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IAM's chapter three, Im Tirtzu's Knesset Education Committee Report on 'Boycott Israel' calls by anti-Israel Israeli academics

May 2010

   P.O. Box 997, Even Yehuda 40500, Israel. Tel: 054-4283749. E-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com


Below please find ‘boycott Israel’ calls advanced by radical Israeli academics. This was gathered by Israel Academia Monitor since 2004 for the purposes of research and learning and submitted to 'Im Tirtzu' to be incorporated in their report to the Knesset Education Committee.

Boycott Articles:

1)   Petition which includes the Israeli academics, Dr. Kobi Snitz from Weizmann Institute and Tel Aviv University’s Professor Rachel Giora and Dr. Anat Matar denouncing Boston Science Museum's sponsorship of Israeli exhibit, calling it propaganda campaign. 'This is an attempt to distract from Israel's war crimes and human rights violations' 

"IIW is far from an innocent educational endeavor. It is part of a propaganda campaign by the State of Israel to present itself as a beacon of progress in a desert of backwardness and deflect attention from its atrocious human rights record and fundamentally discriminatory policies," the letter claimed. The letter protested the show of Israeli technology in part because it is, according to the signatories, inseparable from what they call Israel's aggression. For instance, they labeled the Technion, a source of many of Israel's technological innovations, "an institution with a long track record of developing technologies of death used by Israel’s military. These include remote-controlled bulldozers for demolishing Palestinian homes and drones for picking off Palestinians from the air."

See links to petition:

http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=7693 and  http://www.revolutionmuslim.com/2010/05/open-letter-to-boston-museum-of-science.html

2) Petition titled “Israeli Citizens Say: Do Not Approve Israel's OECD Membership Until It Abides by International Law.”
Israeli academics  who signed the petition include:

TAU: Gadi Algazi, Eli Fabrikant, Rachel Giora, Dr. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Dr. Anat Matar, Dr. Yossef Schwartz

BGU:  Dr. Idan Landau, Dr. Yeela Livnat Raanan, Eyal Nir
Hebrew U: Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Hili Razinsky, Amiel Vardi, Iaroslav Youssim, Dr. Ilana Hammerman, Prof. Hannan Hever
The petition continues:  “In May 2010 the OECD ministerial committee will vote on the admission of Israel as a member of the organization. As Israeli citizens, we are concerned by the policies of the Israeli governments, policies which violate international law, violate the basic human rights of Palestinians under occupation and serve to instigate instability, violence and suffering in the Middle East.” 

http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=7681 and http://www.alternativenews.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2577:israeli-citizens-say-do-not-approve-israels-oecd-membership-until-it-abides-by-international-law&catid=119:english&Itemid=878

3) List of Israeli Academics participating in the “US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.  
This list includes
Emmanuel Farjoun of Hebrew University,
Rachel Giora of Tel Aviv University,
Anat Matar of Tel Aviv University and
Kobi Snitz of the Technion (now Weizmann Institute).  
This particular boycott calls for joining Palestinian civil society in a BDS movement against Israel.   The BDS movement describes itself as “a US campaign focused specifically on a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions.”  
This boycott movement believes that such punitive measures should be maintained against Israel until Israel “ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and its dismantling of the wall”; recognizes the “fundamental rights of the Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality”: and respects, protects, and promotes the “rights of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.”  
This boycott movement also compares Israel to apartheid in South Africa, refers to Gaza as a massacre, and accuses “
Israeli academic institutions (mostly state-controlled) and the vast majority of Israeli intellectuals and academics” of contributing “directly to maintaining, defending or otherwise justifying the above forms of oppression,” or of being “complicit in them through their silence.”  
The BDS movement calls upon their “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.”


4) "Israeli academics support the “Palestinian BDS Call from Within.”  
This list of Israeli academics includes
Prof. Rachel Giora, and Dr. Kobi Snitz.  

