boycott for Peace; Divest for Justice;
Sanctions for Liberty – BRICUP response to Board of Deputies attack
The Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD) have performed a valuable
service is compiling
the common mis-representations of the BDS campaign, along with a few
original ones, in a
single glossy 50 page document A
Better Way than Boycotts. BRICUP has analysed the document and prepared
a response pointing out the misrepresentations and distrortions of the
document spring from four false premises:
- Firstly, that although the Israeli Government may have made mistakes,
some serious, it has done nothing criminal or beyond the usual failures
of democratic states.
- Secondly, all calls for BDS arise from malevolence at best and
outright antisemitism at worst.
- Thirdly, there is no fundamental imbalance of power between Israelis
and Palestinians and so an open and productive dialogue between equals
can be straightforwardly fostered and will be effective.
- Fourthly, that a two state solutions is desired by the Israeli
government and is still a feasible outcome.
BRICUP’s response: Boycott
for Peace; Divest for Justice; Sanctions for Liberty
Artists for Palestine UK launch pledge
UK based artists have signed a pledge to support Palestinian rights:
We support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and
equality. In response to the call from Palestinian artists and cultural
workers for a cultural boycott of Israel, we pledge to accept neither
professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions
linked to its government until it complies with international law and
universal principles of human rights.
New booklet on The Case for a Cultural Boycott of Israel
Oppose Witch-Hunt of Pro-Palestine Staff
at the University of Sydney
Jake Lynch, who last year defeated the case brought
against him by anti-BDS law firm Shurat HaDin, is again in the crosshairs
of the Israel lobby in Australia. After an incident
at Colonel Richard Kemp’s appearance at Sydney University
on March 11, false accusations of anti-Semitism were made against
Lynch and colleagues present at the talk. While these charges have since
been thoroughly debunked, and dropped by the Zionist press that first
circulated them, the university is still pushing ahead with an investigation
into Lynch and others. It will announce whether it will lay disciplinary charges
against them on Thursday April 9.
Sydney Staff for BDS, is hosting an open letter to Vice-Chancellor Michael
Spence, calling on him to reject these calls to discipline or sack
staff involved in pro-Palestine activism at the University of Sydney.
The Business of Backlash: How wealthy zionists
fund disruption of opposition to Israel on US campuses
IJAN, the International Jewish Anti-zionist Network has just published
a detailed analysis of the individuals and foundations that are financing
anti-Palestinian activity in the US, on campuses and elsewhere. The
120 page report includes five case studies on how disruption of campus
campaigns were financed and organised; how donors pressurised universities;
and the disinformatoin spread to undermine legitimate campaigns.
The report, which synthesizes thousands of pages of tax returns, demonstrates
that a small handful of individuals, including right-wing donors Sheldon
Adelson, the Koch Brothers, Newton and Rochelle Becker, the Sarah Scaife
foundation and the Bradley foundation are responsible for a huge
portion of this funding. These same donors, many of whom earned
their wealth from or are invested in industries that profit from war
and instability in the Middle East, are involved in attacks on other progressive
Protest against attempts to stop Prof Esak
speaking at French Universities
Professor Farid Esak, a leading South African campaigner for Palestinian
rights has approached BRICUP for help in getting people to support his
protest against French attempts to stop him speaking. He wrote:
‘ My statement is self-explanatory. I require your support in getting
the decision at the University of Paris 1 reversed and to put pressure
on other French universities to not succumb to pressure from the pro-Israeli
lobby to cancel my scheduled speaking engagements. This is the first
time in my life that I am personally accused of anti-Semitism and so
I feel really slighted. It is also about also about a bigger thing –
the closing of intellectual spaces for people who believe that a particular
religious or ethnic group, no matter how deep or genuine its historical
wounds, should never be synonymized with an ideological invention.’
Zionists assault protestors at University
of Sydney then claim victimhood
Students at the University of Sydney noisily, but non-violently, disrupted
a talk by Gaza massacre apologist Colonel Richard Kemp. Members of the
audience threw water a the protestors and kicked Professor Jake Lynch
who intervened to try to halt the rough removal of the protestors by
university security staff.
