Tuesday, May 24, 2005

AUT ISRAEL-BOYCOTT UPDATE: I don't doubt that the AUT will rescind the boycotts of Israeli institutions in its meeting on Thursday. Eve Garrard on Normblog explains why that is only part of the battle.

UPDATE: I'm losing track of all the people who have condemned the boycott, but we can now add twenty-one Nobel laureates to the list, including writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

Oh, and the Electronic Intifada relays an Al-Jazeera article on academic freedom in action in the Palestinian university teachers' union:
Palestinian teachers union dismiss Sari Nusseibeh
Khalid Amayreh, Al-Jazeera, 24 May 2005

A Palestinian teachers union has called for the dismissal of Al-Quds University President Sari Nusseibeh for "normalising ties with Israel" and "serving Israeli propaganda interests".

A statement by the Palestinian Union of University Teachers and Employees (PUUTE), published on the front page of the Ramallah-based daily Al-Ayyam, on Monday accused Nusseibeh of "normalising relations with the Sharon government" despite the Israeli prime minister's policy of "bullying the Palestinians and stealing their land".

"This constitutes a strong blow to the Palestinian national consensus against normalisation with Israel," said the statement.


Last week, Nusseibeh, who signed a cooperation agreement with Hebrew University, reportedly criticised the British boycott, describing it as "wrong and unjustified". He was quoted as saying that "problems should be resolved through dialogue not through sanctions".


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