FW: Al-Quds University to cut ties with Israeli academic institutions (Maan News)
From: Omar Barghouti [mailto:omar.barghouti@...]
Sent: 01 February 2009 18:05
To: Omar Barghouti
Subject: Al-Quds University to cut ties with Israeli academic
institutions (Maan News)
BREAKING, GREAT NEWS!
MAAN NEWS AGENCY
Jerusalem's Al-Quds University to cut ties with Israeli academia
Date: 01 / 02 / 2009 Time: 19:18
Jerusalem - Ma'an - Al-Quds University will cease all forms of academic
cooperation with Israeli academic institutions soon, the school's board
determined on Sunday.
"In cooperation with all sides and under an accepted timetable," the
university will phase out programs and cooperation, the university board
said in a statement.
It added that, "If the two-state solution is as far away today as it was
ten years ago, there is no justification for continued academic
cooperation based on reaching that solution."
"And there is no justification for continued official and non-official
cooperation in other fields, foremost security coordination between the
Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel," the board noted.
"Ending academic cooperation is aimed at, first of all, pressuring
Israel to abide by a solution that ends the occupation, a solution that
has been needed for far too long and that the international community
has stopped demanding," the board said.
It also noted that the decision came "in response to the prior Israeli
onslaught [on Gaza]; the acts and policies of Israeli governments over
the past ten years, including settlement construction in East Jerusalem,
the tightening of the siege on the occupied territories and thwarting
any negotiated peace process that will lead to an independent
Palestinian state living in peace alongside Israel."
It also affirmed the necessity for all those involved, including
government organizations, civil society groups, domestic and
international, to focus on a just and prompt solution for the
Palestinian cause. The statement insisted that all parties involved
press for a solution according to "international legitimacy and Arab and
The board called for the international community to pressure the Israeli
government to comply with international legitimacy and call for taking
legal and political action for Israel's "dangerous crimes and violations
in Gaza," as well as Israel's "illegal acts in the West Bank and East
Finally, the university board expressed disappointment over the absence
of serious protest from Israeli academia, in particular, and civil
society organizations, in general, as well as the failure of these
organizations to "understand the injustice that Palestinians are
suffering from," calling on local, international and regional academics
to support the university's stance by halting academic cooperation with
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