In this petition, which is addressed to Students against Israeli Apartheid, Palestinians and Jews, citizens and residents of Israel, profess to be “struggling to end Israeli apartheid and the decade’s long occupation and oppression of the Palestinians.”   They claim to support SAIA in their campaign to get the Carleton University pension fund to divest from five companies “deeply involved in Israel’s subjugation of the Palestinians in the occupied territories.”   
The petition claims that “oppressor and oppressed” are” not two equal sides in a conflict to be remedied by working out their mutual differences,” that international law is against Israel, and that the peace process has ignored the plight of Palestinian refugees and Arab citizens of Israel.  The petition condemns the Security Barrier, Israeli settlements, and the Israeli “occupation,” which the petition describes as a “system of apartheid” that “restricts Palestinian movement.”  
The petition also refers to Operation Cast Lead as an “aggression” targeting the “Gaza population,” and condemns the siege that has been ongoing since this war.  The petition states that BDS should be in place until “Israel renounces its ethnically discriminative and immoral practices which violate the core of accepted humane behavior.”   The petition is dated February 7, 2010. 


5) Anat Matar, who teaches in the philosophy department of Tel Aviv University, spoke at a London university to commemorate “one year since Israel’s attack on Gaza.”  
On January 21, 2010, the Jerusalem Post reported that a Tel Aviv University academic Anat Matar, who teaches in the philosophy department, spoke at a London university to commemorate “one year since Israel’s attack on Gaza.”   Her talk was entitled “Supporting the Boycott on Israel: A View from Within.”   She took part in a series of events organized by the Palestinian societies on five University of London campuses. According to JPOST, in an article in Haaretz in August, Matar accused her own university of being complicit with the "occupation" and questioned Israel's stance on Palestinian academic freedom and basic education    


6) Israeli academics sign US Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
On December 24, 2009, the Electronic Intifada published a report on the US Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.  
The following Israeli academics signed onto this petition:
Emmanuel Farjoun, Hebrew University; Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University;
Anat Matar, Tel Aviv University; and Kobi Snitz, Technion (now Weizmann Institute).  
According to this report, “27 December 2009 marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of "Operation Cast Lead," Israel's 22-day assault on the captive population of Gaza, which killed 1,400 people, one third of them children, and injured more than 5,300. During this war on an impoverished, mostly refugee population, Israel targeted civilians, using internationally-proscribed white phosphorous bombs, deprived them of power, water and other essentials, and sought to destroy the infrastructure of Palestinian civil society, including hospitals, administrative buildings and UN facilities. It also targeted educational institutions, such as the Islamic University of Gaza, the Ministry of Education, the American International School, at least ten UNRWA schools and tens of other schools and educational facilities.”    This petition claims that the “United States Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel was formed in the immediate aftermath of Operation Cast Lead, bringing together educators of conscience who were unable to stand by and watch in silence Israel's indiscriminate assault on the Gaza Strip and its educational institutions.  It claims that the “USACBI Mission Statement calls for a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions in support of an appeal by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.”   The petition asks its supporters to refrain from cooperation with Israeli institutions that do not vocally oppose Israeli state policies against Palestine, to advocate a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions at the international and national level, to promote divestment and disinvestment from Israel by international academic institutions, work for resolutions condemning Israeli policies at academic, professional, and cultural associations, and support Palestinian academic and cultural institutions. 

http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=7514 and  http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10967.shtml

7) Israeli academic Anat Matar, who teaches in the philosophy department of Tel Aviv University,  signed an open letter by the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign to the choir of Clare College, Cambridge, asking them to cancel their performance in Israel 

According to the letter, which is dated October 31, 2009, “artists and musicians in Palestine, inspired by the example of the campaign which brought an end to apartheid in South Africa, have asked people of conscience around the world not to perform in Israel as an act of solidarity with them.  They do not do this lightly, but because over forty years of talking have brought no meaningful results in the implementation of international law and humanitarian law to help Palestinians achieve an independent sovereign state.”   It continues by stating that “December 27 will be the anniversary of the terrible day last year that Israel unleashed a military onslaught on the trapped population of the Gaza Strip. While the rest of the world will be remembering the massacre of 1,400 Palestinian people, your choir will be performing in the capital city of the government which perpetrated acts now regarded as war crimes.”

 http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=7382 and  http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10967.shtml

8) Omar Barghouti, the founding member of PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural boycott of Israel, is a Palestinian MA student at Tel Aviv University. PACBI distributed a petition against a scientific cooperation agreement between Ben-Gurion University and the University of Johannesburg that was initiated by members of the University of Johannesburg community 

