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Anti-Israel Petitions Supported by Israeli Academics
[Hebrew University, Math] Emmanuel Farjoun joins "The U.S. Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel"

Emmanuel Farjoun, Einstein Institute of Mathematics, The Hebrew University. E-mail: farjoun@math.huji.ac.il

17. Emmanuel Farjoun, Hebrew University

110. Yael Korin, University of California, Los Angeles



The U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Mission Statement:

Responding to the call of Palestinian civil society to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel, we are a U.S. campaign focused specifically on a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions, as delineated by PACBI (Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel):

“In light of Israel’s persistent violations of international law, and Given that, since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel’s colonial and discriminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate, adequate and effective remedies, and Given that all forms of international intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with humanitarian law, to respect fundamental human rights and to end its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine, and In view of the fact that people of conscience in the international community have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions;

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression, We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace.

These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.”

[For more information: http://www.pacbi.org/campaign_statement.htm]

PACBI and the entire movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (representing the overwhelming majority among Palestinian civil society parties, unions, networks and organizations) emphasize fundamental Palestinian rights, sanctioned by international law and universal human rights principles that ought to be respected by Israel to end the boycott. We struggle to achieve an end to Israel’s three-tiered injustice and oppression: 1) occupation and colonization in the 1967-occupied Palestinian territory; 2) denial of the refugees’ rights, paramount among which is their right to return to their homes of origin, as per UN General Assembly Resolution 194; and 3) the system of racial discrimination, or apartheid, to which Palestinian (all non-Jewish) citizens of Israel are subjected to.

The principles guiding the PACBI campaign and the three goals outlined above are also points of unity for the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USCACBI). We believe it is time to take a public, principled stance in support of equality, self-determination, human rights (including the right to education), and true democracy, especially in light of the censorship and silencing of the Palestine question in U.S. universities, as well as U.S. society at large. There can be no academic freedom in Israel/Palestine unless all academics are free and all students are free to pursue their academic desires.

If you are committed to these principles of unity, and wish to work on a campaign of boycotting academic and cultural institutions guided by this approach, please join our campaign. [See information below.]

Urgent Appeal:

We are also responding to the Open Letter to International Academic Institutions from the Right to Education campaign at Birzeit University in Palestine (January 17, 2009), calling on the international academic community, unions and students “to show support and solidarity with the people of Gaza by calling upon their respective governments to impose immediate boycott, divestment and sanctions against the state of Israel.”

Gaza is but the latest incident in a series of ongoing massacres–from Deir Yassin (1948 ) to Kafr Kassim (1956) to Jenin (2002) to the wars on Lebanon (from 1980s to 2006)—which demonstrate a pattern of violence by a state which will not end its violations of international law without international pressure. As academics working in the U.S., we wish to focus on campaigns in our universities and in institutions of higher education to advocate for compliance with the academic and cultural boycott, a movement that is growing internationally across all segments of global civil society.

This call for an academic and cultural boycott parallels the call in the non-academic world for divestment, boycott and sanctions by trade unions, churches, and other civil society organizations in countries such as the United States, Canada, Italy, Ireland, Norway, the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, and New Zealand.


As educators and scholars of conscience in the United States, we fully support this call. We urge our colleagues, nationally, regionally, and internationally, to stand up against Israel’s ongoing scholasticide and to support the non-violent call for academic boycott, disinvestment, and sanctions.

If you wish to endorse this call for an academic and cultural boycott, please email us at: uscom4acbi [at] gmail.com. If you are willing to indicate your support publicly, please send us your name and institutional/organizational affiliation (for identification purposes only).

For more information on actions suggested by the boycott campaign, please join one of the discussion groups linked on the top right-hand corner of this website.

