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    • elke
    • 21.12.13 | 19:27 (IST)

    The boycott was inspired by Israel's denial of academic freedom to the Palestinians -- which doesn't seem to be covered by the Israeli press in stories about the boycott. Palestinian scholars face severe restrictions on their mobility, affecting their ability to attend conferences, to visit archives and to collaborate with colleagues in their field. Many Palestinians who study abroad are denied re-entry. In 2008, Israeli forces bombed Gaza’s Islamic University, using US-made F-16 aircraft. At Al Quds University in Jerusalem, the illegal Israeli security wall bisects the Abu Dis campus, leaving 6,000 Al Quds students on the “wrong side” of the wall and unable to attend classes on the other side. Israeli soldiers arrested 400 Birzeit University students between 2003 and 2009. Nine thousand students at An Najah University have to cross one or two Israeli check-points in order to travel between their homes and the University. At any time, and in any location of the West Bank, Israeli soldiers can close roads leading to universities or can detain students and scholars at check-points. The Israeli public seems unaware of these factors. The world is not.

    from the article: Why the boycotters are on the wrong side of history
    First published 21:50 19.12.13 | Last updated 21:50 19.12.13
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