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Boycott Calls Against Israel
BDS Law to be Tried in Israeli Courts

06.09.18
Editorial Note

The Israeli Boycott Law which was passed in 2011 by the Knesset states that individuals or organizations who publicize a call for a boycott against a person or an institution, merely because of their affiliation to the State of Israel, or to a region under Israeli control, may be sued by the party to claim damages. The law also allows the Israeli authorities to deny benefits from individuals or organizations such as tax exemptions or participation in government contracts. 

The first test of the boycott law may be headed to the court.   It involves an Israeli professor at Weizmann Institute, Ofer Aharony, who called for the boycott of a science conference at Ariel University, on the pages of The Guardian newspaper.   Aharony is among 15 academics from Al Quds, Al Aqsa, and several Western universities, urging fellow academics “not to take part in any attempts to use science to normalize the occupation of the Palestinian territories,” as Ariel University “is inseparable from a history of continuous dispossession of Palestinians from their land and restrictions on their freedom of movement.”

The conference, "Inflation, Alternatives and Gravitational Waves" which took place on the 3rd-6th September 2018, is said to "bring together experimentalists and theorists working on Early Universe processes that generate gravitational waves on various scales.” 
 
Aharony has a background of political activism.  He was a signatory of a petition calling students to refuse reserve duty in the Palestinian territories which surfaced the internet in 2001.  Incidentally, this is the same petition that Prof. Yael Amitai signed which caused her dismissal from the board of the German Israel Foundation.   In December 2015 he was among academics who wrote the petition "Academics support 'Breaking the Silence,'" which stated "We, senior members of Israeli academia, wish to express our support for the right of members of the organization "Breaking the Silence" to expose to the public the harsh reality they were exposed to in their military service. Their right is also their civic duty."   To recall, on July 17, 2018 The Knesset approved "Breaking the Silence Law" which states that organizations delegitimizing the State of Israel and acting against IDF soldiers will not be permitted to enter school premises or meet with students. Aharony also initiated a "demonstration by faculty members to be held at Ariel University while it is holding an open day for potential students, on the morning of Friday, 2.2.18", holding banners with the written slogans: "Come and study in Israel - There is no academic freedom under military rule"; "There is no academic freedom without freedom for residents"; "You do not go to a political university."
 
Unsurprisingly, the Iranian broadcasting service, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) rushed to publicize the Aharony case in an article "Israeli Professor: A Scientific Conference in Ariel - War Crime.” It stated that "An Israeli professor, Ofer Aharoni of the Weizmann Institute of Science, is behind pressure to boycott a scientific conference on cosmology in the field of the universe and gravitational waves, the first of its kind in Israel, which takes place today (Monday) in Ariel and is expected to continue for three days, with the participation of Israeli and international scientists.  As part of the boycott efforts, the professor sent personal emails to the conference attendees, warning them not to come, noting that the university is not in Israel and that the very existence of the place contravenes international law and constitutes a war crime. The professor did not limit himself to this, in a letter to professors published in the British paper The Guardian, which he and some non-Israeli professors signed, it was written among other things that the "Ariel settlement" limits Palestinian freedom of movement and caused the forcible departure of Palestinians from their homes. Human Rights Watch has been involved in this BDS activity.”

The Ariel conference could be the first boycott case to be held in court. IAM will report further in due course.

  


Israeli Academic Leading Call to Boycott Ariel University Conference

By JNi.Media - 23 Elul 5778 – September 3, 2018

Prof. Ofer Aharony from the Weizmann Institute is leading efforts to boycott an academic conference on cosmology and particle physics, the first of its kind in Israel, which opens at Ariel University on Monday and will run through Thursday.

In an open letter to The Guardian last Friday, Prof. Aharony leads 14 other academics from Al Quds, Al Aqsa, and universities located in the West, in calling on fellow academics “not to take part in any attempts to use science to normalize the occupation of the Palestinian territories,” because Ariel University’s development “is inseparable from a history of continuous dispossession of Palestinians from their land and restrictions on their freedom of movement.”

