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Academics boycott West Bank college

2011-01-09 21:50

Jerusalem - At least 165 Israeli professors have declared a boycott against a contentious Israeli college in the West Bank.

The academics have signed a petition saying they are unwilling to partake in any educational activities at Ariel University Centre. They say Ariel is an "illegal settlement" intended to prevent Palestinians from establishing an independent state.

The move is opposed by the head of an umbrella group of Israeli universities as well as the mayor of Ariel. He said on Sunday the more academics boycott, the more he will build.

Ariel is a settlement of about 19 000 people in the heart of the West Bank.

The Palestinians claim all of the West Bank, which Israel seized in the 1967 Mideast War, as part of a future independent state.

Comments
  • anwar.daniels - 2011-01-10 00:50

    So the most intelligent people of Israel is opposing the Israeli govt's actions? That should say a lot. Why are others then supporting Israel? If you are, this should make you relook at your point of view.

  • jaycee - 2011-01-10 10:14

    Israeli government is really painting itself into a international corner with its handling of the west Jerusalem issue.

  • jaycee - 2011-01-10 10:25

    I meant EAST Jerusalem.

  • TruthSeeka - 2011-01-10 10:49

    A very rare piece of news. Google Norman Finkelstein for a breath of fresh air.

  • Irené - 2011-01-10 11:17

    Big up to the academics who are initiating this much needed boycott. It says a lot of a country's leading intellectuals are all opposed to its policies. This is not about Jews vs Islam, its a crime against humanity, and reeks of apartheid mentality.

  • pawsaw - 2011-01-10 12:55

    Surely the building of a university which will benefit the Palestinians even if it is done because of apartheid policies is in the long term a GOOD thing. Won't the Palestinians benefit from it? I agree with the opposition in principle by the academics because of the reasons behind it but surely if the Palestinians are allowed to use it despite Israel owning it that would be a good start to intellectual debate about the land it is built on and why Israel should allow Palestine to claim it or not? The students who attend it are the future of both states or will it be reserved for Israeli's exclusively?

      Irené - 2011-01-10 13:08

      My guess is it is reserved for the Israeli students only, I cannot imagine that the Israeli want to give education to the Palestinians considering how they treat them on the streets, plus education is power.

      Irené - 2011-01-10 13:08

      My guess is it is reserved for the Israeli students only, I cannot imagine that the Israeli want to give education to the Palestinians considering how they treat them on the streets, plus education is power.

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