Academics and Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Kevin McCarthy attacks the projected University College Cork conference on ‘International Law and the State of Israel’ on the grounds that ‘the right of scholars to debate and discuss each other’s work … cannot happen if academics from Israeli institutions are boycotted from participation simply because they are deemed by some to hold indefensible opinions’ (January 27th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Academic freedom demands academic balance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Mike Jennings (January 26th), general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, has come out strongly against University College Cork’s decision to indefinitely postpone – on safety and security grounds – the proposed March conference, ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism’ …” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Incoming UCC president open to Israel conference

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

Ireland“The incoming president of University College Cork has no opposition to a controversial conference on Israel taking place on the campus but he supports last week’s decision that forced its postponement. UCC has been accused of bowing to pressure over claims of an anti-Israeli imbalance in the list of speakers for the event …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 January]

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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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Business ‘has too much say in our universities’, says departing UCC president

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

Ireland“Departing UCC president, Michael Murphy, welcomes funding from industry but worries it dictates research decisions, he tells Education Correspondent Niall Murray. The business community has too much influence on Ireland’s research agenda, at the expense of non-scientific disciplines, the outgoing president of University College Cork, Michael Murphy, says …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 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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€5m Square Deal for student flats

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

Ireland“The city looks set to welcome yet another large-scale student development, following the successful €5m sale of a vacant building on Washington Street. The sizeable 0.8-acre site is currently home to what used to be the Square Deal Interiors furniture store …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 20 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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Outgoing UCC President calls for major changes in the Irish health system

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

Ireland“UCC president Dr Michael Murphy has called for major changes in the Irish health system in an effort to retain graduates. Speaking to the Evening Echo, Dr Murphy, a former Head of UCC’s College of Medicine and a former board member of the HSE, argued for improved training and incentives to ensure better leadership in the health service …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 19 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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A ‘new puritanism’ in universities?

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

Ireland“Sir, – It seems that after an incredible 62 years on campus, Prof John A Murphy could do with taking one more class at UCC (‘Historian warns of limits on freedom of expression‘new puritanism’ in universities’, January 19th) …” (more)

[Laura Daly, Irish Times, 19 January]

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Historian warns of limits on freedom of expression in universities

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

Ireland“The historian and former independent senator, Prof John A Murphy, has warned that a new puritanism is creeping into Irish universities. Prof Murphy said it was important that students were not limited in their freedom of expression but he feared that puritanism among students and some well-meaning staff was as limiting as the religious conservatism that existed in University College Cork (UCC) in the mid 20th century …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 17 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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