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"Achille Mbembe Antisemite? You Make Me Laugh": The Case of Revital Madar

 

21.05.2020

Editorial Note

 

The new Minister for Higher Education Zeev Elkin has his work cut out for him. Over the years, IAM reported numerous cases of Israeli scholars who used their position to push a political agenda, including sponsoring and defending BDS.  One current example stems from the heated debate about whether BDS is anti-Semitic.  The Israeli government and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) have emphatically declared the BDS to be a unique form of anti-Semitism. The IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism includes two clauses, "Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor" and "Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation," making BDS anti-Semitic.  The IHRA Definition has been accepted by executive and legislative bodies in the West. 

 

For instance, the German Parliament, Bundestag, passed a resolution calling BDS anti-Semitic and illegal. The reason is that singling-out Israel while giving a pass to countries with a much worse record of human rights abuse is tantamount to anti-Semitism.  In response, some Israeli scholars opposed this decision, positing that BDS is not anti-Semitic. 

More recently, the historian-philosopher Prof. Achille Mbembe from South Africa was disinvited to appear in music and cultural festival in Germany, because he espouses BDS.

 

Some Israeli scholars decried the German decision and mounted a defense of Mbembe.  

 

Revital Madar, a Ph.D. candidate at the Hebrew University,  posted on the Academia-IL Facebook group an article which she translated from French, "Achille Mbembe Antisemite? You Make Me Laugh" by Jean-Francois Bayart.  Bayart argued that Mbembe was accused of anti-Semitism for "daring" to describe "the apartheid regime in connection with Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories." Madar argued that the last "victim of the Zionist Lobby" in Germany is Achille Mbembe, whose criticism of the Israeli policy in the occupied territories "made him, what else, an anti-Semite." Also, she noted, Bayart's response relates to the contemporary state’s "persecution of thought" and of lacking an understanding of the comparative. Madar took to cite Bayart, that the "comparison, then, between the apartheid regime and the occupation of the Palestinian territories is the classics of political sociology, as an argument about the colonial nature, or not, of the Zionist project. Raising the question leaves the answer open. The comparative is sharing questions, not answers."

 

Clearly, she did not bother to read Mbembe, who espouses anti-Semitic literature, nor followed his activism.  In 2010, Mbembe was a signatory to a petition urging the University of Johannesburg to sever its relations with Ben-Gurion University.  In 2015, he wrote the foreword for the book Apartheid: The Politics of Analogy, which was highly venomous.  The occupation "is not apartheid, South African style. It is far more lethal." As the Jewish "victimhood, and a supremacist complex" are making the occupation "the biggest moral scandal of our times, one of the most dehumanizing ordeals." Israelis are willing "to go all the way—carnage, destruction, incremental extermination" while there is "no need to take responsibility for the suffering inflicted on the other party because we have convinced ourselves that the other party does not exist. Thus thuggishness, jingoism, racist rhetoric, and sectarianism. Thus every two or three years, an all-out, asymmetrical assault against a population entrapped in an open-air prison." For this, Israel uses "the army, the police, the settlers, the pilots of bombing raids, the zealots, and the cohort of international Pharisees and their mandatory righteousness, starting with the United States of America.”  He accused Israel of trying to purge the "Palestinians from the land,” a phrase that hinted at Hitler’s agenda of purging Jews from the human race. Not surprisingly, Mbembe urged a total isolation of Israel by the international community. 

 

In Dec. 2015 Mbembe was among scholars from South African universities, "deeply disturbed" by Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, "the intolerable human rights violations that it inflicts on all sections of the Palestinian people, and its apparent determination to resist any feasible settlement." They pledged, "we will not: accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions; act as referees in any of their processes; participate in conferences funded, organized or sponsored by them, or otherwise cooperate with them."

 

In 2016, in an article titled "The society of enmity," in Radical Philosophy, he wrote that Israel's "desire for apartheid and the phantasy of extermination are not new phenomena.”  From the “regular imposition of curfews within Palestinian enclaves and controls on movement to the objective imprisonment of entire towns... regular military incursions, home demolitions, the desecration of cemeteries, whole olive groves uprooted, infrastructure turned to rubble and obliterated, high- and medium-altitude bombardments, targeted assassinations, urban counter-insurgency techniques, the profiling of minds and bodies, constant harassment.” According to him, “the metaphor of apartheid does not fully account for the specific character of the Israeli separation project... The apocalyptic and catastrophist elements that underwrite it are far more complex" in comparison to South Africa, "given its ‘hi-tech’ character, the effects of the Israeli project on the Palestinian body are much more formidable" and its "various techniques of material and symbolic erasure." Israel's "procedures and techniques of demolition... and its fanatical policy of destruction aimed at transforming the life of Palestinians into a heap of ruins or a pile of garbage destined for cleansing... when required, transform itself into an instrument of strangulation."

 

IAM reported in November 2018 of an international conference, "Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation: The Light and Shadow of Historical Trauma" at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  Several Israeli scholars were persuaded to withdraw their participation due to pressure from the BDS movement. Mbembe and a colleague published a statement, announcing "We let the organizers know this morning that we would have no option but to withdraw from the conference if a satisfactory agreement was not found between the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the Organizing Committee. A short while ago, we were informed by the organizers that the Israeli speakers who were on the program have rescinded their participation at the conference and for this reason, we are open to participating in the conference."   It did not occur to Mbembe and his colleagues that the BDS Movement repeatedly stated that only Israeli institutions were to be boycotted and not individual Israeli scholars.

 

Mbembe's work makes it clear that it falls within the category of anti-Semitism as promulgated by IHRA.  

 

Evidently, Revital Madar is not bothered by Mbembe’s virulent anti-Semitic writings. Perusing her CV makes clear why. 

 

She is a graduate of the Program in Cultural Studies and her Ph.D. thesis is titled “Repudiated Violence and Sovereignty – The Case of Israel.” Her supervisor is Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, and her Ph.D. committee comprises of Prof. Louise Bethlehem, Prof. Gadi Algazi, and Dr. Yael Berda

 All four are prominent academic activists whose controversial work has been reviewed by IAM before.  

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As for Madar, she is a fast learner when it comes to combining academics and political activism. She started by studying philosophy and writing on Mizrahi topics, but she remade herself into an expert on law, to use lawfare against Israel.  Proving that Israel is breaking international 

humanitarian law is a big academic business these days.  In fact, lawfare is a precursor of BDS in the sense that it legitimizes the calls to boycott Israel. Not surprisingly, she landed a plush position as a visiting Ph.D. fellow in the prestigious International Law Department at the Graduate Institute Geneva. Her two works in progress are titled "Sovereignty from Below: The Performance of Israel’s Rule of Law and the Legal Place of the Palestinian" and "Exceptional Violence and Ordinary Racialization: The Construction of Sovereign Difference in Israel’s Military Courts." 

 

Madar is the "second generation” product of a cohort of radical scholars who have abused their academic positions to besmirch every aspect of Israel’s existence.  They have written books that are part of the radical anti-Israeli canon which dominates social sciences, participated in conferences, and gave lectures far and wide on the subject.  Many have been rewarded for their activism by securing positions in prestigious universities in the West, as IAM reported.   Fighting BDS has become a strategic task to which both the government of Israel and numerous Jewish organizations have been devoted.  However, it should be clear that BDS is the tip of the iceberg built on a foundation of a broader academic paradigm that delegitimizes the State of Israel.  

 

There are no easy solutions to the problem of the radicalization of the social sciences in Israel.  Pleading academic freedom, the universities have vehemently objected to taking any remedial steps. Minister Elkin would be well advised to create a committee to investigate the matter. 