NSW zionist bodies and the Murdoch owned Australian then claimed that
the audience were traumatised by the violence they were subjected to.
Video evidence demonstrates that these claims are fictions and the protestors
were clearly chanting against Israeli crimes and were not, in any sense,
McGill students reject Justin Trudeau’s
attack on Palestine activism and free speech
Students at McGill University in Montreal have ben campaigning for
a divestment motion. This attracted the atention of Justin Trudeau.
leader of Canada’s Liberal Party. He claimed the campaign was anti-semitic.
Students and professiors a the university responded furiously condemning
his attack on thier right to campaign in defence of Palestinian rights
and his contempt for free speech.
students reject Justin Trudeau’s attack on Palestine activism,
free speech – Electronic Intifada
Noam Chomsky joined other widely respected international scholars in
expressng outrage at Professor Fortier’s, principal and vice-chancellor
of McGill, dismissal of the students’ protest at her condemnation of
their BDS call. There was also a letter of protest from over 50 McGill
professors and a letter from over 300 alumni.
Wesleyan University Flouts Hillel Ban on
Further evidence of the fragmentation of US Jewish opposition to BDS.
The Wesleyan University, Conneticut, Jewish Community, in an act of
open defiance against its parent-organization Hillel International,
hosted a “Jewish Voice for Peace Shabbat” on February 27,
according to a
statement issued by Wesleyan’s “Open Hillel” chapter.
The group Jewish Voice for Peace advocates for the global boycott, divestment,
and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, and therefore is barred
from all Hillel-affiliated events or institutions under the Hillel International
“Standards of Partnership.”
fully story – Jewish Daily Forward
Let Northeastern Students Vote on Divestment
On Feb. 20, Northeastern University (Boston, USA) Students for Justice
in Palestine received a memo from the student government cabinet disqualifying
a proposed divestment referendum on the grounds that it would create
a “hostile, threatening, intimidating, humiliating, or otherwise
abusive environment” for students. We know that the opposite is
true — divestment is a time-honored, nonviolent tool to rectify gross
injustice. The full student government will decide on March 16 whether
to allow a divestment vote or not.
SOAS, London, Staff and Students back Academic
At the end of February Staff and Students at the prestigious
of, and reports on, the campaign on Facebook
BRICUP and AURDIP write to EU to point
out Israel’s breaches of their undertakings
Israel gave binding undertakings when the EU allowed Israel as a non-EU
member to join the European Research area and share in EU research funding.
Israel agreed to respect “for human rights and democratic principles
which guide their domestic and international policies and are an
essential element of the Agreement.”
BRICUP and our French partners AURDIP have written
to the EU commisioner for Research,
Innovation and Science pointing out the repeated examples of how
Israel has breached their undertaking and demanding that Israel’s participation
in the ERA is suspended until it complies.
Toledo students back divestment
While Ohio State students are fighting their student
government for their right to vote on divestment students at nearby
University of Toledo overcame all the obstacles put in their path. Local
and national Zionist organisations lobbied hard to stop their vote.
They repeated the common slurs against BDS – that it was anti-Semitic;
that it singled out Israel; and so on – but the student senate
respected a 5400 signature petition and voted 21 to 4 to divest from
companies which profit from Israeli violations of Palestinians’
Imperial College London and University
of Rome III cancel Palestine bookings at the last minute
Imperial College Islamic Society booked accomodation at the College
for the 2015
Palestine Confererence wiht a range of repsected speakers including
Mustafa Barghouti, Ilan Pappé and Ben White. At the last minute
the College management cancelled the booking without providing any reason
and the organisers had to post a
Facebook notice announcing the change the day before the event.
