Thursday, June 7, 2007
Sari Nusseibeh, the president of Al Quds University in East Jerusalem has urged an end to an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions
Palestinian University President Urged the End to British Academic Boycott
Hiyam Noir, PalestineFreeVoice
"Sari Nusseibeh, the president of Al Quds University in East Jerusalem has urged an end to an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The boycott is initialized by Britain's Higher Education Union.Nusseibeh made a joint declaration with Menachem Magidor, the president of the Hebrew University in West Jerusalem, in the international gathering in London last week, of scholars debating human rights.
The declaration from the two, said - "Our position is based upon the belief that it is through cooperation based on mutual respect, rather than boycotts or discrimination, that our common goals can be achieved ," it said. "Our disaffection with, and condemnation of, acts of academic boycotts is predicated on the principles of academic freedom, human rights and equality between nations and among individuals."
The announcement by the two university deans or presidents came one week, after that the Britain's Association of University Teachers reconsidered the decision to bar Israeli faculty members at Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University from academic conferences and joint research.The boycott was in response to an appeal by 60 Palestinian groups urging attention to the Israelis criminal conducts on the occupied Palestinian territories......"