Promoting boycotts against Israel by Israeli professors has been outlawed by the country’s Council for Higher Education, which in March instructed academic institutions to implement a new code of ethics at the start of 2019, which bans professors from promoting an academic boycott of Israel.According to Israel Hayom, Aharony also sent personal emails to the conference’s speakers, urging them not to attend.

But the Weizmann Institute defended Aharony in a statement saying: “Professor Aharony clearly noted that he is addressing the conference participants as a private citizen. As such, he is entitled to express his opinions and his worldviews.”

It’s true that the letter to the Guardian states that “the views expressed in this correspondence are those of the authors, and may not reflect those of their employers,” but the very force of the letter is founded on the names of the academic institutions next to the relatively anonymous names of the signatories. Clearly, it’s a bait-and-switch trick, where the academics claim independence from the very institutions that provide their message with gravitas.

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg, whose organization was the driving force behind the new code of ethics, called Aharony’s behavior a “disgrace.

“It is inconceivable that such a thing can pass unnoticed,” Peleg stated. “We expect Education Minister Naftali Bennett to summon the president of the Weizmann Institute and inquire why such an outrageous act was met with silence and tacit agreement from the Institute.”

“If the academic code of ethics was created for any purpose at all, it was to combat academic boycotts of Israel,” Peleg stressed.

Incidentally, Arabs on either side of the green line are benefiting from Ariel university, which has recently launched a medical school on its campus. The school, funded by Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, will admit 100 students a year—both Jews and non-Jews. According to Ha’aretz, “Palestinians in Samaria will have access to the school’s clinical facilities; those needing health care will be able to obtain it close to home. The medical school at Ariel should be able to make a substantial contribution to relations between Israelis and Palestinians.”

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פרופ' ישראלי: קיום כנס מדעי באריאל - פשע מלחמה
פרופסור ישראלי – עופר אהרוני ממכון ויצמן, עומד מאחורי לחצים להחרים כנס מדעי בתחום הקוסמולוגיה בתחום היקום וגלי הכבידה, כנס ראשון מסוגו בישראל, שמתקיים היום (שני) באריאל וצפוי להמשך שלושה ימים בהשתתפות מדענים מישראל ומהעולם.

כחלק ממאמצי ההחרמה שלח הפרופסור מיילים אישיים למוזמני הכנס ובהם התריע בהם לא להגיע תוך שהוא מציין כי האוניברסיטה אינה בשטח ישראל ועצם קיום המקום עומד בניגוד לדין הבינלאומי ומהווה פשע מלחמה. הפרופסור לא הסתפק בכך, במכתב פרופסורים שפורסם בגרדיאן הבריטי, עליו הוא ומספר פרופסורים לא ישראלים חתומים, נכתב בין היתר כי "ההתנחלות אריאל", מגבילה חופש פעולה של פלסטיניים וגרמה לעזיבה בכוח של פלסטיניים מבתיהם. לפעילות זו הצטרף ארגון Human Rights Wach הנגוע בפעילות ה- BDS .
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Israel’s Council for Higher Education slams calls for Ariel University boycott

September 4, 2018 at 11:41 am

Israel’s Council for Higher Education has slammed calls for a boycott of West Bank settlement-based Ariel University, reported Israel Hayom, following recent efforts to dissuade academics from attending a physics conference at the institution.

Last week, a letter was published in the Guardian – reportedly the initiative of Israeli Professor Ofer Aharony, according to Israel Hayom – signed by a number of scholars from universities in the United States, UK, Finland, Belgium, and the occupied Palestinian territories.

The letter denounced the conference on cosmology and particle physics taking place in Ariel University this week, and urged colleagues to boycott the institution.

Ariel University is located in Ariel settlement, deep in the occupied West Bank. All settlements are illegal under international law, and human rights groups describe them as being at the heart of an inherently discriminatory regime.