The action by Imperial College follows on a
similar move by the University of Rome III which denied an event’s
organizers use of its prestigious Center for Italian and French Studies
for a debate the use and abuse of identity in Europe and the Middle
East, again due to feature Ilan Pappé. The debate was relocated
to an alernative, less suitable, venue. While the University gave no
substantive reason, a pro-Israel website, Informazione Corretta, claimed
victory, stating that thanks to “friends in Rome,” the venue
had been denied due to protests over its proximity to the city’s
The new venue was packed with a standing room only crowd, as was a
last-minute overflow room, providing the opportunity to listen to an
open debate in which Palestine was one issue in a wider conversation
about power and knowledge.
After 10 years Israeli Apartheid Week spreads
to over 200 cities
In March 2005, the Arab Students’ Collective, a campus organisation
at the University of Toronto, held a series of local events to support
Palestinians and protest Israeli policies. Hoping to broaden debate
at the end of the second Intifada and on the eve of Israel’s redeployment
of ground forces and settlers from the Gaza Strip, originally called
“the separation plan,” they called their proceedings Israeli
A decade on, their creation has become an annual and globally-recognised
event. This year, it will feature cultural and educational events, as
well as public protests in more than 200 cities on six continents.
“In the wake of Israel’s massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, this
year’s IAW takes on even greater significance,” said Michael Deas,
a London-based member of the IAW international coordination committee.
Support Ohio State students right to vote
Ohio State Undergraduate Student Government Judicial Panel has invalidated
for inclusion on the ballot through a technicality that has been unevenly
applied to others on the ballot and has no bearing on the integrity
of the signatures we collected or the integrity of the upcoming USG
The disqualification of our initiative from tomorrow’s ballot is an
attack on the more than 3,000 student voices that asked for this initiative
to receive a fair hearing from our student body. That the Judicial Panel
of USG delayed until the absolute, last possible moment to tell us about
a perceived irregularity in our petitions, so that we had no time at
all to defend ourselves or appeal the decision suggests this is not
about technical violations of USG bylaws, but instead about a concerted
effort to stop OSU students from voting on divestment.
petition organised by OSUDivest
In a further move against supporters of Palestinian Rights the USG
JP have informed the three Palestinian candidates for USG positions
that they would also be removed for the ballot. The reason given by
the JP was that they had not included their signatures on their nominating
petitions, although they had already received approval to be on the
ballot. Given the context of the decision, it clearly appears to be
both retaliatory and discriminatory.
Paris 8 university shuts down ‘Israeli
Apartheid is Real’ event featuring Max Blumenthal
AURDIP COMMUNIQUÉ – We have just learned that, once again,
the presidency of the University Paris 8/Saint-Denis decided, at the
last moment, to ban a conference, this one entitled Israel apartheid
is real [featuring Max Blumenthal and Bilal Afandi]. The conference
intended to shed light on Israel’s apartheid policy toward the
Palestinian people, a policy that AURDIP itself has constantly condemned.
As a collective of academics, we are outraged by this attack on academic
freedom, the freedom of expression, and the freedom of open debate.
As defenders of human rights and the respect of international law, we
wish to express our deep dismay at the complicit silence that the administration
of the University Paris 8 aims to force upon its students and faculty.
We demand that the president of this university reverse a decision that
can only exacerbate tensions while pretending to calm them.
Oppose École Polytechnique’s links with
AURDIP has launched a petition opposing École Polytechnique’s
links with Technion. École Polytechnique is one of France’s leading
research universities while Technion, Israel’s leading technical research
university which is heavily involved in developing drones and other
weapons and surveillance systems used in the attack on Gaza and supporting
The new double agreement involves the exchange of faculty and students
and takes the first steps towards a joint masters level programme.
These agreements involve French academics in strengthening Technion’s
weapons programmes and make the benefits of French research available
to Technion for their own programmes.
