Archive for Israel

Queen’s University cannot allow free speech to be stifled

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“It is arguably our foremost seat of learning, a place (supposedly) of enlightenment where free discourse and debate is encouraged and freedom of speech enshrined. But is Queen’s University now becoming a cold house for speakers of the Jewish/Israeli persuasion? …” (more)

[Lindy McDowell, Belfast Telegraph, 3 March]

Israel should be Ireland’s science & research model

Posted in research with tags , on 4 January 2011 by Steve

“Since the late 1990s Ireland has pumped billions into science and research, and completely transformed the landscape for science in Ireland – for the better. This money was spent on supporting research talent and building facilities for them to work in. That’s all good, but the strategy for moving Irish science onto the next level is flawed on many levels. The Government would do well to take a look at a highly successful model – Israel …” (more)

[Science Spinning, 4 January]

Israeli academics boycott West Bank settlements

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 September 2010 by Steve

“More than 150 Israeli academics say they will no longer lecture or work in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. In a letter, they said they supported the recent decision by a group of actors and others not to take part in cultural activity there …” (more)

[BBC News, 31 August]

Head of Israeli University Demands Ouster of Professors Who Support Boycott

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 24 July 2010 by Steve

“The president of Bar-Ilan University has called for Israeli professors who support an academic boycott of their country to quit or be fired. The statement comes as Israel’s parliament debates legislation that would allow lawsuits against academics and others who support various boycotts of the Jewish state …” (more)

[Matthew Kalman, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 July]

Clamp-down on foreign academics

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 October 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]

The diversity of bigotry

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 January 2009 by Steve

“On Friday, I noted a letter to the Irish Times that was little more than Hamas apologetics, interesting more for its list of signers than its content. They had 23 names listed and the Irish Times said there were 126 more. The letter with the full list of signers is here (there are only 148 names rather than the 149 the Irish Times reports) … Some of the affiliations are vague, but the ‘wide variety of disciplines’ is exceedingly comic. Take a look at the list, and you overwhelmingly get humanities and soft social science. Almost all the signers at the University of Limerick, for example, come from one department …” (more)

[William Sjostrom, Atlantic Blog, 26 January]

148 Irish academics issue call for EU to cut links with Israel

Posted in Life with tags , on 24 January 2009 by Steve

“In a letter published today, Friday, 23rd January in the Irish Times, over 140 Irish academics from a wide variety of disciplines called for a moratorium on EU support of Israeli academic institutions until Israel abides by UN resolutions and ends the occupation of Palestinian territories. The letter was organised in response to the Israeli attack on Gaza and the Palestinian call for an academic and cultural boycott. The letter demands that the EU cease funding collaborative projects with Israeli institutions and ‘and an end to the EU’s practice of treating Israel as a European state for the purposes of awarding grants and contracts’ …” (more)

[Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, 23 January]