The Council for Higher Education, however, “voiced its support for Ariel University”, reported Israel Hayom, stating that it “strongly disapproves of calls supporting the boycott made by lone members of the academic faculty in institutions of higher learning in Israel”.

“In addition, and in accordance with the decision of the Council for Higher Education, academic institutions will act in the coming year to adopt a code of ethics that includes a reference to the fact that an academic boycott constitutes an improper, anti-democratic step that deeply contradicts the essence of academia,” the statement continued.

A spokesperson for Ariel University, meanwhile, said the institution was “continuing its international research activity and would not allow calls for its boycott, despite their being a criminal offense under the boycott law, to harm this successful activity.”


 

 

Academics express their disquiet at a science conference being held in a settlement in the occupied West Bank

We are writing to express our view that Ariel University in the occupied West Bank is the wrong venue for a conference on cosmology and particle physics starting on Monday 3 September and running until 6 September. The settlements are illegal under international law and have been denounced by the international court of justice and numerous UN resolutions. Human Rights Watch has noted that Ariel’s “development is inseparable from a history of continuous dispossession of Palestinians from their land and restrictions on their freedom of movement”..

There is strong opposition to Ariel University. Due to its location in a settlement, it is excluded from receiving funds from the EU, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development. In 2012, more than 1,200 Israeli faculty members signed a petition opposing the establishment of Ariel, describing it as an attempt to recruit the Israeli academia into the service of the occupation and settlement efforts. Palestinian civil society and academia are comprehensively against the occupation and the settlements.

We, the undersigned, believe that participating in any activities held in a settlement amounts to accepting the Israeli government’s policy of gradually annexing the occupied territories to Israel. We call upon our colleagues and the wider scientific community to consider these facts before engaging in any activities related to Ariel, and not to take part in any attempts to use science to normalise the occupation of the Palestinian territories. The views expressed in this correspondence are those of the authors, and may not reflect those of their employers.

Prof Ofer Aharony Weizmann Institute
Prof Imad Barghouthi, Al Quds University
Prof Suleiman Baraka, Al Aqsa University-Gaza and Virginia Tech
Prof Robert Brandenberger, McGill University
Prof Anne-Christine Davis, University of Cambridge
Prof John Ellis, King’s College London
Prof David Gross Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara
Prof Thomas Hertog KU Leuven
Dr David Marsh University of Cambridge
Prof Ann E Nelson University of Washington
Dr Syksy Räsänen University of Helsinki
Prof Martin Rees University of Cambridge
Prof Nathan Seiberg Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Prof Neil Turok Perimeter Institute
Prof Edward Witten Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton



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Ariel University 
Inflation, Alternatives and Gravitational Waves

Ariel, 3rd-6th September 2018 

The workshop brings together experimentalists and theorists working on
Early Universe processes that generate gravitational waves on various scales.
Additional talks will be chosen from Abstracts

Registration Deadline: 7st August 2018

Topics to be addressed:
Status of Inflationary Theory
Alternative Early Universe Theories
Present and Future CMB Observations
Status of LIGO and LISA
Stochastic Gravitational Waves and Observations

Invited Speakers
Raphael Flauger (UCSD)
Viatcheslav Mukhanov (LMU)
Germano Nardini (Stavanger)
Francisco Pedro (Bologna)
Alexei Starobinsky (Landau Institute)

Organizing Committee
Ido Ben Dayan (Ariel)
Ramy Brustein (Ben Gurion)
Gilad Orr (Ariel)
Marcelo Schiffer (Ariel)



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USACBI letter calls on scientists to reject settlement university conference, support academic boycott of Israel

Inflation, Alternatives

The following letter was sent to the invited participants of “Inflation, Alternatives and Gravitational Waves,” a conference taking place at Ariel University, a settler university constructed in an illegal settlement in the West Bank of occupied Palestine, from September 3-6, 2018. Initiated by USACBI Organizing Collective member and mathematician Prof. David Klein and signed by many members of the OC, the letter urges participants to honor the call by Palestinian academics and civil society for an institutional academic boycott of Israel until it recognizes and implements Palestinian human rights:

