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    ________________________________ From: Omar Barghouti [mailto:omar.barghouti@gmail.com] Sent: 01 February 2009 18:05 To: Omar Barghouti Subject: Al-Quds
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      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!

      Omar



      http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=35440

      MAAN NEWS AGENCY
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      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
      international efforts."

      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
      Jerusalem."

      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
      Israeli institutions.



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