Actions you can take:

Since Israeli academic institutions (mostly state-controlled) and the vast majority of Israeli intellectuals and academics have either contributed directly to maintaining, defending or otherwise justifying the above forms of oppression, or have been complicit in them through their silence, we call upon our colleagues to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions as a contribution to the struggle to end Israel’s occupation, colonization and system of apartheid, by engaging in the following actions. We aim at the full implementation of all these steps. However, recognizing that different actions may be feasible and appropriate under the many different academic and political circumstances that pertain in US institutions, we urge our colleagues to undertake as many of the following initiatives as possible:

1. Support Palestinian academic and cultural institutions directly without requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as an explicit or implicit condition for such support;

2. Encourage your university and college administrations to institute funding for scholarship sand fellowships for Palestinian students;

3. Request your administration/president to issue a public statement censuring Israeli destruction of and interference with Palestinian schools and universities, archives and research centers, both in Gaza and throughout occupied Palestine.

4. Work toward the condemnation of Israeli policies by pressing for resolutions to be adopted by academic, professional and cultural associations and organizations;

5. Organize teach-ins or similar events with campus and community organizations at which the campaign for the economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel can be fully and openly discussed;

6. Refrain from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Israeli institutions;

7. Advocate a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions at the national and international levels, including suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to these institutions;

8. Promote divestment and disinvestment from Israel by academic institutions, and place pressure on your own institution to suspend all ties with Israeli universities, including collaborative projects, study abroad, funding and exchanges.


Endorsements from Colleagues at American Institutions:

