Academic and cultural boycott of Israel, divestment etc.
Click on "UCU and the boycott" for material specific to the UCU and
its predecessors AUT and NATFHE - this page is more more general stuff.
Sue on Friction TV!
Here's a video clip of Yours Truly arguing the case for the academic boycott.
Friction TV is a new company which makes video clips for the web. You can
respond with a video clip of your own if you like, or just a comment. It was
recorded on 7th March 2008.
The case for academic
boycott of Israel
SOAS Palestine Society / PACBI Conference on BDS, 13th October 2007
Watch the videos of the speakers:
Distinguished Journalist and Film Maker.
"Palestine Is Still The Issue".
Prof. Ilan Pappe
Formerly of University of Haifa; now at University of Exeter, UK
"Israeli academic institutions and complicity with the occupation"
Dr Haidar Eid
Al-Aqsa University, Gaza (by audio link due to being refused an exit visa
by the Israeli authorities)
"Palestinian Academic Freedom and the Israeli Siege of Gaza"
Dr Oren Ben-Dor
University of Southampton
"Israeli academic institutions, Palestinian Nakba and dispossession and the
Politics of Denial"
Dr Mudar Kassis
Formerly Director of Institute of Law, Birzeit University; currently in the
Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies and MA Programme in Human Rights and
"Facts on the Ground: Palestinian Academic Freedom and Four Decades of Occupation
and Settler Colonialism"
Dr Mahmoud Hawari
"Israeli Academic Institutions and Discrimination against the Palestinian Citizens"
Mr. Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi
Chaiman, Arab Media Watch
"British Media coverage and the boycott Issue"
Dr Phil Marfleet
Secretary of the UCU Branch, University of East London
"The UCU and boycott: Lessons from 2006-07 and the autumn campaign"
Dr. Sue Blackwell
Member of UCU National Executive Committee and BRICUP
"UCU branches and the boycott debate: strategies and tactics"
Ms Betty Hunter
Palestine Solidarity Campaign, UK
"The anti-apartheid struggle and lessons from the consumer and cultural boycotts"
Boycott Campaigns, Calls, Statements etc.
- Congress Report Calls for Israeli Boycott Campaign
Report from Irish TUC, 18th June 2008
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) Congratulates Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)
on Historic Boycott Resolution!The resolution was carried on 16th April 2008.
CAIA Statement Congratulating Ryerson Students' Union
15th Nov 2007 - "The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) warmly congratulates
the Ryerson Students' Union (RSU) at Ryerson University, Toronto, for its successful
efforts to promote and deepen discussion around the academic boycott of Israeli
GUPW supports Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign
Statement by Haider Ibrahim, GUPW, published 9th Nov 2007. On the Labournet site
amongst other places.
This is a highly significant step from a major Palestinian trade union organisation.
The Case for Academic Boycott against Israel-downloadable in PDF format.
Table of contents and further info here, in HTML.
Written by Shir Hever, Holly Kilroy and Laura Vail for the Alternative
Information Center (AIC)
"Through this document, the Alternative Information Center (AIC) aims
to support the Palestinian and international academic boycott campaigns
with concrete facts and details proving that not only have Israeli
academic institutions not publicly condemned Israel’s occupation, but
that these very institutions are themselves part and parcel of Israel’s
colonial system of oppression against the Palestinians.
- kulturell og akademisk boikott av Israel
Norwegian site for Cultural and Academic Boycott of Israel.
Call to 'reflect' on Israeli links
Aosdána's general assembly motion encouraging "Irish artists and cultural
institutions to reflect deeply" before engaging in co-operation with
state-sponsored Israeli cultural events and institutions.
Shane Hegarty in The Irish Times, 29th March 2007, reproduced on the PACBI site.
Palestinian Trade Union Call upon International Labor Movement
Also here, on the PACBI site.
The English translation of the statement is here.
In a press conference held on February 11 2007, the Trade Unions
and Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign addressed this call to the Arab
and International Trade Unions - significantly, it includes a call
to boycott the Histadrut.
Call for a Cultural Boycott of Israel
By writer John Berger and 93 others, in the Guardian, 15th Dec 2006.
Right To Education Press Release, 30th November 2006.
"Over one thousand Birzeit University students and over 110 of its faculty
members signed an open letter in support of the international boycott of
Israeli academic institutions. The signatures were collected by the Right
to Education Student Committee in the shape of a letter thanking the 61
Irish academics who called for a moratorium on EU aid to Israeli universities
until Israel abides by international humanitarian and human rights laws. The
Committee calls on student groups all over Palestine to take similar action
and for students abroad to support Palestinian students by doing the same."
Irish academics call on EU to stop funding Israeli academic institutions
Press Release by Irish PSC, 16th September 2006.
UN Civil Society Conference slams Israeli apartheid
On the Stop the Wall site, 10th September 2006.
- Palestine BDS Campaign
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
Press Release: Ken Loach Joins the Cultural Boycott of Israel
Palestinian Filmmakers, Artists and Cultural Workers Call for
a Cultural Boycott of Israel
Statement by workers in the Public Cultural Sphere in Lebanon,
27th July 2006 (PDF format)
Includes these words: "we call upon our peers in the world to
announce a boycott of Israeli products, and of Israeli academic and
scientific institutions that do not condemn the Israeli aggression
Film festival drops Israel as sponsor to protest attack
Daily Star (Lebanon), 21st July 2006
Canadian public service union votes in support of boycott, divestment and
sanctions against apartheid Israel
On the Redress site, 29th May 2006.
