Call upon Israeli academics
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.
Executive Committee, European Jews for a Just Peace
June 10th, 2005
We are distributing this statement to European academic and teaching unions. We urge those who wish to support the end of occupation by their Israeli colleagues as stated in our statement to either:
1. Sign the statement as it stands
2. Use the statement as a basis for a resolution from your own trade union. For example, you could ass a line calling on Israeli academics opposed to the occupation to refuse to do reserve duty beyond the 1967 cease fire lines - i.e., in the Occupied Territories.
In either case, please send the statement with your signature, or the resolution from your union for forwarding to Israeli unions, Knesset members and peace campaigners in Israel and Palestine.
We will publish the first batch of signatures in four weeks. The next batch will be sent four weeks after the start of the 2005-2006 academic year, this autumn.
Signatures can be sent to the EJJP mailing list address:
or to a contact person of the EJJP local group.
Non-European teachers and academics who are in favour of this call are also welcome to
express their support by signing this call, or using as the basis for a resolution of their own organisation or union.
European Jews for a just Peace
P.O. Box 59506
1040 LA Amsterdam
+31 20 67955850
Signatories to the Call upon Israeli Academics
1. Michele Luzzati, professor of Medieval History in Pisa's University, Italy
2. Giorgio Forti, professor of Plant Biochemistry in the Faculty of Sciences of the UniversitÓ degli Studi of Milan, Italy
3. Jacob Katriel, Professor Emeritus, Technion, Haifa, Israel
4. Paolo Amati, professor of Molecular Genetics in the Rome's University "La Sapienza", Italy
5. Daniele Amati, professor of Theoretical Physics in SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies), Trieste, Italy
6. Mona Baker, Bir Zeit University, Israel
7. Jonathan Rosenhead, Professor of Operational Research, London School of Economics. Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE Tel: (+44)-20-79557637 fax: (+44)-20-7955 6885
8. Mateo Alaluf, Professeur Ó l'UniversitÚ Libre de Bruxelles, Institut de sociologie ULB, 44 Av. Jeanne, 1050 Bruxelles, tel: 32 2 650 34 31, fax: 32 2 650 33 35
9. Moissis Litsis, journalist, Tel Aviv University Graduate, Athens/Greece
10. Ester Fano, Associate Professor of Economic History, Faculty of Statistic Science, University Roma I "La Sapienza" (Professore associato di Storia Economica FacoltÓ di Scienze Statistiche UniversitÓ di Roma I - "La Sapienza" - Roma)
11. Tony Greenstein, Secretary Brighton Unemployed Centre/UNISON, UK
12. Rudolf Bkouche, professor emeritus, Lille University, France
13. Dr. Manfred Behrend, Berlin, Germany
14. Dr. Hanna Behrend, Berlin, Germany
15. Dr. Anat Matar, Dept. of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, Israel
16. Prof. Batja Guggenheim-Ami, St.Gallen, Switzerland
17. Chanan Guggenheim, St.Gallen, Switzerland
18. Andreas Kloninger, Weinstadt-Schnait, Germany
19. Marianne Degginger, Gallen, Switzerland
20. Esther Thomsen, Ahrensburg, Germany
21. Prof. Dr. Fanny-Michaela Reisin, FB VI Informatik - Software Engineering, Technische Fachhochschule, Berlin, Germany
22. Nabil Bushnaq (Vorsitzender) IBN RUSHD Fund for Freedom of Thought, Schoenwalde, Germany
23. Nicola Abu-Khalil, economist and retired teacher
24. Dr. med. Conny Holst, psychotherapist
25. Wolf Zeev Ehrenberg, dipl. El. Ing. ETHZ (Switzerland)
26. Prof. Dr. Norman Paech, em. Prof. f?r Verfassungs- und V÷lkerrecht an der Universitńt Hamburg, Hamburger Universitńt f?r Wirtschaft und Politik, Germany
27. Marie-Dominique Vernhes, Hamburg
28. Dr. Manfred Lotze, Hamburg
29. Mila Mossafer,
30. Tahereh Lindhorst
31. Karim Dinarvand
32. Khadijeh Mosafer
33. Mehrangiz Daboui
34. Dr. Edward Badeen, teaching at the universities of Basel and Zurich, Switzerland
35. Domenico Jervolino, prof de philosophie, universitÚ de Naples, Italy
36. Ruth Fruchtman, Berlin
37. Micah Leshem PhD, Psychology Department, University of Haifa, Israel
38. Dr. Michael Dahan, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
39. Prof. Michael Saltman, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Haifa, Israel
40. Dr. Irit Katriel, University of Aarhus, Denmark (Israeli citizen).
41. Dr. Yehiam Soreq, Beit-Berl college, Israel
42. J?dische Stimme f?r Gerechten Frieden in Nahost (?sterreich), Austria
43. Frauen in Schwarz (Wien), Austria
44. Jon Anson, Israel
45. Ruben Seroussi Faculty Member, Composition School of Music, Tel Aviv University, Israel
46. Professor Motty Perry, Department of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
47. Uri Katz, Israel
48. Dr Berry Groisman, University of Bristol, UK
49. Yehudith Harel, Israel
50. Prof Claude R Joiris, Laboratory for Ecotoxicology and Polar Ecology, Free University of Brussels (VUB), belgium
51. Prof. Hanan Frenk, Dept. of Psychology, Tel Aviv University and Head of the School of Behavioral Sciences, The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
52. Professor Uri Hadar, Department of Psychology, Tel A viv University, Israel
53. Tsafrir Cohen, of the Jewish Film Festival Berlin, publicist & journalist for the Hebrew and German media, Berlin, Germany
54. Mag.pharm. Fritz Reichel, Wien, Austria
55. Marcel-Francis Kahn, France
56. Roswita von Hauff, M?nchen, Germany
57. Prof. Dr. Georges Awad, Berlin, Germany
58. Prof. Dr. em. Jacob Katriel, Technion Haifa, Israel
59. Johannes Kossen Dr.med., Hamburg, Germany
60. Dipl.-Theol. Winfried Belz, Seelsorger am Universitńtsklinikum Heidelberg, Germany
61. GÚraldine Brausch - Assistante - Service de Philosophie morale et politique, UniversitÚ de LiŔge, Belgium
July 5, 2005