1. Elmaz Abinader, Mills College
2. Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University
3. Mohammed Abed, California State University, Los Angeles
4. Feras Abou-Galala, University of California, Riverside
5. Wahiba Abu-Ras, Adelphi University
6. Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Montclair State University
7. Roberta Ahlquist, San Jose State University
8. Norma Alarcon, University of California, Berkeley
9. Charlotte Albrecht, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
10. Lisa Albrecht, University of Minnesota
11. Anthony Alessandrini, City University of New York, Kingsborough
12. Hamid Algar, University of California, Berkeley
13. Naser Alsharif, Creighton University
14. Evelyn Alsultany, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
15. Floyd Anderson, State University of New York, Brockport
16. Ian Barnard, California State University, Northridge
17. Ryvka Bar Zohar, New York University
18. Anis Bawarshi, University of Washington
19. Lincoln Bergman, University of California, Berkeley
20. Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue University
21. Bruce Braun, University of Minnesota
22. Gray Brechin, University of California, Berkeley
23. Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota
24. Steve Breyman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
25. Robert Brooks, Cornell University
26. Anna Brown, Saint Peter’s College
27. Bill Buttrey, University of Southern California
28. George Caffentzis, University of Southern Maine
29. Steve Cameron, North Iowa Area Community College
30. Scott Campbell, New York University
31. Courtney Carter, Hood College
32. Rand Carter, Hamilton College
33. Margaret Cerullo, Hampshire College
34. Piya Chatterjee, University of California, Riverside
35. Dennis Childs, University of California, San Diego
36. Patricia Cull, Mission Campus, City College, San Francisco
37. Bouthaina Shbib Dabaja, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
38. Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University
39. Lawrence Davidson, West Chester University
40. Ashley Dawson, The City University of New York
41. Nicholas De Genova, Columbia University
42. Lara Deeb, University of California Irvine
43. Alireza Doostdar, Harvard University
44. Ann Douglas, Columbia University
45. Eleanor Doumato, Brown University
46. Ronald Edwards, DePaul University
47. Amy Elder, University of Cincinnati
48. Charles Elerick, The University of Texas at El Paso
49. Nada Elia, Antioch University, Seattle
50. Nava EtShalom, poet, University of Michigan
51. James Faris, University of Connecticut
52. Grant Farred, Cornell University
53. Sasan Fayazmanesh, California State University, Fresno
54. Kevin Fellezs, University of California, Merced
55. Nina Felshin, Wesleyan University
56. Lucy Ferriss, Trinity College
57. James Fetzer, University of Minnesota, Duluth
58. Raya Fidel, University of Washington
59. Manzar Foorohar, California Polytechnic State University
60. Paul Foote, California State University, Fullerton
61. Robert Frager, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
62. Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawai’i
63. Abigail A. Fuller, Manchester College
64. Keya Ganguly, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
65. Irene Gendzier, Boston University
66. Jess Ghannam, University of California, San Francisco
67. Bishnupriya Ghosh, University of California, Santa Barbara
68. Him Glover, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
69. Sherna Berger Gluck, California State University Long Beach
70. Avery Gordon, University of California, Santa Barbara
71. Arthur Grant, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
72. Grewal Inderpal, University of California, Berkeley
73. Marilyn Hacker, City University of New York
74. Christian Haesemeyer, University of California, Los Angeles
75. Elaine Hagopian, Simmons College
76. Sondra Hale, University of California, Los Angeles
77. Dorcas Haller, Community College of Rhode Island
78. Leila Hamdan, George Mason University
79. John Hartung, State University of New York, Brooklyn
80. Mahamood Hassan, California State University, Fullerton
81. Salah D. Hassan, Michigan State University
82. Frances Hasso, Oberlin College
83. Nicholas Heer, University of Washington, Seattle
84. Lyn Hejinian, University of California, Berkeley
85. Edward S. Herman, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
86. Annie Higgins, Wayne State University
87. Chris Highley, Ohio State University
88. Jim Holstun, State University of New York, Buffalo
89. Sally Howell, University of Michigan, Dearborn
90. Azfar Hussein, Oklahoma State University
91. Mahmood Ibrahim, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
92. Ibrahim Imam, University of Louisville
93. Pranav Jani, Ohio State University
94. Amira Jarmakani, Georgia State University
95. Kenneth Johnson, Pennsylvania State University, Abington
96. Brian Johnston, Carnegie Mellon University
97. Pierre Joris, State University of New York, Albany
98. Donna Joss, Worcester State College
99. Mohja Kahf, University of Arkansas
100. Rhoda Kanaaneh, New York University
101. Tomis Kapitan, Northern Illinois University
102. Susan Katz, University of San Francisco
103. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University
104. Robin D.G. Kelley, University of Southern California
105. Assaf Kfoury, Boston University
106. Issam Khalidi, Independent Scholar
107. Andrea Khalil, Queens College, City University of New York
108. Kathleen Kinawy, University of Southern Maine
109. David Klein, California State University, Northridge
110. Yael Korin, University of California, Los Angeles
111. Dennis Kortheuer, California State University, Long Beach
112. Eiko Kosasa, Leeward Community College, Pearl City, Hawai’i
113. Felix Salvador Kury, San Francisco State University
114. Mark Lance, Georgetown University
115. Werner Lange, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
116. Amanda Lashaw, University of California, Davis
117. David Lloyd, University of Southern California
118. Georgette Loup, University of New Orleans
119. Alex Lubin, University of New Mexico
120. Barry Lumsden, Texas A&M University, Commerce
121. Paul Lyons, University of Hawai’i
122. Graham MacPhee, West Chester University
123. Shireen Mahdavi, University of Utah
124. Sunaina Maira, University of California, Davis
125. Harriet Malinowitz, Long Island University
126. Ahmad Malkawi, University of Kentucky
127. Khaled Mattawa, University of Michigan
128. Todd May, Clemson University
129. Ali Mazrui, State University of New York, Binghamton
130. Bryan McCann, University of Texas, Austin
131. Daniel McGowan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
132. Jad Melki, University of Maryland
133. Martin Melkonian, Hofstra University
134. Mark Mendoza, Miami University, Ohio
135. Targol Mesbah, California Institute of Integral Studies
136. Ali Mili, New Jersey Institute of Technology
137. Yong Soon Min, University of California, Irvine
138. Kelvin Monroe, Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul, MN
139. Jessica Morris, University of Louisville
140. Fouad Moughrabi, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
141. Aamir Mufti, University of California, Los Angeles
142. Bill Mullen, Purdue University
143. Carlos Munoz, Jr., University of California, Berkeley
144. Donna Murdock, University of the South
145. Mara Naaman, Williams College
146. David O’Connell, Georgia State University
147. Judy Olson, California State University, Los Angeles, CFA-LA
148. Sirena Pellarolo, California State University, Northridge
149. David Naguib Pellow, University of Minnesota
150. Marina Perez de Mendiola, Scripps College
151. James Petras, Binghamton University
152. Kavita Philip, University of California, Irvine
153. Julio Pino, Kent State University
154. Edie Pistolesi, California State University, Northridge
155. Deborah Poole, The Johns Hopkins University
156. Vijay Prashad, Trinity College
157. Gautam Premnath, University of California, Berkeley
158. Jessica Quindel, Berkeley High School
159. Peter Rachleff, Macalester College
160. Leigh Raiford, University of California, Berkeley
161. Aneil Rallin, Soka University of America
162. Junaid Rana, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
163. Adolph Reed, University of Pennsylvania
164. Steve Roddy, University of San Francisco
165. Ilia Rodriguez, University of New Mexico
166. Jerry Rosen, California State University, Northridge
167. Sonia Rosen, University of Pennsylvania
168. Suzanne Ross, United Federation of Teachers, Clinical Psychology
169. Marty Roth, University of Minnesota
170. Lori Rudolph, New Mexico Highlands University
171. Melanie Ruefli, Georgia Perimeter College
172. Adam Sabra, University of Georgia
173. Prantik Saha, Columbia University Medical Center
174. Steven Salaita, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
175. Vida Samiian, California State University, Fresno
176. Rakhshanda Saleem, Harvard Medical School
177. Basel Saleh, Radford University
178. George Salem, University of Southern California
179. Rosaura Sanchez, University of California, San Diego
180. Eleuterio Santiago-Diaz, University of New Mexico
181. Bhaskar Sarkar, University of California, Santa Barbara
182. Aseel Sawalha, Pace University
183. Simona Sawhney, University of Minnesota
184. Seleem Sayyar, Emory University
185. Fayyad Sbaihat, University of Pittsburgh
186. Robert Schaible, University of Southern Maine
187. Malini Johar Schueller, University of Florida
188. James Scully, University of Connecticut
189. Dylan Schwilk, Texas Tech University
190. Evalyn Segal, San Diego State University
191. May Seikaly, Wayne State University
192. Bharath A. Sethuraman, California State University, Northridge
193. Anton Shammas, University of Michigan
194. Matthew Shenoda, Goddard College
195. Scott Shepard, Richland College
196. Setsu Shigematsu, University of California, Riverside
197. Magid Shihade, University of California Davis
198. Snehal Shingavi, University of Mary Washington
199. Ella Shohat, New York University
200. Yumna Siddiqi, Middlebury College
201. Andor Skotnes, Sage College
202. Scott Sorrell, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
203. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
204. Ted Stolze, Cerritos College
205. Patricia Stuhr, Ohio State University
206. Kenneth Surin, Duke University
207. Simone Swan, The Adobe Alliance
208. Janet Tallman, Antioch College
209. William J. Thompson, University of Michigan, Dearborn
210. Haunani-Kay Trask, University of Hawai'i, Mānoa
211. Michael Tucker, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
212. Nancy Turner, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
213. Julie Thi Underhill, University of California, Berkeley
214. Juan Carlos Vallejo, State University of New York
215. Stefano Varese, University of California, Davis
216. Dorothy Wang, Williams College
217. Richard Wark, University of Maryland
218. Robert Warrior, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
219. Brad Werner, University of California, San Diego
220. Mary Wilson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
221. Jessica Winegar, Temple University
222. Mansour Zand, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Endorsements from Cultural Workers:

