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CALL UPON ISRAELI ACADEMICS

European Jews

for a Just Peace, being a part of the international solidarity movement supporting the

human and political rights of Israelis and Palestinians alike, calls upon Israeli

academics to boycott the continuing presence of the Israeli army on Palestinian

territory.

We know that many members of the Israeli academic community and indeed

many other sections of Israeli society understand that such a presence is the core of

the problem.

Under these circumstances, it is no longer sufficient to oppose the

occupation quietly. Now, it is necessary to campaign against it as loudly as

possible.

Drawing on past experiences of peace and human rights movements in

Europe, we think that it is first necessary to expose, and then to break, all academic

ties with the occupation - with its apparatus and support efforts, including military

research - and with settlements and settlers.

We ask Israeli teachers' and

lecturers' unions to pass resolutions that make their opposition to the occupation clear

and commit them to campaigning against it in their professional areas.

Academic

freedom is indivisible. Yet for Palestinians the right of access to education at any level,

let alone to freedom of speech at the highest level, is denied by Israeli authorities.



The barriers erected by the successive Israeli governments preventing access

to education for Palestinians must be condemned and lifted

Israeli academics

and teachers are among those best placed to pressure their government in order this

to happen as soon as possible; Academic freedom - as well as general and

specialized education - represents an inalienable human right that must be explicitly

acknowledged, vigorously defended and determinedly promoted by the Israeli

academic community for and with the Palestinian academic community.

Executive

Committee, European Jews for a Just Peace
European Jews for a just

Peace
P.O. Box 59506
1040 LA Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 20

67955850
[email]contact@ejjp.org[/email]
[url=http://www.ejjp.org]

http://www.ejjp.org[/url]



European Jews for a Just Peace is a network

consisting of groups from the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark,

France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

June 10, 2005

Posted on 05-07-2005


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