Letter to Invited Participants of the Conference, Inflation, Alternatives and Gravitational Waves, at Ariel University, Israel, 3rd -6th September 2018

August 2018

Dear Professor;

We write as representative members of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USABCI) to urge you not to participate in the forthcoming conference, Inflation, Alternatives and Gravitational Waves, to be held at Ariel University in September 2018. Instead we ask that you consider acting in concert with thousands of academics and many academic associations and honor the call by Palestinian academics and civil society for an institutional academic boycott of Israel [1], until Israel:

  1. Ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantles the Apartheid Wall;
  2. Recognizes the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
  3. Respects, protects and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

In 2013, the leading physicist, Stephen Hawking, honored requests from Palestinian scientists and cancelled his scheduled participation in an Israeli conference [2].

The choice of Ariel University, located on Palestinian land in the West Bank, as the site of an international conference is particularly egregious.  The recent incorporation of Ariel University into Israel’s Higher Education Council is broadly seen as a “covert but tangible first step towards annexation” of the West Bank [3].

We call to your attention that the academic boycott of Israel is directed solely at Israeli institutions, not individual academics.  It is regrettable that many in the scientific community have chosen to denounce the academic boycott of Israeli institutions utilizing the justification of protecting academic freedom [4].  That justification is misdirected. Participation in the academic and cultural boycott is not a denial of academic freedom, it is an exercise of academic freedom [5].  It is a choice not to participate in joint projects with Israeli institutions, which are deeply complicit with Israel’s program of ethnic cleansing and apartheid policies.

Rather than Israeli scholars, it is Palestinian academics who suffer denial of academic freedom in its most violent and extreme forms. Israel’s assaults on the right to education and academic freedom for Palestinians have been unrelenting. During the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, for example, there were 31 attacks on Al-Quds University from which 2473 people were injured, 5121 tear gas canisters and bullets were shot, and 276 people were interrogated by Israeli intelligence. During the 2013-2014 academic year alone, at Al-Quds University, 640 lectures had to be cancelled, more than 830 students were treated for tear gas injuries, 1000 students had to cancel registration attendance, and more than 12,000 students were forced to evacuate the university on three occasions because of Israeli-inflicted violence [6].

The University of Gaza has been bombed multiple times [7]. Birzeit University in the West Bank has been closed down at least 15 times by the Israeli military, and its former president, Dr. Hanna Nasir, a physicist, was deported and was forced to carry out his administrative duties in exile for 19 years [8]. Israel has destroyed or damaged hundreds of Palestinian schools, even kindergartens [9].

Israeli military authorities forbid students from Gaza to attend universities in the West Bank, and vice versa, and the system of Israeli checkpoints that crisscrosses the West Bank makes school attendance nearly impossible for Palestinian students. Palestinian researchers are regularly denied permission to travel abroad to attend conferences and participate in joint projects.  And Palestinian students with Israeli citizenship face institutionalized discrimination [10].

Israeli universities regularly cooperate with the military, reducing the occupied territories to giant open-air laboratories in order to test weapons, surveillance and biometric technology, develop crowd control and cyber warfare, and even study a so-called “Arab mentality”.   The recent massacre of nonviolent protesters in Gaza, including shootings of medical personnel and even young children, underscores the need for international pressure to stop to the carnage.

In the words of Nobel Peace prize laureate Desmond Tutu, “Israeli Universities are an intimate part of the Israeli regime, by active choice. While Palestinians are not able to access universities and schools, Israeli universities produce the research, technology, arguments and leaders for maintaining the occupation.” [11]

Israel continues to violate international law with its increasingly racist policies. The recent passage of the Basic Law, “Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People,” now part of Israel’s constitution, institutionalizes apartheid in Israel.  According to the new law, the state of Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people “in which it exercises its natural, cultural, religious and historical right for self-determination” a right that is “exclusive to the Jewish people.” Palestinians are denied equal rights both in practice and in law [12].

