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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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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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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The attempt to make Trinity an apartheid-free campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ciarán O’Rourke, TCD graduate and leader of the recently launched, Apartheid Free TCD, campaign wants a campus with a long history of taking a stance against apartheid to take the final step …” (more)

[Áine O’Connell,, 23 October]

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Over 170 academics pledge to boycott Israel

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2014 by steve

“The campaign for an academic boycott of Israel is gathering momentum after a petition started by a pro-Palestinian group, Academics for Palestine, garnered over 170 signatures from teaching staff at third level institutions both north and south of the border on Friday …” (more)

[James Wilson, Trinity News, 11 August]

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EU and Israel sign up to joint research funding

Posted in Research on June 9th, 2014 by steve

EU“The European Union will today give the final sign-off to a controversial joint research project with Israel, during a two-day visit to Israel by European Commission president José Manuel Barroso …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 9 June]

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Teachers and boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2014 by steve

“… I am not blinded by that support to the suffering of those in the Gaza and the West Bank, and I am hopeful of a lasting Middle Eastern settlement in time. But boycotts of Israeli academic institutions (or culture, or businesses outside of the West Bank) do nothing to further the achievement of this end …” (more)

[Laurence Cleary, Irish Times, 11 January]

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Academic Freedom at Brooklyn College

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Debates about academic freedom almost always begin in confusion and end in confusion, but the recent controversy at Brooklyn College is a welcome exception to that rule …” (more)

[Stanley Fish, New York Times, 11 February]

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UCD have hoisted the Palestinian flag

Posted in Life on November 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Students in UCD have hoisted the Palestinian flag at half-mast outside the college in a showing of solidarity with Palestinian victims of the continuing conflict in Gaza.” (photo)

[Facebook, 22 November]

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Clamp-down on foreign academics

Posted in Legal issues on October 18th, 2009 by steve

Israel“Israeli authorities’ refusal to let some foreign academics enter the West Bank has had a huge impact on the development of Palestinian institutions, said a British academic recently denied entry to the West Bank and forced to cancel a lecture at Birzeit University. Foreign academics working in the West Bank have increasingly found their entry to the West Bank barred or have had ‘Palestinian Authority only’ stamped in their passports, thereby preventing them from entering Israel …” (more)

[Helena Flusfeder, University World News, 18 October]

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