1. Mohammed Asaad, writer, poet, critic, Kuwait
2. Mary Austin, Curator, Triptych Readings
3. Nora Barrows-Friedman, writer
4. Ellen Cantarow, independent writer
5. Hayan Charara, editor and poet
6. DJ Emancipacion, DJ in San Francisco
7. David Engle, writer
8. Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake; writer and producer
9. Bill Fletcher, Executive Editor, The Black Commentator
10. Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report
11. Mark Gonzales, poet, Human Writes Project
12. Libby Hunter, musician
13. Lydia Howell, writer, poet, radio journalist and producer, Minneapolis
14. Hugo Herlych Karlsen, author and publisher, Denmark
15. Paul Laverty, screenwriter
16. Claude Marks, The Freedom Archives
17. Tom Mysiewicz, freelance writer
18. Kiilu Nyasha, SFLive TV program
19. David Peterson, writer, Chicago
20. F. D. Reeve, poet
21. Adrienne Rich, poet, essayist
22. Stephen Rodefer, writer
23. Richard Schaaf, poet, founding editor of Azul Editions
24. Deema Shehabi, poet, San Francisco
25. Michel Shehadeh, Executive Director, Arab Film Festival
26. Joe Truss, Some of All Parts hip hop group
27. Laura C. Stevenson, writer
28. Shelby Tucker, author

