Academic conference on Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Federation of University Teachers is deeply concerned at attempts to block the holding of an important conference entitled ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism, Responsibility’, which is scheduled to take place in University College Cork from March 31st to April 2nd …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Conference on Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As one of the local organisers of the upcoming Cork conference on Israel (which will take place) I take exception to the headline over one letter in your Saturday edition ‘Conference against Jews not apt for UCC’ …” (more)

[Piaras Mac Éinrí, Irish Examiner, 24 January]

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Academic conference on Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is disappointing and worrying that University College Cork has decided to prevent the academic conference ‘International Law and the State of Israel’ from taking place at the end of March. This appears to be part of a broader pattern of attempts to suppress debate on Israel and Palestine across Europe …” (more)

[Petra Schurenhofer, Irish Times, 25 January]

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Ní Riada urges UCC to defend tradition of debate

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has expressed her concern at the decision by UCC University Management to prevent an academic conference debating the legitimacy of the state of Israel from taking place on campus …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 January]

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Israel Conference veto in UCC is the wrong decision

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The decision by University College Cork to veto a conference to debate the legitimacy of the state of Israel is unfortunate. Any attempt to deny the idea of free speech, a cornerstone of democracy, is very unwelcome, as Europe-wide protests after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris showed …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 January]

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Academics and Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The double standards on display in UCC should be obvious. While academics there call for boycotts against Israel, they seem more than happy with the UCC links to China via the Confucius Institute …” (more)

[Paul Williams, Irish Times, 21 January]

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Security plan required for academic conference on Israel in UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has decided to prevent an academic conference debating the legitimacy of the state of Israel from taking place at the end of March and has advised the organisers that they have to come up with special security plans if they want the university to host it at another date …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The guidelines for the academic boycott of Israel, contrary to what Paul Williams said in his letter (January 19th), and as proposed by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Council for Higher Education (CHE), make clear that ‘mere affiliation of Israeli scholars to an Israeli academic institution is not grounds for applying the boycott’. Indeed, Academics for Palestine often works with Israeli academics …” (more)

[Ronit Lentin, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Statement: Proposed conference in UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University Management Team at its meeting on the 16th January 2017 considered the matter of the proposed conference entitled ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism’. Members of the management team expressed their disappointment and concern that this conference came to the University’s attention through public discourse and social media and not in a formal request for approval …” (more)

[UCC, 18 January]

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UCC conference and Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – A letter (January 18th) signed by a number of academics in support of the University College Cork conference on Israel states that, ‘a cornerstone of our democracy is freedom of speech’ and also talks about ‘academic freedom’ and ‘open debate’ …” (more)

[Paul Williams, Irish Times, 19 January]

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Questioning the Jewish state’s legitimacy is not anti-Semitic

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC academic conference on Israel is about decolonisation, not demonisation. To criticise the state of Israel is to demonise Jewish people. This has been the default charge levelled by an Israeli government seeking to undermine dissenting voices – from international diplomats who oppose settlement expansion to its own soldiers who speak in Israeli schools about the army’s treatment of Palestinians …” (more)

[John Reynolds, Irish Times, 18 January]

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UCC conference and Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Academics for Palestine, a group of academics working in Ireland in support of Palestinian universities and academics, notes with the greatest concern reported attempts by the Israeli embassy to prevent University College Cork hosting the conference ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism’ …” (more)

[Ronit Lentin and 12 others, Irish Times, 18 January]

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UCC conference on Israel sparks row with Israeli embassy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An academic conference due to be held at University College Cork which will debate the legal legitimacy of Israel has sparked a major row involving the Israeli embassy and Jewish lobby groups. Plans to hold a similar conference in a British university just over a year ago were cancelled on ‘safety grounds’ in the face of opposition from a range of lobby groups …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 January]

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TCD’s Israeli Connections (Phoenix Magazine, Jan 2017)

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandTCD’s Israel connections – In an attempt to inject some balance into the Israel-Palestine debate, the fair-minded people at Trinity College’s chaplaincy are organising a ‘staff peace pilgrimage’ to the Holy Land in June 2017 …” (more)

[Academics for Palestine, 3 January]

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Academics should not have to provide details of Israeli contacts

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“After a meeting of Trinity College Dublin’s Heads of Schools on December 9, a request was sent to college departments seeking ‘your help on the best way to collect data on existing formal and informal arrangements that your school and colleges may have with universities, research institutions, NGOs and government bodies in Israel and Palestine …'” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Examiner, 13 January]

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Scottish university staff accused of anti-Jewish discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Jewish students at universities are ‘denying or hiding’ their identity because of discrimination, according to new claims. The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (Scojec) said it had evidence university staff had criticised student work on Israel because they did not agree with the point of view being expressed …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 23 November]

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ERASMUS Programme: Bethlehem University

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMaureen O’Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will support the students at Bethlehem University by strongly condemning their exclusion from the European Union Student Mobility Programme, ERASMUS, while Israeli students are permitted full membership but Palestinian institutions such as the University of Bethlehem are not; his views that this is unfair; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 November]

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Academics and Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Another lecture by high-minded scholars pontificating on the wicked, expansionist Israeli regime (November 4th). They say they will boycott Israeli academic institutions – but will co-operate with individual Israeli academics. How is this to be managed? …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 5 November]

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Academics and Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As scholars associated with Irish institutions of higher education, north and south, we are deeply disturbed by Israel’s ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian land, the intolerable human rights violations that it inflicts on all sections of the Palestinian people …” (more)

[Harry Browne and others, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Northern Ireland academics to boycott Israeli universities in Palestine protest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“A number of leading Northern Ireland academics have signed up to an international campaign to boycott Israeli universities over Israel’s ‘illegal occupation’ of Palestinian law …” (more)

[Lesley Houston, Belfast Telegraph, 28 October]

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