How Israeli universities are supporting
war crimes in Gaza
Israeli universities are proclaiming how they have supported the attack
Tel Aviv University dean Yoav Ariel told his students “The university
is proud of all its students and thanks those who did reserve service,
I wish us all a swift return to our blessed routine.” The university
had already announced last month that it would be providing one year
of tuition stipends to soldiers.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem sent out a letter declaring “The
university is joining the war effort to support its warrior students,
in order to minimize the financial burden” on those who were called
up to join the attack on Gaza. The university called on “friends
and alumni” to donate to a special scholarship fund and links
to a donation page that allows gifts to be earmarked for the “Protective
On 11 August, Haifa Rector David Faraji wrote to soldiers informing
them that “… blesses your return and expresses great appreciation
for your activity and contribution within the framework of your service
in Operation Protective Edge.” His letter provides “details
of the adjustments and benefits that have been decided upon, jointly
with the student union.”
students”: How Israeli universities are supporting war crimes
in Gaza – Electronic Intifada gives a fuler account of the actions
of these and other Universities
Account of Ordeal With the Israel Lobby
and University of California
Professor William Robinson of UC Santa Barbara was the target of a
campaign of intimidation, silencing, and political repression that included
techniques described in the “Hasbara
handbook” by the Israel lobby for his support of BDS; in contravention
of academic freedom and university rules.
“I may well have been run from the university if it were not for
graduate and undergraduate students (together with a handful of committed
colleagues), who early on in the persecution set up the Committee to
Defend Academic Freedom that launched a worldwide campaign in my defense.
This in turn sparked a good portion of the faculty into action, several
months into the campaign of persecution against me, to defend my academic
Middle East Caucus of the Society for
Cinema and Media Studies calls for Academic boycott
BRICUP is one of the organisations endorsing the cinema
and media call for academic boycott. The statement has already attracted
almost 150 signatures. This call follows on from calls by philosphers,
Middle East studies and African studies
academics, Spanish academics and the Critical
Ethnic Studies and African Literature Associations since Israel
launched its latest assault on Gaza.
This call further demonstrates the growing anger of academics worldwide
at Israel’s criminal activity, inflamed by events in Gaza but flowing
from anger at the long history of occupation and blockade. The global
academic community is stating clearly that it will not stand idly by
but will actively support their Palestinian colleagues.
Imagine you are a Palestinian academic
or a student
One of the reasons for the Academic Boycott is the way in which Israeli
actions make normal university life impossible in Gaza and the West
Bank and East Jerusalem. This account from Nazmi Al-Masri, a Professor
of English at the Islamic University of Gaza, describes in detail how
research and studying (and everyday life) are disrupted.
you are a Palestinian academic or a student – Mondoweiss
Philosophers and political theorists call
for academic boycott of Israel
Over 100 philosophers and political theorists have issued a
public call for the academic boycott. They say
“As academics, we specifically support an academic boycott, by
which we mean a principled refusal to associate with Israeli academic
institutions that have not explicitly condemned the occupation. The
urgency of this measure is underlined by the fact that, so far, not
a single Israeli academic institution has issued such a condemnation,
and many have even made their support for the state’s recent actions
clear – witness the University of Tel Aviv’s recent offer to waive
a year’s fees for students who served in the attack on Gaza, whilst
threatening to discipline students for criticising Israeli forces on
1,200 Spanish University professors and
researchers demand break academic relationships with Israel
As members of the [Spanish] university
community, we answer the call of Palestinian society and Palestinian
universities for people and NGOs around the world to join the Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. This is the
most peaceful and effective way of making Israel comply with international
law. The BDS campaign against Israel started in 2005 in response to
Israel’s constant human rights violations and the lack of determination
of other countries and international organisations to take effective
action. The campaign is inspired by the successful experience of the
international boycott of South Africa, which brought down apartheid.
It has received the support of outstanding activists like the Nobel
Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, progressive Jewish organisations such
as the Jewish Voice for Peace and a growing number of Israeli academics.
This shows how BDS is an effective way for us to put international pressure,
through non-violent action, on Israel to respect Palestinian Rights.
Over 400 African Scholars call for boycott
(now over 600)
African Scholars have added their voices to the call for Academic Boycott
“We, the undersigned African scholars and scholars of Africa,
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. Member
states of NATO which mounted an air war on Libya ostensibly to
protect civilians in Benghazi have been by and large quiet about the
fate of civilians in Gaza. World governments and mainstream media do
not hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law.