 

 

 

  



Wits University academic at centre of international anti-Semitism row

 
A highly respected professor at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is at the centre of a raging international war of words over anti-Semitism and freedom of speech following widespread criticism of his past writings.
by NICOLA MILTZ | May 14, 2020

Acclaimed African academic Achille Mbembe, 63, has been accused of being anti-Semitic in countries like Germany where he is a popular public figure. He has been further criticised for trivialising and relativising the Holocaust in his writings; equating the state of Israel with apartheid; and questioning Israel’s right to exist. Mbembe says the “shameful allegations” against him are unfounded.

“I’m not a mere abstraction, but an actual human being with a name and a history,” Mbembe, who was born in Cameroon and obtained his PhD in History at the Sorbonne in France, told the SA Jewish Report. He is professor at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wiser), and his academic focus is on social science and post-colonialism. He has written extensively about contemporary politics and philosophy.

“The politician, the bureaucrat, and their allies who are waging a campaign against me aren’t scholars. I doubt they care who I am, where I come from, and what I stand for. I bet many are unable to pronounce my name correctly,” he said.

For several weeks, the eminent philosopher and historian has been the subject of a heated argument in Germany. The debate was triggered when Mbembe was invited to deliver the opening address at one of Germany’s most popular cultural festivals, the Ruhrtriennale, in August. The festival has since been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the debate over Mbembe’s invitation caused a mudslinging battle of wits.

In late March, the spokesperson of the Free Democratic Party in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lorenz Deutsch, called for Mbembe to be barred from giving the festival’s opening speech. He criticised Mbembe for aligning himself with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) camp, something taken very seriously in Germany where the German parliament has declared the BDS movement to be anti-Semitic.

Mbembe told the Jerusalem Post that “this politician [Deutsch] has been waging a relentless racist campaign of defamation against me”.

Dr Felix Klein, the German government’s Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight Against anti-Semitism, entered the fray, demanding that the festival’s organisers rescind the invitation.

Klein’s involvement raised the ire of a string of left-leaning Jewish scholars who in turn called on German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to replace Klein.

They described Mbembe as “one of the most important intellectuals in Africa” and said Klein’s attempt to frame Mbembe as an anti-Semite was “baseless”, calling the attack a witch hunt. They said “unjustified allegations” of anti-Semitism interfered with freedom of speech, especially when it came to controversial issues like Israel.

Meanwhile, another academic organisation, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, countered this with a show of support for Klein.

The long-winded and highly nuanced affair has generated a significant amount of media coverage internationally.

The intellectual, who lives with his partner and fellow academic, Professor Sarah Nuttall, and their two children in Johannesburg, has vehemently denied all the allegations.

Referring to his accusers, Mbembe asked the SA Jewish Report, “Why should anyone give them credibility on scholarly matters when internationally recognised scholars, each of whom is a specialist in the field, have condemned their misuse of the necessary struggle against anti-Semitism for political and ideological purposes?”

Mbembe told the weekly Die Zeit, “Everything I have ever written or said rests on a single foundation, namely the hope for the development of a truly universal community from which no one is excluded.” He added that anti-Semitism was a “terrible crime”.

In another interview, he said it would never occur to him to contest Israel’s right to exist.

“The truth is that although I am committed to Palestinian equality and freedom, I have no relationship whatsoever with BDS.”

However, over the past ten years, Mbembe’s record in this area speaks to the contrary.

In 2010, he was a signatory to a University of Johannesburg petition, backed by BDS-SA, calling for academics to support the call for the university to terminate its relationship with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University.

Two years later in 2014, he wrote the forward for an anti-Israel ebook titled: Apartheid: The Politics of Analogy. In it, Mbembe writes, “The occupation of Palestine is the greatest moral scandal of our times, one of the most dehumanising ordeals of the century we have just entered, and the biggest act of cowardice of the last half-century.” … “And since all they are willing to offer is a fight to the finish, since what they are willing to do is to go all the way – carnage, destruction, incremental extermination – the time has come for global isolation.”

He again aligned himself with a BDS-backed campaign in 2015, which called on academics to sign a declaration supporting the rights of Palestinians, and pledging not to accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions or participate in Israeli conferences.

In 2016, Mbembe wrote a lengthy essay titled, “The Society of Enmity” in the publication Radical Philosophy, in which he has been accused of equating Israel with the former apartheid regime, and minimising the Holocaust.

Then in 2018, he supported the actions of BDS-SA against the inclusion of Israeli and Palestinian academics who were mostly involved in peace work in a conference at Stellenbosch University. The story was widely reported in the SA Jewish Report.

Mbembe and Nuttall, who works with him at Wiser, threatened to boycott the conference “as a non-violent strategy for ending the occupation”.

Rowan Polovin, the national chairperson of the South African Zionist Federation, said Mbembe’s claim that he did not support BDS actions was “simply not credible”.

“Over the past decade, Mbembe has been at the forefront of some of the most vicious BDS assaults on academic freedom globally. Mbembe’s claim that he is merely critical of Israeli government policies and not the existence of the Jewish state is disingenuous. He should dry his crocodile tears over academic freedom after consistently attempting to deny these freedoms to Israelis.”

Mbembe obtained his doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris, and has enjoyed a sterling academic career. He has held visiting professorships at several prestigious American colleges. In Germany, Mbembe has been honoured many times for his work, and has received numerous international academic awards. 

He told the SA Jewish Report that since his public statements on the issue, “I have left it to people of goodwill to judge for themselves.” 

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Madar Revital shared a link.

הקרבן האחרון של הלובי הציוני בגרמניה הוא אשיל ממבה, שביקורתו על מדיניות ישראל בשטחים הפכה אותו, איך לא, לאנטישמי.

מצורף תרגום מצרפתית לתגובתו של ז׳אן-פרנסואה בֵּייארט לפרשה, שמעבר להוקעת הרעיון שממבה אנטישמי, נוגעת גם בשורשיה של המדינה העכשווית, במשמעות שיש לרדיפות כאלה על המחשבה, ועל חוסר ההבנה שנעוץ בפרשה זו, כמו באחרות, ביחס למשמעותה של הפעילות ההשוואתית, כי ״ההשוואה, אם כן, בין משטר האפרטהייד ומשטר הכיבוש בטריטוריות הפלסטיניות היא קלאסיקה של הסוציולוגיה הפוליטית, בדומה לוויכוח ביחס לאופי הקולוניאלי, או לא, של הפרויקט הציוני. העלאת השאלה מותירה את התשובה פתוחה. ההשוואתיות היא שיתוף בשאלות, ולא בתשובות.״

https://www.haokets.org/2020/05/17/%D7%90%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9C-%D7%9E%D7%9E%D7%91%D7%94-%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%98%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%9E%D7%99-%D7%94%D7%A6%D7%97%D7%A7%D7%AA%D7%9D-%D7%90%D7%95%D7%AA%D7%99/?fbclid=IwAR29jh355bESzBtYcUArtEOhf2R9oOYGAGvlcy6pmjXBNZ-kg-rVexvZI-E  

אשיל ממבה אנטישמי? הצחקתם אותי 

בגרמניה, ההיסטוריון והפילוסוף הקמרוני, אשיל ממבה, מואשם באנטישמיות על שהעז להשוות את משטר האפרטהייד למשטר הישראלי בשטחים הכבושים. אבל יש לו כל לגיטימציה לחשוב פוליטית ופילוסופית על הכיבוש הישראלי וההשלכות המבעיתות שלו על ישראל עצמה

ז׳אן-פרנסואה בֵּייארט 17.05.20

מצרפתית: רוויטל מדר

בגרמניה, ההיסטוריון והפילוסוף הקמרוני, אשיל ממבה, מואשם באנטישמיות על ידי לורנץ דויטש, חבר פרלמנט מהמפלגה הליברלית-דמוקרטית, ופליקס קליין, נשיא הוועדה הממשלתית הפדרלית למאבק נגד האנטישמיות; זאת, מפני שהעז להעלות במסתו, הפוליטיקה של האויבוּת (Les Politiques de l’inimitié), את משטר האפרטהייד בסמיכות למשטר הישראלי בשטחים הכבושים. דויטש וקליין קוראים להחרמת אירועים ציבוריים בהשתתפותו של האינטלקטואל. מנגד, מספר קולות של ארגונים יהודיים וישראליים מחו על הקרימינליזציה של תנועת החרם הפלסטינית בידי הפרלמנט הגרמני, גינו את הטענות לדמיון בין ביקורת המדיניות הישראלית וביטויי אנטישמיות, והביעו את תמיכתם באשיל ממבה.

