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