PACBI Column in BRICUP Newsletter: The Militarization of the Israeli Academy
Many academics around the world were shocked at the recently enacted Israeli Knesset bill that will provide one year of free tuition to any discharged soldier (reservist) who studies at an institution of higher learning in the Galilee, the Naqab (Negev), and the illegal Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank.
In June 2010, and in preparation for the Knesset vote, the Israeli cabinet approved the draft legislation; Prime Minister Netanyahu was quoted as saying, "The need to aid discharged soldiers and promote the periphery is part of the national consensus." This overt use of higher education institutions to buttress Israel's settler-colonization of the Palestinian land, however, is anything but new.
Since the creation of the state of Israel on the ruins of Palestinian society, the deep partnership between the academy and the military-security establishment has been emblematic of the widely militarized Israeli society.