למרות האופי הגרוטסקי של ההאשמות נגד האחרון, אני מאמין שעלי לצאת נגדן – גם אם אסתכן בחזרה על הדברים – משום שצרפת לא חסינה בפני השעטנז הזה. אחרי הכל, כבר נמצא לפחות בית משפט צרפתי אחד שבלבל בין אנטי-ציונות ואנטישמיות, וישנם כבר עכשיו מספר פוליטיקאים בצרפת שתומכים במבצע המיזוג והרכישה (של השטחים הכבושים).

אני מכיר את אשיל ממבה (Achille Mbembe) מדצמבר 1980. עבדנו ביחד וכתבתנו ביחד. אני ערכתי אותו. אני העברתי ימים ולילות עמו בארה״ב, בדרום אפריקה… ובישראל. אם אשיל ממבה יחליט להגיש תביעת דיבה נגד האדונים דויטש וקליין, יהיה לי לכבוד להעיד בפני בית המשפט. האיש הזה זר לכל צורה של אנטישמיות, אלא אם כן רואים בעיסוק האינטלקטואלי שלו עם ולטר בנימין, אחד ממקורות ההשראה היותר אינטימיים שלו, ולא עם גרשום שולם, סימן לפשרה עם האנטישמיות השפלה.

ביחס לאופן שבו תופס אשיל ממבה את תנועת החרם הפלסטינית, אינטלקטואלים דרום-אפריקנים רבים חולקים אותה עמו – חלקם יהודים וחברים במפלגת הקונגרס הלאומי האפריקאי, שהיה להם תפקיד חשוב במאבק נגד האפרטהייד, כגון רוני קסרילס. תפיסה זו נובעת מבחירות פוליטיות אישיות ומחופש המצפון, שכל דמוקרטיה צריכה להבטיח.

ביחס למהות ההשוואה – תרגיל מנטלי שההיסטוריון פול ויין מזכיר לנו בהרצאת הפתיחה שלו בקולג׳ דה פרנס – היא ״כלי של אינדיבידואליזציה״ שלא נועד לבלבל בין סיטואציות היסטוריות, כי אם להבדיל ביניהן. ההשוואה, אם כן, בין משטר האפרטהייד ומשטר הכיבוש בטריטוריות הפלסטיניות היא קלאסיקה של הסוציולוגיה הפוליטית, בדומה לוויכוח ביחס לאופי הקולוניאלי, או לא, של הפרויקט הציוני. העלאת השאלה מותירה את התשובה פתוחה. ההשוואתיות היא שיתוף בשאלות, ולא בתשובות (אם נמשיך לצטט את פול ויין, כמו גם את המיקרו-היסטוריון, ג׳ובאני לוי). עבור חוקר מהדור שלי, שהתחנך מקריאת אינטלקטואלים יהודים שהיו ביקורתיים ביחס לציונות, כמו פייר וידאל נאקה, מקסים רודינסון או אטיין בליבר, הפולמוס שהציתו האדונים דויטש וקליין חושף רגרסיה מטרידה של המחשבה.

אני מזמין אותם לעיין מחדש ביומנו של ויקטור קלמפרר, שבכמה הזדמנויות, ומתוך היכרות טראגית עם העובדות, מעלה אל הכתב אמירות מסוג זה: ״עבורי, הציונים שמתיימרים לחדש את המדינה היהודית משנת 70 לספירה (החרבת ירושלים על ידי טיטוס) מחליאים לא פחות מהנאצים. עם הדחף שלהם לנבור בקשרי דם, ו׳השורשים התרבותיים העתיקים׳ שלהם, התשוקה החצי-צבועה שלהם, חצי-גבולית לשוב אל מקורות העולם, הם ממש דומים לנאצים.״¹ האם האדונים דויטש וקליין הולכים לדרוש את החרמתן של היצירות הללו מהספריות הגרמניות?

המנתח הגדול של ״השפה של הרייך השלישי״ הצביע, גם כן, על המקור המשותף להתהוות מדינת הלאום במהלך המאה ה-19 וה-20, על החיבור בין הזהותניות הפוליטית והקפיטליזם הגלובלי, שתפסו את מקומה של השליטה האימפריאלית. בווינה של סוף המאה, גאורג פון שונרר (1842-1921), מנהיג הלאומנים הקיצוניים הגרמניים ואנטישמי ארסי, קרל לואגר (1844-1910), ראש העיר הסוציאל-נוצרי שהיה לא פחות עוין ליהודים, ותיאודור הרצל (1860-1904) הציוני יצרו חזית נגד הליברלים שבשלטון לקידום הפונדמנטליזם הייחודי לכל אחד מהם: זה של השבטים הגרמאניים, של הסדר הקתולי הימי-ביניימי ושל ממלכת ישראל שקדמה לגולה. כיום, האנטישמי ויקטור אורבן והציוני בנימין נתניהו מחזרים אחד אחרי השני כדי לטפח אי-ליברליות אוהדת לעסקים, ולא פחות מכך לזהותניות קשיחה, נוצרית עבור האחד, יהודית עבור האחר. אלה השורשים הלופתים של מדינת הלאום העכשווית – בית גידול אידיאולוגי שגם הדמוקרטיות המערב-אירופאיות לא נמלטות ממנו בשום צורה עם עליית הימין הקיצוני הזהותני שלהן והסחף נגד ההגירה. וזה גם בית הגידול שבו נטלה חלק הלאומנות האפריקנרית הגזענית בדרום אפריקה.

בתור מי שחושב על אפריקה מתוך האוניברסליות שלה, כי היא אלמנטרית לאוניברסליות, שמורד באפרוצנטריזם, מתקומם באומץ נגד הרצון של סטודנטים קיצוניים שחורים לטהר אתנית את האוניברסיטה הדרום אפריקאית – לאשיל ממבה הפאנוני יש כל לגיטימציה לחשוב פוליטית ופילוסופית על הכיבוש הישראלי של הטריטוריות הפלסטיניות ועל ההשלכות המבעיתות של כיבוש זה על ישראל עצמה. רבים היהודים שחוששים מזה: הפיכתה של ישראל לאתנוקרטיה מייצרת סיטואציה שאינה בת-קיימא, כזו שמשטר האפרטהייד חווה בשנות ה-80. אין שום דבר אנטישמי בחשש הזה, או בגינוי הפרות החוק הבינלאומי על ידי ממשלת ישראל. באשר ליתר, שאשיל ממבה יזכור אמרה מאזור פראנש-קומטה שהיתה מקסימה את סבתו, בת הבאסא: הריר של הקרפדה לא מכתים את טוהרה של היונה.