We ask for your support to bring this intolerable situation to an end.

Sincerely,

David Klein, (contact: david.klein@csun.edu)
Professor of Mathematics
California State University Northridge
Organizing Collective, USACBI

Nada Elia, PhD
Fairhaven College
Western Washington University
Organizing Collective, USACBI

Richard Falk
Professor of International Law, Emeritus
Princeton University
Former Special Rapporteur, UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights in Occupied Palestine

Cynthia Franklin
Professor of English
University of Hawai’i
Organizing Collective, USACBI

Terri Ginsberg
The American University in Cairo
Organizing Collective, USACBI

Charlotte Kates
International Coordinator
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
Organizing Collective, USACBI

John King
Associate Adjunct Professor
School of Professional Studies, New York University
Organizing Collective, USACBI

Michael Letwin
Labor for Palestine; Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325 (NYC)
Organizing Collective, USACBI

Adam Miyashiro
Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature
Stockton University
Organizing Collective, USACBI

Bill V. Mullen
Professor of American Studies
Affiliated Faculty Global Studies, Purdue University
Organizing Collective, USACBI

David Palumbo-Liu
Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor
Stanford University
Organizing Collective, USACBI

References

[1] BDS Freedom Justice Equality, https://bdsmovement.net/academic-boycott, PACBI Guidelines for the International Academic Boycott of Israel, https://bdsmovement.net/pacbi/academic-boycott-guidelines

 [2] “Top Scientist Joins BDS Movement Stephen Hawking Confirms He Is Boycotting Israeli Conference,”  Haaretz, May 08, 2013 https://www.haaretz.com/hawking-confirms-israel-boycott-1.5241535

[3] “US smooths Israel’s path to annexing West Bank,” Jonathan Cook,  Mondoweiss March 19, 2018https://mondoweiss.net/2018/03/smooths-israels-annexing/

[4] “Don’t boycott Israel’s scientists,” Nature417, 1 (2 May 2002) doi:10.1038/417001a

[5]Journal Of Academic Freedom, Vol. 4 (2013) https://www.aaup.org/reports-publications/journal-academic-freedom/volume-4

[6] “Israeli attacks on Al Quds University give new meaning to ‘academic freedom’,” Kamilah Moore, Mondoweiss,  November 17, 2014  http://mondoweiss.net/2014/11/israeli-university-academic/

[7] “Israel-Gaza conflict: University hit as Palestinians endure more than 200 strikes in 24 hours,” Lizzie Dearden, The Independent, 2 August 2014
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-gaza-conflict-university-hit-as-palestinians-endure-more-than-200-strikes-in-24-hours-9644243.html

[8] History of Birzeit University, Birzeit University website: www.Birzeit.edu
http://sites.birzeit.edu/pas/content/history-birzeit-university
“Birzeit University rises up against Israel’s arrests,” Mariam Barghouti, Aljazeera, 11 January 2016
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/birzeit-university-rises-israel-arrests-160106083537743.html

[9] “Suffocating the Gaza Strip under Israeli Blockade,” Amnesty International report, January 2010; “Gaza crisis: a closer look at Israeli strikes on UNRWA schools,” Raya Jalabi, Tom McCarthy and Nadja Popovich, Guardian UK, 8 August 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/08/-sp-gaza-israeli-strikes-unrwa-schools
“Israeli attack on Gaza damaged 75 kindergartens and day-care centers,” Mondoweiss, September 22, 2014 http://mondoweiss.net/2014/09/israeli-damaged-kindergartens/

[10] “SECOND CLASS: Discrimination Against Palestinian Arab Children in Israel’s Schools, Human Rights Watch, 2001 https://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/israel2/

[11]  “Israeli ties: a chance to do the right thing,”Times Live, Archbishop Desmond Tutu , 26 September 2010   http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2010/09/26/israeli-ties-a-chance-to-do-the-right-thing

