|A New Round of Calls to Boycott Israeli Academy|
IAM has monitored calls for academic boycott for close to a decade. The recent EU move to increase pressure on Israel by blocking all financial ties to entities that have ties to the territories has empowered pro-Palestinian groups to redouble their efforts. The call to boycott a conference on oral history at Hebrew University is a case in point. The organizers point out that part of the Mount Scopus campus is built on land confiscated from the Palestinians in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Charging the Hebrew University with an active role in promoting Ariel University is not only a novel argument but evidently hand-tailored to the EU decision. Should the EU implement its guidelines as planned, pro-Palestinian groups active in the academy would launch a complaint with the EU Commission that may threaten grants for the HUJ. .
A number of Israeli professors who work in Western universities signed the petition. Among them are well known figures such as Ilan Pappe, Haim Bresheeth, Oren Ben-Dor, Hagit Borer, Ronit Lentin, Moshé Machover, and Gabriel Piterberg.
Kobi Snitz from the Weizmann Institute is the only employee of an Israeli university. Snitz, a leader in "Anarchists Against the Wall" has defied the law that makes calls to BDS illegal. He is one of handful of Israeli faculty, that includes Anat Matar and Neve Gordon, who have ignored the law. Neither the Israeli government nor the university authorities have reacted so far to this breach of law.