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Revital Madar Curriculum Vitae January 2020
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Revital Madar Curriculum Vitae
The Program in Cultural Studies The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
madarevital@gmail.com +33783923641
Education
2015-present The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Ph.D. Candidate, The Program in Cultural Studies “Repudiated Violence and Sovereignty – The case of Israel”
Supervisor: Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
Committee: Prof. Louise Bethlehem, Prof. Gadi Algazi, Dr. Yael Berda
2015 Tel Aviv University, Israel M.A. in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude with Distinction, GPA: 94.5
Thesis: “The Conceptual Realm of Nietzsche’s Concept of Revenge in Ecce Homo and Human all too Human”, Supervisor: Prof. Adi Ophir,
Grade: 95, Summa Cum Laude
2006 Tel Aviv University, Israel B.A. in Philosophy and the Interdisciplinary Program of the Arts
Publications
Refereed Journal Articles
Madar, Revital. 2015. “Covered yet Overexposed: From a Female Religious Jewish Performance to Israel’s Status as a Western or non-Western Country,” International
Journal of Fashion Studies, 2(1) pp. 115-120.
Madar, Revital. 2015. “Stretching What Already Exists”: The Work of the Designer Sasson Kedem as a Different Encounter between Creation and Critique," Bezalel - Journal of
Visual and Material Culture (2) June [Hebrew].
Book Sections
Madar, Revital. Forthcoming. “Deathmurder: From the Language of Humanity to the Question of Who Can Be Murdered,” in Manuela Consonni & Vivian Liska (Eds.),
Sartre, Jews and the Other – Rethinking Anti-Semitism, Race & Gender. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg.
Madar, Revital. 2019. “’Do You Know What’s an Arab Bystander?’: The Kafr Qasim Trial as a Case Study for a Sovereign Failure,” in Amal Jamal (Ed.), The Conflict –
Sociological, Historical and Geographical Aspects. Walter Lebach Institute for Jewish-Arab Coexistence through Education, Tel Aviv University, pp. 25-48 [Hebrew].
Work in Progress
Sovereignty from Below: The Performance of Israel’s Rule of Law and the Legal Place of the Palestinian Exceptional Violence and Ordinary Racialization: The Construction of Sovereign Difference in Israel’s Military Courts
Selected Non-Academic Publications
English
2017 Madar, Revital. “The Art of the Struggle,” Tohu Magazine, June 25.
2017 Madar, Revital. Israel’s Mizrahi Moment, Jewish Quarterly, 64(1), p. 10.
2016 Madar, Revital. Why Ask MKs about God, of all Things?, Haaretz, October 20.
2016 Madar, Revital. The Only Democratic Party in Israel, Haaretz, February 9.
2015 Madar, Revital. When Dikla Sang Eurythmics in an Arab Accent,” Haaretz, November 14.
Hebrew
2019 Madar, Revital. Critique – Revital Madar on ‘Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara, Hamussach - Literary Supplement, January 24.
2018 Madar, Revital. The Politics of the Mizrahi Closet, Haokets, February 24.
2015 Madar, Revital. A Mizrahi, Ashkenazi and a Palestinian Wear a Galabyia: Who has the Cultural Right to Wear it?, Haaretz, June 5.
2015 Madar, Revital. The Poet Yonit Naaman Demands an Equal Representation for each of her Representations, Haaretz, January 15.
Grants and Fellowships
2019-2020 Junior Visiting Ph.D. Fellow International Law Department, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva.
Supervisor: Prof. Andrea Bianchi
2018-2020 Trajectories of Change – Bucerius Ph.D. Fellow ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (39,600€, 33 months)
2018 The Authority for Research Students, Support for International Conferences Grant, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2200$)
2017 The Walter Lebach Institute for Jewish-Arab Coexistence through Education, the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tel Aviv,
Ph.D. Grant (2500€)
2017 European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) Center for Comparative Conflict Studies, Faculty of Media and Communication, Singidunum University, Belgrade, Summer School
Grant (400€)
2017 Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI), Ph.D. Research Scholarship Philosophy Department, Université de Liège Supervisor: Prof. Édouard Delruelle (8500€, 9 months)
2017 The Faculty for Social Sciences Grant for Conference Participation, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (400€)
2015-2016 EMAIL III - Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Research Scholarship Political Theory Department, Sciences-Po Paris (7,200€, 6 months)
2016 Prof. Louise Bethlehem, The Program in Cultural Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Doctoral Research Grant (1000€)
2016 The Program in Cultural Studies, Research and Conference Participation Grant, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1900€)
2015, 2013 Minerva Humanities Center, Conference Participation Grant, Tel Aviv University (2000$)
2014 EDEN - Erasmus Mundus Master’s Research Scholarship Political Theory Department, Sciences-Po, Paris (5000€, 6 months)
2012 Prof. Adi Ophir, The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University Master’s Research Grant (2000€)
2010 Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI), M.A. Research Scholarship Rhetoric Department, Université Libre de Bruxelles Supervisor: Prof. Emmanuelle Danblon (4800€)
2010 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), German Language Studies, Did – Deutsch-Institut, Berlin (2000€)
Invited Talks
2019 The White West 2, “Israël et la Suprématie Blanche - une Nouvelle Aube pour une Relation Séculaire? ” La Colonie, Paris, June 16.
2018 Creator and Moderator, “The Challenge of Grounded Theory,” 2-day Ph.D. Workshop at “Think = Do = Discover – The Multiverse of Research,” Ph.D. Program “Transformations in European Societies,” Institute for European Ethnology and Cultural Analysis, LMU Munich, October 24-25.
2017 Semaine Anticolonial, « Peut-on rendre compte de la lutte Mizrahi en Israël sans Sacrifier Celle des Palestiniens - Aujourd'hui Comme Hier ? », Salon Anticolonial, Paris, March 4.
2016 Philosophy is not written with a ‘Z’ – on the Bodies of Thought, “The Anorexic Sovereign,” Tel-Aviv Night of Philosophy, May 26.
2016 “Black and Mizrahi Feminism” in the Seminar: Women in the Community and Social Change: Critical Practice, School of Social Work, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, April 6.
2014 “When the Political Enters the Studio: on the Political-Creative Consultant,” Research Methods for Creative Direction for Fashion Seminar, London College of Fashion, May 14.
Conference Participation
Conferences and Workshops Organized
2018 Living with Contested Borders – The Case of Palestine-Israel, Beyond Borders - ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Alumni Conference, Berlin, May 25.
2013 The Underrepresentation of Women from Minority Groups in the Israeli Academy, Minerva Humanities Center - University of Tel Aviv, December 22.
Panel Organized
2020 Law & Society Annual Meeting, “In Search of the ‘Political’: Law’s (Il)legibility Between Violence and Care,” Denver, May 29.
Papers Presented
2020 Law & Society Annual Meeting, “Constructing and Preserving Settler-Colonial Temporality Through Law and Violence,” Denver, May 29.
2019 Sixth Annual ACGS Conference – Racial Borders, Racist Borders, “Exceptional Violence and Ordinary Racialization in Hebron’s 2016 Shooting Incident,” University of Amsterdam, October 17.
2019 Beyond Borders, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Alumni Conference, “Repudiated Violence on the Borders,” Berlin, May 25.
2019 Trajectories of Change Annual Fellows Conference, Zeit-Stiftung, “The Case for Repudiated Violence – Preliminary Thoughts,” Berlin, May 11.
2018 Replacement and Replaceability in Contemporary Culture – VIII Graduate Conference in Culture Studies, “Revenge Beyond the Logic of Replacement – Rethinking Political Action,” Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, December 6.
2018 Trajectories of Change Annual Fellows Conference, Zeit-Stiftung, “’Do you know What’s an Arab Bystander?’: The Kafr Qasim Trial as
Case Study for a Sovereign Failure,” Berlin, May 24.
2017 Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, “Debt and Identity Politics in the Hebron Shooting Incident,” Georgetown University, Washington D.C., May 25.
2016 Sartre’s Réflexions sur la Question Juive – 70 Years After: Antisemitism, Race, and Gender, “A Moment of Inconsistency: Letting the Black Body into the Sphere of Western Humanity,” the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 18.
2015 3rd European Geographies of Sexualities Conference - Crossing Boundaries: Sexualities, Media and (Urban) Spaces, The Effects of Acts of Shaming on ‘Safe Spaces,’” Sapienza - Università di Roma, September 16.
2015 15th Other Sex Annual Conference, “When Comparing Identities and Oppressions...” Tel Aviv University, June 14.
2013 The 2nd Non-Western Fashion Conference, “Creating Identity Outside of the Exposed Body,” London University of the Arts, November 20.
10th Lexical Conference of Political Thought, “Revenge,” Minerva Humanities Center - Tel Aviv University, June 19.
2012 8th Lexical Conference of Political Thought, “Failure,” Minerva Humanities Center - Tel Aviv University, June 27.
Teaching Experience
Lecturer
Spring 2019, Seminar, “Sovereign Power & Violence – from Territory to Autumn 2017 Population and Sexuality, General Program, Second Year, Sciences-Po, Paris.
Autumn 2017 Seminar, “Gender & Imperialism in the 19th and 20th Century,” Europe- North America Program, Sciences-Po, Reims.
Section Instructor
Spring 2018, Discussion Session, “The History of Empires in the 20th Century,”
Spring 2017 Europe-North America Program, Second Year, Sciences-Po, Reims.
August 2019, Orientation Week, Methodology Sessions: Introduction, research
August 2018 question, critical reading, bibliography, presentation skills, First year, Sciences-Po, Reims.
Teaching Assistant
Spring 2013 Elective Course, “Critique of Religion: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud,” The Interdisciplinary College, Herzliya.
Professional / Research Experience
Research Assistantships
2019-Present Assistant to Prof. Nadim Rouhana, research on the concept of the ger (gentile), nationality and homeland in Israel/Palestine, International Affairs and Conflict Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Massachusetts.
2014-2016 Assistant to Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, research on childhood in Palestine and human rights, including archive research, School for Social Work, Criminology Institute, and Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2014 Assistant to Prof. Yifat Biton, research on fear of crime, School of Law, The College of Management Academic Studies, Tel Aviv.
2014 Assistant to Dr. Meital Balmas, research on the interpretation of international law and language, Communication and Journalism department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Affiliations and Research Groups
2017 Fellow member of the research group “Matérialités de la Politique,” directed by Prof. Édouard Delruelle, Philosophy Department, Université de Liège.
2012-2016 Fellow member of the “Political Lexicon” research group for graduate students, directed by Prof. Adi Ophir, Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University.
2013-2014 Fellow member of the “Living Together” research group for graduate students, directed by Dr. Raif Zreik. Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University.
2013 Director of “Sexism and Racism,” research group for graduate students, Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University.
Professional Development
2018 Summer workshop on “Theory from the South: Interrogating the Global Dis/Order,” with Prof. Jean and John Comaroff. School for Social Research’s Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, The New School, New York June 11-16.
2017 International Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies on “Religion and Conflict: The Balkans’ Explorations vs. Explorations of the Balkans,” with Dr. Dino Abazović, Center for Comparative Conflict Studies at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidunum University, Belgrade, June 25-July 1. Service to the Department, Field, and Community
2016-2017 Member of the governing council, “Academia for Equality” - organization promoting social change within and from academia, Israel.
2014-2016 Initiator, organizer, moderator and consultant, “The Academic Professionalization Training for First Generation Graduate Students,” Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University (since 2016 I have acted as supervisor and consultant).
2013-2015 Publicist and author of weekly column “Black Flag,” Haaretz cultural supplement.
2013-2015 Coordinator and moderator, “Feminist Mizrahi Madrasse” - annual community course on Mizrahi (oriental) Jewish feminism in South Tel Aviv and in Sapir College organized by “Achoti Movement for Women in Israel.”
2012-2013 New media manager, “The Gun on the Table Campaign” – a feminist grassroots initiative for amelioration of gun supervision in Israel.
2007-2012 English and French translator, Physicians for Human Rights’ Open Clinic, Israel.
Languages   Hebrew: Native    English: Fluent   French: Fluent   German: Intermediate