We, however, as a community of scholars have a moral responsibility
to do so. ..”
US University withdraws job from Steven
Salaita for Gaza comments
Dr. Steven Salaita, a Palestinian American and world-renowned scholar,
was fired from his new position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
(UIUC) because of his public criticism of the U.S.-sponsored Israeli
massacres in Gaza. He was also a prominent campaigner for the American
Studies Association’s decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions
BRICUP and AURDIP to the Chancellor of UIUC
an email to UIUC
petition demanding reinstatement
Sign a call
to people of conscience not to speak at the University of Illinois
heavyweights slam Univ. of Illinois firing of Steven Salaita for Palestine
views – Electronic Intifada
(poor) defence of the UIUC decision
of the blacklist? Cowardice and censorship at the University of Illinois
Staff of Hague International Institute
of Social Studies call on Dutch Government to implement BDS
96 professors and staf fof of the IISS in the Hague have endorsed BDS
The example of the anti-apartheid struggles in South Africa shows
that offending governments do not easily change their ways unless
put under intense diplomatic pressure. It took decades of struggle
to achieve the abolition of apartheid. What helped in this struggle
was the work of countless numbers of individuals, organizations and
institutions across the world, and in the Netherlands, that acted
in solidarity with the oppressed. Equally important were the actions
of world governments, including the Dutch Government, that took a
stand against the oppressors. We therefore ask the Dutch Government
to officially implement boycott, divestment and sanctions against
the State of Israel.
Over 100 Middle East Studies Scholars and
Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions (now
Following in the footsteps of the growing number of U.S. academic associations
that have endorsed boycott resolutions, we call on our colleagues in
Middle East Studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions, and we
pledge not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli academic
institutions, not to teach at or to attend conferences and other events
at such institutions, and not to publish in academic journals based
in Israel. We call for doing so until such time as these institutions
end their complicity in violating Palestinian rights as stipulated in
international law, and respect the full rights of Palestinians by calling
on Israel to:
- End its siege of Gaza, its occupation and colonization of all Arab
lands occupied in June 1967, and dismantle the settlements and the
- Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens
of Israel and the stateless Negev Bedouins to full equality; and
- Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees
to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution
Palestine Trade Unions issue renewed call
to boycott Israel
The Palestinian Boycott
National Committee has issued a call for international support for
9 August Day of Rage on Gaza: ‘Take
to the streets on Saturday 9 August with a united demand for sanctions
on Israel‘. As part of the call Palestinian trade unions are:
“calling on our brothers and sisters in the trade union movement
internationally to stop handling goods imported from or exported to
Israel. The trade union movement has a proud history of direct action
against Apartheid in South Africa, the Congress of South African Trade
Unions has joined us in the call for direct action to end Israel’s
Tricycle Theatre boycotts Israeli Embassy
funded film festival
The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, London has reponded to protests at
the theatre last year against their hosting of the 2013 Israeli Film
Festival. Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle said
in relation to their decisoin to withdraw form the 2014 festival, “The
festival receives funding from the Israeli embassy and given the current
conflict in Israel and Gaza, we feel it is inappropriate to accept financial
support from any government agency involved.”
The Tricycle Theatre is a leading London fringe theatre with a distinguished
record of mounting radical plays.
National Union of Students vote to support
The British NUS has long opposed BDS but in a dramatic reversal of
policy it has agreed that it would support local student unions who
“impose sanctions on Israel” and it would “support campaigns
to boycott Israeli products on their university campuses.”
An NUS spokesperson said: “The motion passed by our national executive
council commits us to ensuring that, as far as is practical, NUS does
not employ or work with companies identified as facilitating Israel’s
military capacity, human rights abuses or illegal settlement activity,
and to actively work to cut ties with those that do.”
of decision in Jewish Chronicle
Largest UK trade union calls for BDS
Unite, the largest UK trade union passed
a resolution which commits it to develop a “campaigning and
leverage strategy around BDS within the next 12 months” at its
annual policy conference.