According to this petition, which is dated October 27, 2009, “We believe that this agreement is damaging to our university because it ignores the call of Palestinian civil society organizations to withhold co-operation from Israeli universities which co-operate in human rights abuses.  Ben-Gurion University is such an institution. Its president, Rivka Carmi, describes it as a ‘proudly Zionist institution’ which means that it actively supports the ideology of the Israeli state, which denies Palestinians an equal share of the land of their birth. Ben-Gurion University also offers partial exemption from its degree requirements to members of the Israeli military, thus bending academic requirements to the needs of a military engaged in occupying Palestinian lands in violation of United Nations Resolutions. We are particularly disturbed that the University has signed an agreement with Ben-Gurion at a time when it has declared that it is seeking legal ways to discipline the head of its politics department, Neve Gordon, for labeling Israel an apartheid state and supporting a non-violent boycott of Israeli companies and institutions which abuse human rights.”   

http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=7382 and  http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1118

9) Neve Gordon of Ben Gurion University called for boycott against Israel in an article published by LA Times.  

On August 20, 2009 Dr. Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University wrote in Los Angeles Times that Israel is an apartheid state and that only massive international pressure could save it. http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=7250 and http://articles.latimes.com/2009/aug/20/opinion/oe-gordon20  

Neve Gordon’s audio interview:   http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=40191

10) Uri Gordon of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, who is a member of Anarchists against the Wall, an Israeli action group supporting the Palestinian struggle in the West Bank, lectured on October 18, 2009 in support of the BDS campaign.  It is on video.    

Uri Gordon speaks on the achievements and limitations of this joint effort, in addition to anarchist perspectives on Palestinian national liberation and the BDS Campaign (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions). Gordon is the author of "Anarchy Alive! Anti-authoritarian Politics from Practice to Theory."

 http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=7328 and   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzC0TzwP398  

11) Israeli academic Prof. Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi speaks in support of BDS.    

On July 9-10, 2009, Prof. Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi [Department of Psychology, University of Haifa] gave a lecture and book signing for the US Campaign to Mark the 4th Anniversary of the Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS, Washington DC.

http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=7163    http://www.endtheoccupation.org/img/original/july9102009bw.jpg

12) Israeli academics signed UNISON's Boycott of Israel proposal.  

 On June 15, 2007, the following Israeli academics signed onto this petition:

Dr. Aharon Shabtai, Emmanuel Farjoun of Hebrew University, Dr. Anat Matar of Tel Aviv University, Dr. Tikva Honig-Parnass, Dr. Kobi Snitz of the Technion (now Weizmann Institute), Dr. Rachel Giora of Tel Aviv University, Dr. Hubert Law-Yone, (Late) Nina Mayorek, Dr. Hannah Safran.

According to the petition, “We Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel strongly support the proposal for UNISON to implement an economic and cultural boycott of Israel. We commend this proposal, especially in the wake of the historic decision by the University and College Union in Britain and similar proposals by the Architects for Peace and Justice in Palestine and the Congress of South African Trade Unions. Actions such as these have an immediate impact within Israel. They receive wide coverage in the mainstream media and provide an extremely effective tool in our joint struggle to bring the occupation to a just end.  We are Israeli citizens active against our country’s occupation of Palestine.”   This petition also condemns Israel’s behavior during the Gaza War, the existence of the Security Barrier and Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the fact that the international community has punished the PA for electing Hamas, and the fact that people are still investing in Israel.  

 http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=5422  and http://www.labournet.net/world/0706/israelet1.html

13) Israeli academic Paul Wexler gave a statement in support of BDS.    

On 26 February, 2003, TAU's PAUL WEXLER (linguistics) wanted Yale to Divest from Israel. “I favor the boycott even though I would be one of its immediate victims. Good luck in your efforts to save the Jews and Israel from themselves.” 

http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=240  and www.yaledivestmentnews.org/wexler.html

14) Five professors and senior lecturers at Israeli universities have joined faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University in signing a petition urging two Boston-based academic institutions to withhold investments from Israel and from American companies that sell arms to Israel. 

The petition was signed by: Professor Jacob Katriel of the Technion,  Tel Aviv Linguistics professor Rachel Giora, Professor of linguistics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Nomi Shir, MIT graduate and mathematics professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Emmanuel Farjoun 

On May 15, 2002, a Boston-based petition calling for divestment from Israel is the latest measure designed to mimic the international isolation of South Africa under apartheid rule in an Israeli setting.  

 http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=110  and  http://muslimvillage.com/story.php?id=449

15)  Eva Jablonka, a neurobiologist at Tel Aviv University, signed a petition in The Guardian for an academic boycott against Israel. Immediately followed: Prof’ Tanya Reinhart (Z”L), Tzvi Razi, Smadar Lavie, Rachel Giora, Dani Amit (Z”L), Dr. Iris Bar, Dr. Haggai Katriel,  and Dr. Ilan Pappe.