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https://wiser.wits.ac.za/content/statement-sarah-nuttall-and-achille-mbembe-%E2%80%9Crecognition-reparation-reconciliation%E2%80%9D  

Statement from Sarah Nuttall and Achille Mbembe on “Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation” Conference (Stellenbosch University)

Submitted 1 year 5 months ago by Sarah Nuttall.

Statement from Sarah Nuttall and Achille Mbembe on “Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation” Conference (Stellenbosch University)

 

We, like a large number of South African and international scholars, firmly oppose Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and support the boycott as a non-violent strategy for ending the occupation.

We have sympathy for those Israeli academics whose own work as well as political positions are critical of the Israeli occupation and who as such, are in dispute with their respective institutions or, in some cases, ostracised.

We let the organisers know this morning that we would have no option but to withdraw from the conference if a satisfactory agreement was not found between the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the Organising Committee. A short while ago, we were informed by the organisers that the Israeli speakers who were on the programme have rescinded their participation at the conference and for this reason, we are open to participating in the conference.

 

Sarah Nuttall and Achille Mbembe

November 27, 2018



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Foreword
On Palestine 
Achille Mbembe 
There is no need to say much more. We have heard it all by now and from all parties. We all know what is going on—it can’t be “occupied territory” if the land is your own. As a result, everyone else is either an enemy, a “self-hater,” or both. If we have to mask annexation, so be it. In any case, there is no need to take responsibility for the suffering inflicted on the other party because we have convinced ourselves that the other party does not exist. Thus thuggishness, jingoism, racist rhetoric, and sectarianism. Thus every two or three years, an all-out, asymmetrical assault against a population entrapped in an open-air prison. We each know why they do what they do—the army, the police, the settlers, the pilots of bombing raids, the zealots, and the cohort of international Pharisees and their mandatory righteousness, starting with the United States of America. We all know what is going on: by any means necessary, they must be purged from the land. I am willing to bet on the following: In Palestine, it would be hard to find one single person who has not lost someone—a member of the family, a friend, a close relative, a neighbor. It would be hard to find one single person who is unaware of what “collateral damage” is all about. It is worse than the South African Bantustans.

To be sure, it is not apartheid, South African style. It is far more lethal. It looks like hightech Jim Crow-cum-apartheid. The refusal of citizenship to those who are not like us. Encirclement. Never enough land taken. It is all a gigantic mess. Rage, resentment, and despair. The melding of strength, victimhood, and a supremacist complex. No wonder even the Europeans are now threatening Israel with sanctions. Israel is entitled to live in peace. But Israel will be safeguarded only by peace in a confederal arrangement that recognizes reciprocal residency, if not citizenship. The occupation of Palestine is the biggest moral scandal of our times, one of the most dehumanizing ordeals of the century we have just entered, and the biggest act of cowardice of the last half-century. And since all they are willing to offer is a fight to the finish, since what they are willing to do is to go all the way—carnage, destruction, incremental extermination—the time has come for global isolation.  


