Israel: An academic boycott

Education should be for all yet it seems Israel doesn’t feel this way.

President Obama met with Prime Minister Netanyahu for the 12th time, more than any other world leader. The meeting was icy as usual. In their opening remarks Obama told Netanyahu the status quo in Gaza cannot stand.

Just a few days ago you may have noticed the intense backlash from Israeli leaders toward Mairav Zonszein’s op-ed in the New York Times, “How Israel Silences Dissent.” In that piece, Zonszein said she would rather be out of the Jewish Israeli family than be part of the “exclusivist ethno-religious nationalism” that increasingly dominates that society.

The Israeli advocacy organization Terrestrial Jerusalem issued the following update on new planned settlements:

Today it has come to light that the Government of Israel has gone ahead and granted statutory (final) approval to Plan 14295, which will allow for the construction of 2610 new settlement units in Givat Hamatos A.
This is the first Jerusalem settlement plan approved since the April 1 breakdown in talks.
As we have reported previously, this plan is not just another politically or symbolically “detrimental” settlement, or even one that just makes a resolution to the conflict a little more difficult on the ground. This plan is a game-changer.
This approval could not have taken place without Prime Minister Netanyahu’s advance knowledge and consent.
Now the world of anthropology is boycotting Israel along academic lines with their statement endorsing the burgeoning movement to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest of Israel’s systematic human rights violations against the Palestinian people.

3 thoughts on “Israel: An academic boycott

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