According to Jablonka's statement, which was made in May 2002, I think that it has to come from every side.  As an Israeli I have to take some responsibility for what is going on in my country.   You can't say: Don't touch me. I'm a holy academic."  Historion Zvi Razi: “I signed because I think it is impossible to accept that a state which is almost Nazi which executes severe war-crimes and continues as if nothing happens. The petition calls to stop the institutional funding which goes to Strategic think tanks, to biology and Physics research. All these deal with development and upgrade of destructive tools, which means, advancing Israel’s war capabilities.”

ttp://israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=7683 and  http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/pages/ShArtPE.jhtml?itemNo=155549

16) Israeli faculty members sign a petition in support of lecturers and students who refuse to serve in the Palestinian territories.  

This petition is signed by the following 360 Israeli academics. For the full list of names see supplements at the end of this docu'ment. According to the petition, “We, Faculty members from a number of Israeli universities, wish to express our appreciation and support for those of our students and lecturers who refuse to serve as soldiers in the occupied territories. Such service too often involves carrying out orders that have no place in a democratic society founded on the sanctity of human life. For thirty five years an entire people, some three and a half million in number, have been held without basic human rights. The occupation and oppression of another people have brought the State of Israel to where it is today. Without an Israeli declaration of an end to the occupation, accompanied by appropriate action--unilateral, if necessary--the present war is not being fought for our home but for the settlements beyond the green line and for the continued oppression of another people. We hereby express our readiness to do our best to help students who encounter academic, administrative or economic difficulties as a result of their refusal to serve in the territories. We call on the University community at large to support them.  Faculty members who wish to join are welcome to contact Anat Biletzki." 

See link to original article:  http://www.seruv.org.il/UniversitySupportHeb_Print.asp About two years ago. The names of signatories on ‘Seruv’ website were taken out. See the original signatories on Israel Academia Monitor’s website.


17) Israeli academics sign statement condemning Israeli support for the US-led war against Iraq and warning that the US-led war against Iraq could be exploited by Israel to commit crimes against the Palestinian people. 

To see the list of Israeli academics who signed this petition go to supplements at the end of this doc'ument. 

According to this public statement, which was signed on September 23, 2002, "The Israeli government may be contemplating crimes against humanity. We, members of Israeli academe, are horrified by US buildup of aggression towards Iraq and by the Israeli political leadership's enthusiastic support for it. We are deeply worried by indications that the "fog of war" could be exploited by the Israeli government to commit further crimes against the Palestinian people, up to full-fledged ethnic cleansing." 

http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/index.php?type=large_advic&advice_id=120  and  http://www.nimn.org/Perspectives/international/000130.php?section  

18) Israeli academics sign petition calling for an international force to be sent to support Palestinian self-determination and freedom, and put an end to Israel's presence in the Palestinian territories.    

To see the list of Israeli academics who signed this petition go to supplements at the end of this docum'ent.

According to this petition, which was written by Judith Buber-Agassi and Joseph Agassi, and circulated in August 2001, "We the undersigned, Palestinian and Israeli intellectuals and activists, view with grave concern the unbearable and inhuman situation imposed on the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza. Such a situation has been brought about by the repression, blockades, and daily humiliation exercised by the military occupation and by the daily harassment that Jewish settlers inflict on the Palestinian Population. We cannot remain unmoved while the suffering of Palestinians and the violation of their human and political rights continues undeterred. The recent seizure of Palestinian institutions (including Orient House) in Jerusalem and environs can only exacerbate the situation and lead to more bloodshed and suffering of innocent people. We feel it is our duty to support the call for the immediate provision of an international force to protect the Palestinian people in its struggle for the exercise of its right to self-determination and freedom, and to put an end to the military occupation of its land. We urge all those concerned, everywhere, to join us in voicing their strong opposition to the continued occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and to support our call for the provision of effective international protection for Palestinians from the aggression and repression of the Israeli occupation. Such an international force, we believe, would greatly facilitate the resumption of serious and meaningful negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli leaders and the settlement of the conflict on the basis of relevant United Nations resolutions and a two states solution.” 




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