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https://www.vocfm.co.za/sa-academics-pledge-support-for-israeli-academic-boycott/  

SA academics pledge support for Israeli academic boycott

DECEMBER 16, 2015 • NEWS, VOC NEWS 

Some 204 South African academics have signed a declaration committing themselves to supporting the rights of the Palestinian people. Expressing concern with “Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land” and “the intolerable human rights violations that it inflicts on all sections of the Palestinian people”, the academics pledge not to accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions; not to act as referees for Israeli institutions; and not to participate in conferences organised or funded by Israeli institutions.

The South African group includes professors from universities across the country, as well as academics from research institutes and think tanks. Their declaration follows a similar commitment by 600 academics in the UK which was issued in October. The South Africans have endorsed that commitment.

The text of the South African declaration and the list of 204 South African academics is below:

A Commitment by South African Scholars to the Rights of Palestinians

We South African scholars, noting the initiative by more than 600 of our academic colleagues in the United Kingdom in solidarity with Palestinians under occupation similarly endorse the commitment on the rights of Palestinians as published in the Guardian newspaper on the 27th October 2015. We also note that on the 4th November more than 120 academics based in Ireland also endorsed this commitment. Details of the commitment can be found at http://www.commitment4p.com

As scholars associated with South African universities, we are also deeply disturbed by Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, the intolerable human rights violations that it inflicts on all sections of the Palestinian people, and its apparent determination to resist any feasible settlement.

Responding to the appeal from Palestinian civil society, we therefore also declare that we will not:

accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions;

act as referees in any of their processes;

participate in conferences funded, organised or sponsored by them, or otherwise cooperate with them.

We will, however, continue to work with our Israeli colleagues in their individual capacities and consistent with a shared commitment of our Israeli colleagues to the position we have outlined in this statement.

We will maintain this position until the State of Israel complies with international law, and respects universal principles of human rights.

All signatures are in personal capacities.

The signatories are:

Prof Steven Friedman (Rhodes University/University of Johannesburg) Prof Farid Esack (University of Johannesburg) Prof Peter Vale (University of Johannesburg) Prof Peter Alexander (University of Johannesburg) Dr Shahed Nalla (University of Johannesburg) Prof Salim Vally (University of Johannesburg) Prof Linda Chisholm (University of Johannesburg) Prof Leila Kajee (University of Johannesburg) Dr Sikhumbuzo Mngadi (University of Johannesburg) Dr Dirk Postma (University of Johannesburg) Dr Graham Dampier (University of Johannesburg) Dr Mondli Hlatshwayo (University of Johannesburg) Dr Ismail Akhalwaya (University of Johannesburg) Prof Jane Duncan (University of Johannesburg) Brenden Gray (University of Johannesburg) Dr Shahid Mathee (University of Johannesburg) Dr Ayesha Omar (University of Johannesburg) Dr. Jane Starfield (University of Johannesburg) Prof Samantha Ashman (University of Johannesburg) Prof Michael Cross (University of Johannesburg) Prof Pier Paolo Frassinelli (University of Johannesburg) Mocke J van Veuren (University of Johannesburg) Mohamed Belaid (University of Johannesburg) Prof Simon Roberts (University of Johannesburg) Dr Carina van Rooyen (University of Johannesburg) Judith Fessehaie (University of Johannesburg) Prof David Moore (University of Johannesburg) Robyn Cook, Lecturer (University of Johannesburg) Vanessa-Jean Merckel (University of Johannesburg) Farieda Nazier (University of Johannesburg) Prof Amira Osman (University of Johannesburg) Tariq Toffa (University of Johannesburg) Rubina Setlhare-Meltor (University of Johannesburg) Razia Mayet (University of Johannesburg) Jessie Turton (University of Johannesburg) Prof Robert Van Niekerk (Rhodes University) Prof Larry Strelitz (Rhodes University) Shepi Mati (Rhodes University) Paul Wessels (Rhodes University) Dr Vashna Jagarnath (Rhodes University) Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Rhodes University) Prof Kirk Helliker (Rhodes University) Prof Richard Pithouse (Rhodes University) David Fryer (Rhodes University) Dr John Reynolds (Rhodes University) Robert Berold (Rhodes University) Nick Hamer (Rhodes University) Prof Alex Sutherland (Rhodes University) Prof Monty Roodt (Rhodes University) Prof Ruth Simbao (Rhodes University) Dr Nicole Ulrich (Rhodes University) Prof Mala Singh (Rhodes University) Dr Tony Fluxman (Rhodes University) Prof Juanita Praeg (Rhodes University) George Barrett (Rhodes University) Nejm Benessaiah (Rhodes University) Prof Lynette Steenveld (Rhodes University) Dr Irene Calis (Rhodes University) Prof Paul Maylam (Rhodes University) Prof Lucien van der Walt (Rhodes University) Paddy Donnelly (Rhodes University) Prof Michael Neocosmos (Rhodes University) Professor Esther Ramani (Rhodes University) Professor Michael Joseph (Rhodes University) Prof Raymond Suttner (Rhodes University) Prof Catriona Macleod (Rhodes University) Camalita Naicker (Rhodes University) Nimi Hoffmann (Rhodes University) Ulandi Du Plessis (Rhodes University) Nicola Jearey Graham (Rhodes University) Robert Maseko (Rhodes University) Nyx McLean (Rhodes University) Prof Greg Ruiters (University of the Western Cape) Rashid Ahmed (University of the Western Cape) Umesh Bawa (University of the Western Cape) Prof David Sanders (Emeritus) (University of the Western Cape) Prof Catherine Kell (University of the Western Cape) Mahmoud Patel (University of the Western Cape) Prof Andries Du Toit (University of the Western Cape) Dr Gavin Reagon (University of the Western Cape) Dr Heidi Grunebaum (University of the Western Cape) Prof Julian May (University of the Western Cape) Dr Leon Pretorius (University of the Western Cape) Prof Suren Pillay (University of the Western Cape) Prof Shirley Walters, Emeritus (University of the Western Cape) Nadira Omarjee (University of the Western Cape) Prof Yusuf Sayed (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Prof Azeem Badroodien (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Professor Eugene Cairncross (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Dr Zahraa McDonald (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Dr Kelly Gillespie (University of the Witwatersrand) Prof Daryl Glaser (University of the Witwatersrand) Prof Garth Stevens (University of the Witwatersrand) Siphelo Ngcwangu (University of the Witwatersrand) Prof Volker Wedekind (University of the Witwatersrand) Prof Noor Nieftagodien (University of the Witwatersrand) Prof Dilip M. Menon (University of the Witwatersrand) Dr. Kaveh Yazdani (University of the Witwatersrand) Prof Stephanie Allais (University of the Witwatersrand) Dr Melanie Samson (University of the Witwatersrand) Prof Vishnu Padayachee (University of Witwatersand) Prof Imraan Valodia (University of the Witwatersrand) Prof Shireen Hassim (University of Witwatersrand) Dr Arianna Lissoni (University of the Witwatersrand) Gilad Isaacs (University of the Witwatersrand) Prof Achille Mbembe (University of the Witwatersrand) Kate Joseph (University of the Witwatersrand). Prof Mohamed Seedat (University of South Africa) Samed Bulbulia (University of South Africa) Ghouwa Ismail (University of South Africa) Naiema Taliep (University of South Africa) Prof Jimi Adesina (University of South Africa) Dr Sindile Ngubane-Mokiwa (University of South Africa) Shahnaaz Suffla (South African Medical Research Council) Dr Karen Daniels (South African Medical Research Council) Prof Janet Cherry (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Ivor Baatjes (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Nadeema Musthan (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Sonya Leurquain-Steyn (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Allan Zinn (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Irna Senekal (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Dr Jayanathan Govender (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Prof Denise Zinn (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Prof Sylvan Blignaut (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Dr Lesley Powell (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Lameze Abrahams (University of Cape Town) Dr Salma Ismail (University of Cape Town) Prof Jeff Jawitz (University of Cape Town) Prof Andrew Nash (University of Cape Town) Judy Favish (University of Cape Town) Prof Shamil Jeppie (University of Cape Town) Prof Linda Cooper (University of Cape Town) Professor Anwar Suleman Mall (University of Cape Town) Dr Ruchi Chaturvedi (University of Cape Town) Dr Andrea Brigaglia (University of Cape Town) Prof Leslie London (University of Cape Town) Prof Harry Garuba (University of Cape Town) Prof Sa’diyya Shaikh (University of Cape Town) Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza (University of Cape Town) Prof John Du Gruchy (University of Cape Town) Prof Pam Christie (University of Cape Town) Dr Jonathan Grossman (University of Cape Town) Professor Adam Haupt (University of Cape Town) Prof Herman Wasserman (University of Cape Town) Dr Sharon Groenmeyer (University of Cape Town) Dr. Muhammed S. Moosa (University of Cape Town) Dr Lauren Paremoer (University of Cape Town) Jaamia Galant (University of Cape Town) Dr Alexandra Muller (University of Cape Town) Talia Meer (University of Cape Town) Enver Motala (University of Fort Hare) Brian Ramadiro (University of Fort Hare) Prof Aminur Rahim (University of Fort Hare) Dr Christopher Allsobrook (University of Fort Hare) Dr Kenneth Nhundu (University of Fort Hare) Dr Ogochukwu Iruoma Nzewi (University of Fort Hare) Dr. Kimberley Porteus, University of Fort Hare Dr Petrus DF Strijdom (University of Fort Hare) Derick Nomuh Forbanka (University of Fort Hare) Nasila Selasini Rembe (University of Fort Hare) Dr Niall Vine (University of Fort Hare) Dr Rianna Oelofsen (University of Fort Hare) Dr Clint Le Bruyns (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Prof Rozena Maart (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Prof Patrick Bond (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Johan Pieters (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Dr. Lubna Nadvi (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Prof Gerald West (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Dr Melissa Hansen (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Dr Anne Harley (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Professor Goolam Vahed (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Prof Cheryl Potgieter (University of KwaZulu-Natal) Dr. Fatima Seedat (University of KwaZulu Natal) Tahir Fuzile Sitoto (University of KwaZulu Natal) Prof Rasigan Maharajh (Tshwane University of Technology/Stellenbosch University) Prof John Trimble (Tshwane University of Technology) Na’eem Jeenah (Afro-Middle East Centre, Johannesburg) Professor Aslam Fataar (University of Stellenbosch) Faaiz Gierdien (University of Stellenbosch) Professor Ashraf Kagee (University of Stellenbosch) Prof Doria Daniels (Stellenbosch University) Prof Ronelle Carolissen (Stellenbosch University) Gavin Van Niekerk (Stellenbosch University) Shariefa Daniels (Stellenbosch University) Marthie Momberg (Stellenbosch University) Prof Anthony Naidoo (Stellenbosch University) Prof Usuf Chikte (Stellenbosch University) Prof. Laurie Nathan (University of Pretoria) Quraysha Ismail Sooliman (University of Pretoria) Dr M F Suliman (University of Pretoria) Prof Sean Jacobs (South African scholar abroad, New School for Social Research, United States) Shafinaaz Hassim (independent scholar) Prof Rashid Bhikha (Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb) Prof Andre Keet (University of Free State) Ayesha Mall (Durban University of Technology) Dr Fanie Du Toit (Institute for Justice and Reconciliation) Tiema Haji Muindi (Damelin City Campus) Professor Dhiru V Soni (Regent Business School) Prof Michael Noble (Rhodes UniversitySouthern African Social Policy Research Institute NPC) Dr Wanga Zembe-Mkabile (SA Medical Research Council Southern African Social Policy Research Institute NPC) Dr Gemma Wright (Rhodes University/University of South Africa/Southern African Social Policy Research Institute NPC) Simmi Dullay (independent scholar) Eddie Cottle (Senior Researcher, Labour Research Service) Dr. A. Rashied Omar (South African Scholar Abroad – University of Notre Dame, USA)  

