[Marxism] In Their Silence, Israeli Academics Collude With Occupation - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jun 6 06:34:49 MDT 2014


Think about it. Even with the very visible debates about scholarly 
boycotts of Israel in the United States, the majority of academics 
around the world do not hear about the daily disturbances to Palestinian 
academic life. The debates focus on the legitimacy of boycotts, not 
academic life in Palestine.

Most academics around the world know very little about the fact that 
since the early 2000s, the Israeli government has prohibited Palestinian 
residents of Gaza from studying in the occupied West Bank—despite the 
fact that many programs, including preparation for vital medical and 
paramedical professions, are simply unavailable in the Gaza Strip. They 
are unaware how the Israeli military continues to obstruct academic 
studies in the occupied territories. In late January, for example, 
soldiers entered the Al-Quds University campus in Arab Jerusalem, 
breaking doors and terrifying students and professors.

Academics in touch with Israelis are mostly familiar with their 
colleagues’ scholarly research and aware of the freedoms that they 
enjoy. Visiting academics come to Israel to give talks, oblivious to the 
situation just a few kilometers away, where their Palestinian colleagues 
are stuck in checkpoints.

full: http://chronicle.com/article/In-Their-Silence-Israeli/146815/



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