Endorsements from International Colleagues:

1. Ahmed Abbes, University of Rennes 1
2. Noha Abo-krysha, Cairo University
3. Noha Taha Abokrysha, Cairo University
4. Mona Baker, University of Manchester
5. Mikhael Balabane, Universite Paris 13
6. Rana Barakat, Birzeit University
7. Katherine Bullock, University of Toronto, Mississauga
8. Coskun Cakir, Istanbul University
9. Chris Collom, University of Calgary
10. Robert Boyce, London School of Economics
11. Jean Bricmont, Universite de Louvain
12. Muhammad Talha Cicek, Sabanci University
13. Ned Curthoys, Australian National University
14. Bucker Dangor, Imperial College, London
15. Mahmoud El Lozy, American University in Cairo
16. Shadia Elshishini, Cairo University
17. Emmanuel Farjoun, Hebrew University
18. Michael Harris, Universite Paris 7
19. Huma Ibrahim, Zayed University
20. Paul Kelemen, Univ of Manchester
21. M. Moncef Khaddar, Eastern Mediterranean University
22. Lilia Labidi, University of Tunis
23. Abby Lippman, McGill University
24. Gerald MacLean, University of Exeter
25. Rania Masri, University of Balamand
26. Rima Najjar Merriman, Arab American University, Jenin
27. Khalid Mohiuddin, University of Damascus
28. Ali Mokdad, Universite de Montreal
29. Chivvis Moore, Birzeit University
30. Marcy Newman, An Najah National University, Palestine
31. Sam Noumoff, McGill University
32. Joseph Oesterle, Universite Paris VI
33. Lucia Quaresma, University of Rio de Janeiro
34. Donna M. Ruzzano, Eastern Mediterranean University
35. Rima Sabban, Zayed University, Dubai
36. Hanan Sabea, American University in Cairo
37. Mehmet Murat Sahin, Middle East Technical University, Ankara
38. Richard Seaford, University of Exeter
39. Marcus Slease, Ealing and West London College
40. Jason Thomas, Kosin University, Korea
41. Stellan Vinthagen, Gothenberg University, Sweden
42. Elia Zureik, Queen’s University

Organizational Endorsements:

1. Right to Education Campaign Campaign, Birzeit University
2. Students Creating Radical Change, New York University
3. Shi’a Organization of America
4. Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid, Southern California
5. British Committee for the Universities of Palestine
6. PEOPLE For Mathematically Perfected Economy
7. Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI)
8. The Adobe Alliance
9. Los Angeles Jews for Peace
10. International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network - Los Angeles Chapter
11. National Council of Arab Americans
12. The Free Palestine Alliance (USA)
13. Palestinian Economists Association
14. Cafe Intifada - film/cultural group
15. Los Angeles Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee
16. Harrisburg Middle East Justice and Peace (South Central Pennsylvania)
17. Emory Advocates for Justice in Palestine

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