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http://www.pacbi.org/pics/file/UJpetition%206.pdf 
September 2010

SOUTH AFRICAN ACADEMICS CALL FOR UJ TO TERMINATE RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAELI INSTITUTION  

As members of the academic community of South Africa, a country with a history of brute racism on the one hand and both academic acquiescence and resistance to it on the other, we write to you with deep concern regarding the relationship between the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The relationship agreement, presented as ‘merely the continuation’ of a ‘purely scientific co-operation’ is currently being reviewed owing to concerns raised by UJ students, academics and staff.
As academics we acknowledge that all of our scholarly work takes place within larger social contexts – particularly in institutions committed to social transformation. South African institutions are under an obligation to revisit relationships forged during the apartheid era with other institutions that turned a blind eye to racial oppression in the name of ‘purely scholarly’ or ‘scientific work’.
The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories has had disastrous effects on access to education for Palestinians. While Palestinians are not able to access universities and schools, Israeli universities produce the research, technology, arguments and leaders for maintaining the occupation. BGU is no exception, by maintaining links to both the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and the arms industry BGU structurally supports and facilitates the Israeli occupation. An example of BGU’s complicity is its agreement with the IDF to provide full university qualification to army pilots within a special BGU programme. Furthermore, BGU is also complicit in the general discrimination at Israeli universities against Palestinians and Palestinian citizens of Israel.
It is clear to us that any connection with an institution so heavily vested in the Israeli occupation would amount to collaboration with an occupation that denigrates the values and principles that form the basis of any vibrant democracy. These are not only the values that underpin our post-apartheid South Africa, but are also values that we believe UJ has come to respect and uphold in the democratic era.
We thus support the decision taken by UJ to reconsider the agreement between itself and BGU. Furthermore, we call for the relationship to be suspended until such a time that, at minimum, the state of Israel adheres to international law and BGU, (as did some South African universities during the struggle against South African apartheid) openly declares itself against the occupation and withdraws all privileges for the soldiers who enforce it.
www.ujpetition.com
This petition was first disseminated on the 05th of September, within two days it was signed by over 100 South African academics from more than 12 SA universities. To date it has more than 200 signatories from 22 academic institutions.
Supported by: Professors Kader Asmal, Allan Boesak, Breyten Breytenbach, John Dugard, Antjie Krog, Mahmood Mamdani, Barney Pityana and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