Open Letter to Actress Sharon Stone
On the Electronic Intifada website, 21 March 2006
Roger Waters Refuses to be Another Brick in Israel's Wall
PACBI Press Release, 18th April 2006.
Open Letter to Roger Waters ... not to become another Brick in the Wall.
On the PACBI website, 7th March 2006.
The dark side of the gig
Report of Waters' concert in Ha'aretz, 23rd June 2006:
"Waters yesterday visited the site of the separation barrier near the
West Bank town of Bethlehem, where he spray-painted the words "No
Thought Control." Waters wrote slogans on the wall in protest against
the construction of the barrier, which Palestinians say is a land grab
and Israel says is necessary for its security."
Roger Waters graffitis the Israeli Wall in Palestine
(On the War on Want website)
Euromed Audiovisual II Project
Bethlehem University pulls out of the Rome Agreement
Click on the link above to see the official letter
from the office of the Vice Chancellor, withdrawing
Bethlehem from the UNESCO "Rome Agreement" involving
- PACBI - click on the icon below:
Greek translation of the PACBI boycott call
The Palestinian Call for Academic Boycott Revised:
Adjusting the Parameters of the Debate
Also here on the Electronic Intifada site, 28th Jan 2006.
This explains why the wording of the boycott call was alterered
to remove the clause "excluding" conscientious Israeli individuals.
BRItish Committee for Universities for Palestine.
Review of the BRICUP booklet, "Why boycott Israeli universities?" (2007)
By Alex Miller on the Green Left site (Australia), 28th June 2007
Boycotts and Academic Freedom and Responsibility
Review of the new BRICUP pamphlet by Nick King, in The Electronic Intifada, 30th May 2007
Electronic Intifada section on Academic and Cultural Boycott
United Nations meeting votes for boycotts and divestment
The UN International Conference of Civil Society in Support of ME Peace,
held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, voted unanimously on July 13th
to adopt the Palestinian civil society's Call for Boycott, Divestment
and Sanctions (BDS - see next link, below). Among those voting for the
final Plan of Action (which endorsed the BDS Call without reservations) were
Machsom Watch and Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, as well as the European
Coordinating Committee of NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ECCP).
UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching
Personnel dated 11th November 1997. Note in particular section VII: "Duties
and responsibilities of higher education teaching personnel", no. 34.
- Palestinian Civil Society
Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it
Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights
This latest call is dated 9th July 2005. In .PDF format.
An Open Letter To The Palestinian And International Community Regarding Palestinian-Israeli Cooperation In
Same letter on the Kibush site
Twenty organisations register "our protest and deep concern over the increasing pressure exerted upon us
to enter into Palestinian-Israeli cooperation schemes in the sphere of health." This situation is exactly
parallel to the pressure exerted upon Palestinian universities.
- A Partial List of
Institutional Endorsers of the PACBI Call for Boycott - translated into
- South African Academics Supporting the
PACBI Call for Boycott
call for an academic boycott of Israel (on the BRICUP site)
call for an academic boycott of Israel (on the Right2Edu site at Bir Zeit
- Innovative Minds
NB: Innovative Minds is an Islamic software organisation/company.
- The original European Boycott Petition
(Apparently not collecting new signatories).
- The counter-petition against
the original boycott
The Academics for Justice home page
EU and Israel (new section)
Suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement
We call on the EU to suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement until
Israel respects human rights and International Law.
Sign the petition here
EU unanimously upgrades Israel ties, turning aside PA objections
Ha'aretz, 17th June 2008
Israel begins overhaul of EU relationsJerusalem Post 24th Feb 2008
EUROPE: Heading for a New Security Deal with Israel
Inter Press Service News Agency, 22nd Feb 2008.
Reports of the SOAS conference, 5th December 2004
Why Boycott Israel?by Omar Barghouti, December 20, 2004
This is a version of the powerful presentation which Omar gave to the
conference: a damning indictment of Israeli universities and their
And here's the same
article with some of the original graphics used at the SOAS conference
- Israeli academic prejudice:
Palestinians call for the boycott of Israeli academia (Al-Ahram Weekly
Online, 16-22nd December 2004)
- Alarm at bid
to revive boycott (Times Higher, 3rd December 2004)
Israel boycott row hits college (The Guardian, 4th December 2004)
London Conference, a Prelude to Academic Boycott of Israel
(Paul de Rooij in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Jan/Feb
- Palestinians Call
for Boycott of Israeli Academia (Victor Kattan in the Electronic Intifada,
15 December 2004)
Palestine, and campus civil wars (Stephen Howe on the Open Democracy
site,14th December 2004)
- London University
Conference Stresses Call for Boycott to Fight Israeli Apartheid
Prof. Mona Baker
Prof. Andrew Wilkie
Arab-Israeli politics split UK campuses(Al-Jazeera, 29th October,
- Statement by
Oxford University, 28th October 2003
Row Tutor suspended (BBC news, 28th October 2003)
Oxford Professor is suspended for rejecting Israeli
student (Independent, 28th October 2003)
snubbed by Oxford professor welcomes suspension (Ha'aretz, 28th October
- "Hideous spectre of censorship"
(Ghil'ad Zuckermann, THES, 15th August 2003)
- Letter to THES in reply to
the above article, by Prof. Laurence Davidson
"Oxford Investigating professor who rejected an Israeli student"(Richard
Greene, JTA, 8th July) (Sue gets a mention in this)
"Oxford 'appalled' as professor inflames boycott row (The Guardian, 4th
July 2003 - about Andrew Wilkie)
Another link to the same story
University Disinvestment/divestment campaigns
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