[12] “‘We the Jewish People’— A deep look into Israel’s new law,” Eyal Benvenisti and Doreen Lustig, Just Security, July 24, 2018

https://www.justsecurity.org/59632/israel-nationality-jewish-state-law/


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[ActLeft] קריאה להפגנה נגד שילוב אוניברסיטת אריאל ([ActLeft] A call for a demonstration against the integration of Ariel University)


davidief davidief@netvision.net.il [ActLeft]
Jan 17, 2018

A demonstration against the integration of Ariel University into Israeli academia

A few years ago, you and 1,200 people signed a petition that we arranged against the transformation of Ariel College into a university,

http://israeli-academic-for-peace.org.il

And / or a declaration that you will not cooperate in any way with the University of Ariel.

Unfortunately, since Ariel University has grown, there is a creeping process of normalization of this university and its gradual integration into Israeli academia through joint activities, conferences and workshops. The opposition to this process is eroding, given the strong support of the government at the university, although at the international level there is still no cooperation with this university in the form of international conferences or grants (at least in Western countries).

The government initiated a bill, which is in the process of legislation, according to which Israeli law will apply to the University of Ariel, and the academic responsibility will be transferred to the Council for Higher Education (instead of staying in the Judea and Samaria Council). The purpose of the law is to integrate Ariel University into Israeli academia, thereby enlisting Israeli academia to support the occupation and expansion of the settlements.

Ariel University was established in the Occupied Territories as part of the worldview that Israel should continue forever in the occupation of the territories. This policy negates the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and inevitably leads to violent oppression of the Palestinian population. The Palestinians who live in the area through which Ariel has been  located are prevented from entering. An academic institution that operates in a place where it does not serve the local population, and in fact renounces and completely ignores its existence, can not be part of the free academy in a democratic state.

For these reasons, it seems to us that the time has come to remind the Israeli public in general, and Israeli academia and Israeli students in particular, of the fact that Ariel is not (yet) part of the State of Israel but is under military rule, with all that it entails. Such a reminder would encourage many good academics who feel lonely in their struggle against this university. We are launching a demonstration by faculty members to be held at Ariel University while it is holding an open day for potential students, on the morning of Friday, 2.2.18.

It seems to us that the slogans at the demonstration should be directed at students and focus on the university, such as:

Come and study in Israel - There is no academic freedom under military rule

There is no academic freedom without freedom for residents

You do not go to a political university

Since the demonstrations of academic staff are not common, we believe that there is a chance to gain media attention for such a demonstration, in order to advance the goals mentioned above.

If you intend to come to the demonstration, we would like to confirm your arrival with one of us :

Ofer Aharoni, Weizmann Institute, ofer.aharony@weizmann.ac.il

Nir Gov, Weizmann Institute, nir.gov@weizmann.ac.il

In the announcement, it will be said that you will come to the demonstration. We also ask you to distribute this message to anyone who might be interested in such a demonstration (especially young faculty members who have not signed the previous petitions). If there is demand we will try to organize transportation from Tel Aviv. The organization of the demonstration does not participate in any organization, so we may ask for assistance in financing it if necessary.

Best regards,

Ofer Aharoni and Nir Gov, Weizmann Institute


[ActLeft] קריאה להפגנה נגד שילוב אוניברסיטת אריאל

davidief davidief@netvision.net.il [ActLeft]
Jan 17

הפגנה נגד שילוב אוניברסיטת אריאל באקדמיה הישראלית

לפני שנים אחדות חתמתם/ן עם עוד 1200 איש על עצומה שארגנו נגד הפיכתה של מכללת אריאל לאוניברסיטה,

http://israeli-academics-for-peace.org.il

ו/או על הצהרה שלא תשתפו פעולה בכל צורה עם אוניברסיטת אריאל.