- Prof Neville Alexander (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Peter Alexander (University of Johannesburg) - Dr Stephanie Allais (University of Edinburgh) - Dr Shireen Ally (University of the Witwatersrand) - Waheeda Amien (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Kader Asmal (University of the Western Cape) - Ivor Baatjes (University of Johannesburg) - Dr Nasima Badsha (Cape Higher Educ ation Consortium) - Shahana Bassadien (University of Johannesburg) - Umesh Bawa (University of the Western Cape) - Dr Rashid Begg (Stellenbosch University) - Prof Jane Bennet (University of the Cape Town) - Dr Shamim Bodhanya (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Prof Allan Boesak (Stellenbosch University) - Prof Patrick Bond (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Prof Nico Botha (Stellenbosch University) - Prof Breyten Breytenbach (New York University) - Dr Andrea Brigaglia (University of the Cape Town) -Prof Heather Brookes (University of Johannesburg) - Dr Mariza Brooks (University of the Free State) - Imraan Buccus (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Prof Ronelle Carolissen (Stellenbosch University) - Claire Ceruti (University of Johannesburg) - Dr Janet Cherry (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) - Denzil Chetty (University of South Africa) - Nicola Cloete (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Jim Cochrane (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Jacklyn Cock (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Ampie Coetzee (University of the Western Cape) - Dr Linda Cooper (University of the Cape Town) - Stanford Cronje (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) - Prof Yousuf Dadoo (University of South Africa) - Prof Suleman Dangor (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Dr Marcelle Dawson (University of Johannesburg) - Prof John Dugard (Leiden University) - Vusumzi Duma (University of Fort Hare) - Prof Jane Duncan (Rhodes University) - Nazeem Edwards (Stellenbosch University) - Prof Piet Erasmus (University of the Free State) - Dr Zimitri Erasmus (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Farid Esack (University of Johannesburg) - Dr Ahmed Essa (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Prof Faadiel Essop (Stellenbosch University) - Prof Aslam Fataar (Stellenbosch University) - Judy Favish (University of the Cape Town) - Dr Washiela Fish (University of the Western Cape) - Dr Tony Fluxman (Rhodes University) - Dr Kally Forrest (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Steven Friedman (University of Johannesburg) - Dr Faaiz Gierdien (Stellenbosch University) - Dr Kelly Gillespie (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Clive Glaser (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Daryl Glaser (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Sulaiman Gool (University of the Western Cape) - Prof Keith Gottschalk (University of the Western Cape) - Prof Pumla Gqola (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Ran Greenstein (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Janis Grobbelaar (University of Pretoria) - Dr Jonathan Grossman (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Cornie Grownewald (Stellenbosch University) - Dr Heidi Grunebaum (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Mohamed Haffajee (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Prof Muhammed Haron (University of Botswana) - Dr Monica Hendricks (Rhodes University) - Prof Fred Hendricks (Rhodes University) - Zubeida Jaffer (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Jeff Jawitz (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Mohamed Jeebhay (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Jennifer Jelsma (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Shamil Jeppe (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Iqbal Jhazbhay (University of South Africa) - Nadeema Jogee (University of the Cape Town) - Cyril Julie (University of the Western Cape) - Zuhayr Kafaar (Stellenbosch University) - Prof Ashraf Kagee (Stellenbosch University) - Dr Feroza Kaldine (University of Johannesburg) - Prof Andre Keet (University of Pretoria) - Prof Bridget Kenny (University of the Witwatersrand) - Fazel Khan (Durban University of Technology) - Dr Saadika Khan (University of the Western Cape) - Prof Sultan Khan (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Prof Gilton Klerck (Rhodes University) - Prof Elize Koch (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) - Mariana Kriel (University of the Free State) - Prof Johannes Kritzinger (University of South Africa) - Prof Antjie Krog (University of the Western Cape) - Dr Simangaliso Kumalo (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Prof Premesh Lalu (University of the Western Cape) - Dr Lis Lange [Dir] (Council for Higher Educ ation) - Dr Clint Le Bruyns (Stellenbosch University) - Prof Lesley Le Grange (Stellenbosch University) - Annie Leatt (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Martin Legassick (University of the Western Cape) - Dr Llewellyn Leonard (University of Johannesburg) - Kezia Lewins (University of the Witwatersrand) - Suzana Molins Lliteras (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Gerrie Lubbe (University of South Africa) - Lwazi Lushaba (University of Fort Hare) - Rev Solomuzi Mabuza (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Dr Nawaz Mahomed (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) - Tasneem Majam (University of Johannesburg) - Prof Anwar Mall (University of the Cape Town) - Ayesha Mall (Durban University of Technology) - Sue Marais (Rhodes University) - Maud Marcinkowski (University of the Free State) - Mohamed Shaid Mathee (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Achille Mbembe (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Ebrahim Moosa (Duk e University) - Prof Najma Moosa (University of the Western Cape) - Prof Nicky Morgan (DVC) (Central University of Technology) - Aidan Mosselson (University of the Witwatersrand) - Enver Motala (University of Johannesburg) - Makhwênkwe Mvalo (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) - Dr Munene Mwaniki (University of the Free State) - Dr Lubna Nadvi (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Prof Rajen Naidoo (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Prof Andrew Nash (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Cobus Naude (Rtd.) (University of Johannesburg) - Dr Nadia Navsa (University of Pretoria) - Trevor Ngwane (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Dr Pamela Nichols (University of the Witwatersrand) - Dr Noor Nieftagodien (University of the Witwatersrand) - Dr Dhiraj Kumar Nite (University of Johannesburg) - Lulamile Ntonzima (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) - Dr Monde Ntwasa (University of the Witwatersrand) - Dr Rashied Omar (University of Notre Dame) - Prof Ruksana Osman (University of the Witwatersrand) - Dr Sven Ouzman (University of Pretoria) - Abdool Peer (University of Johannesburg) - Dr Fathima Peerbhay (University of the Western Cape) - Prof Gonda Perez (University of the Cape Town) - Gadija Petker (University of Johannesburg) - Prof Innocent Pikirayi (University of Pretoria) - Prof Kriben Pillay (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Dr Suren Pillay (Human Sciences Research Council) - Richard Pithouse (Rhodes University) - Prof Barney Pityana (VC) (University of South Africa) - Dr Leonard Praeg (Rhodes University) - Prof Aminur Rahim (University of Fort Hare) - Brian Ramadiro (University of Fort Hare) - Dr Thiven Reddy (University of the Cape Town) - Megan Riley (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Christian Rogerson (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Monty Roodt (Rhodes University) - Dr Shamiel Salie (University of the Cape Town) - Dr Vishwas Satgar (University of the Witwatersrand) - Dr Ursula Scheidegger (University of the Witwatersrand) - Cassim Seedat (Durban University of Technology) - Fatima Seedat (McGill University) - Dr Fredrico Settler (University of the Cape Town) - Dr Sa’diyya Shaikh (University of the Cape Town) - Prof Mala Singh (Open University) - Dr Luke Sinwell (University of Johannesburg) - Dr Tahir Fuzile Sitoto (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Donato Somma (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Roger Southhall (University of the Witwatersrand) - Dr Jane Starfield (University of Johannesburg) - Prof Raymond Suttner (University of South Africa) - Prof Leslie Swartz (Stellenbosch University) - Dr Pedro Tabensky (Rhodes University) - Prof Abdulkadar Tayob (University of the Cape Town) - Yasmeen Thandar (Durban University of Technology) - Prof Beverly Thaver (University of the Western Cape) - Prof Fiona Tregenna (University of Johannesburg) - Prof Rehana Vally (University of Pretoria) - Salim Vally (University of Johannesburg) - JC van der Merwe (University of the Free State) - Maria van Driel (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Robert van Niekerk (Rhodes University) - Carina van Rooyen (University of Johannesburg) - Prof Shahid Vawda (University of the Witwatersrand) - Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd (Stellenbosch University) - Prof Shabbir Wadee (Stellenbosch University) - Prof Everard Weber (University of Johannesburg) - Prof Gerald West (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Dr Hylton White (University of the Witwatersrand) - Prof Hein Willemse (University of Pretoria) - Dr Clarence Williams (University of the Western Cape) - Dr Michelle Williams (University of the Witwatersrand) - Ben Winks (University of Johannesburg) - Prof Leslie Witz (University of the Western Cape) - Prof Tahir Wood (University of the Western Cape) - Prof Eric Worby (University of the Witwatersrand) - Dr Leo Zeilig (University of the Witwatersrand) - Rev Sthembiso Zwane (University of KwaZulu-Natal) 
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