Call upon Israeli Academics


Article/book #: 20531
Title: Call upon Israeli Academics
By: European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP)  
Date of issue: Friday, 10 June 2005
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Commentary

Abstract:

European Jews for a Just Peace, being a part of the international solidarity movement supporting the human and political rights of Israelis and Palestinians alike, calls upon Israeli academics to boycott the continuing presence of the Israeli army on Palestinian territory.

We know that many members of the Israeli academic community and indeed many other sections of Israeli society understand that such a presence is the core of the problem.

Under these circumstances, it is no longer sufficient to oppose the occupation quietly. Now, it is necessary to campaign against it as loudly as possible.

Drawing on past experiences of peace and human rights movements in Europe, we think that it is first necessary to expose, and then to break, all academic ties with the occupation - with its apparatus and support efforts, including military research - and with settlements and settlers.

We ask Israeli teachers' and lecturers' unions to pass resolutions that make their opposition to the occupation clear and commit them to campaigning against it in their professional areas.

Academic freedom is indivisible. Yet for Palestinians the right of access to education at any level, let alone to freedom of speech at the highest level, is denied by Israeli authorities.

The barriers erected by the successive Israeli governments preventing access to education for Palestinians must be condemned and lifted.

Israeli academics and teachers are among those best placed to pressure their government in order this to happen as soon as possible; Academic freedom - as well as general and specialized education - represents an inalienable human right that must be explicitly acknowledged, vigorously defended and determinedly promoted by the Israeli academic community for and with the Palestinian academic community.










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