למרבה הצער, מאז גדלה אוניברסיטת אריאל, ומתנהל תהליך זוחל של נורמליזציה של אוניברסיטה זו ושילובה ההדרגתי באקדמיה הישראלית ע"י פעילויות משותפות ואף כנסים וסדנאות. ההתנגדות לתהליך זה הולכת ונשחקת, לאור התמיכה החזקה של הממשלה באוניברסיטה, אם כי ברמה הבין לאומית אין עדיין שום שיתוף פעולה עם אוניברסיטה זו בדמות כנסים או מענקי מחקר בינלאומיים (לפחות במדינות המערב).

 הממשלה יזמה הצעת חוק, שנמצא בתהליך חקיקה, לפיו יוחל החוק הישראלי על אוניברסיטת אריאל, והאחריות האקדמית עליה תעבור למועצה להשכלה גבוהה (במקום להישאר במל"ג יו"ש). מטרת החוק היא לשלב את אוניברסיטת אריאל באקדמיה הישראלית, ובכך לגייס את האקדמיה הישראלית לתמיכה בכיבוש ובהרחבת ההתנחלויות.

אונ' אריאל הוקמה בשטחים הכבושים כחלק מתפיסת עולם הגורסת שעל ישראל להמשיך לעד במצב של כיבוש השטחים. מדיניות זו שוללת את הקמתה של מדינה פלסטינית עצמאית, ומובילה בהכרח לדיכוי אלים של האוכלוסייה הפלסטינית. הפלסטינים שגרים באזור שבקרבו הוקמה אריאל ממודרים מגישה אליה. מוסד אקדמי שפועל במקום בו הוא אינו משרת את האוכלוסייה המקומית, ולמעשה מתנכר ומתעלם לחלוטין מקיומה, אינו יכול להיות חלק מהאקדמיה החופשית במדינה דמוקרטית.

מסיבות אלה נראה לנו שהגיע הזמן לפעול על מנת להזכיר לציבור הישראלי בכלל, ולאקדמיה הישראלית והסטודנטים הישראלים בפרט, את העובדה שאריאל איננה (לפחות עדיין) חלק ממדינת ישראל אלא נמצאת תחת שלטון צבאי, על כל המשתמע מכך. תזכורת כזו תעודד רבים וטובים באקדמיה המרגישים בודדים במאבקם נגד אוניברסיטה זו. אנו יוזמים הפגנה של אנשי סגל אקדמי שתתקיים באוניברסיטת אריאל בזמן שזו מקיימת יום פתוח לסטודנטים פוטנציאליים, בבוקר יום שישי ה-2.2.18.

נראה לנו שהסיסמאות בהפגנה צריכות להיות מופנות לסטודנטים ולהתמקד באוניברסיטה, בסגנון:

בואו ללמוד בישראל - אין חופש אקדמי תחת שלטון צבאי
אין חופש אקדמי בלי חופש לתושבים
לא לומדים באוניברסיטה פוליטית

 מאחר שהפגנות של סגל אקדמי אינן נפוצות, נראה לנו שיש סיכוי להשיג תהודה תקשורתית להפגנה כזו, כדי לקדם את המטרות שהוזכרו למעלה.

באם אתם/ן מתכוונים לבוא להפגנה, נבקשכם/ן לאשר את בואכם/ן לאחד מאתנו:
עופר אהרוני, מכון ויצמן, ofer.aharony@weizmann.ac.il
ניר גוב, מכון ויצמן, nir.gov@weizmann.ac.il

בהודעה שבכותרתה ייאמר שתבואו להפגנה. כמוכן נבקשכם/ן להפיץ הודעה זו לכל מי שעשוי/ה להתעניין בהפגנה כזו (בפרט לחברי סגל צעירים שלא חתמו על העצומות הקודמות). באם יהיה ביקוש ננסה לארגן הסעות מתל אביב. בארגון ההפגנה לא משתתף כל ארגון שהוא, כך שייתכן שנבקש סיוע במימונה אם יידרש כזה. 

בברכה,
עופר אהרוני וניר גוב, מכון ויצמן


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