The Fight Against the Israel Boycott

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Scholars for Peace in the Middle East are encouraging academics to sign this petition:

http://www.spme.net/cgi-bin/display_petitions.cgi?ID=9

To: Academics and Professionals Standing In Solidarity With Our Israeli Academic Colleagues Against All Boycott Proposals and Actions

Please Join Us By Signing and Circulating
The Following
Solidarity Statement With Our Israeli Academic and Professional Colleagues

We are academics, scholars, researchers and professionals of differing religious and political perspectives. We all agree that singling out Israelis for an academic boycott is wrong. To show our solidarity with our Israeli academics in this matter, we, the undersigned, hereby declare ourselves to be Israeli academics for purposes of any academic boycott. We will regard ourselves as Israeli academics and decline to participate in any activity from which Israeli academics are excluded.

[Update: 5/19/07]

More Information on the boycott from Engage:
A list of major academic institutions, other organisations and important group statements and letters opposing the UCU boycott.

It will be updated regularly – please use the comment box below to notify us of any statements we’ve missed (and not for general discussion…).

Academic institutions and university leaders that have declared themselves against the UCU boycott so far include the Russell Group, LSE, University of British Columbia, McGill University, NYU, UC Berkeley, Columbia, UC Irvine.

Educational unions, professional associations and other institutions that have rejected the boycott include the National Union of Students, American Association of University Professors, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Federation of Teachers, British Academy.

For the latest updates on the boycott, visit Engage.

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2 responses »

  1. Thank you for cross-posting these.

    However SPME is a quite different organisation to Engage – so could you use their logo at the top of this post rather than ours as we wouldn’t want to either take credit for their very successful international petition or have people assume that we share their views on Israel and the ME.

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