Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


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Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at Hebrew University of Jerusalem | 26 décembre 2013 |

December 1, 2013 (The signatures are current to 02/05/2014)

Note: In light of the recent withdrawal of the two international keynote speakers, as noted below, the text of the original letter/boycott call of 8/12/2013 has been revised and re-formatted. The signatures are current to 02/05/2014.

Dear Colleagues:

We are Palestinian, Israeli and other oral historians and academics from Europe, South Africa, Oceana, Asia, and the Americas calling on you to boycott the June 2014 ‘International’ Oral History Conference being organized by The Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Those of you who have signed the appeal already will be pleased to know that the two main international scholars who had agreed to deliver keynote addresses at conference, Alessandro Portelli and Mary Clark, have withdrawn.

However, the reasons for the boycott remain unchanged. And while all Israeli universities are deeply complicit in the occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is particularly noteworthy.

– The land on which some of its Mount Scopus campus buildings and facilities were expanded was acquired as a result of Israel’s 1968 illegal confiscation of 3345 dunums of Palestinian land, land which is deemed occupied territory under international law. Israel’s unilateral annexation of occupied East Jerusalem and the application of Israeli domestic law to it, are violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and have been repeatedly denounced by the UN Security Council (Resolution 252, 21 May 1968).[1]

– It maintains close ties to the Israeli military industry, which is accused of war crimes against Palestinian civilians; provides special privileges to Israeli soldiers and security personnel; and collaborates with the Israeli army in training officers and recruits. [1A]

– It discriminates against Palestinians, including those who are citizens of Israel by, among other things, : does not providing teaching services to the residents of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas in contrast to those provided to Jewish groups; and not offering any courses in Arabic.[2][3]

– It denies freedom of speech and protest to its few Palestinian students as evidenced by the prohibition of a commemoration event during the 2008-2009 invasion of the Gaza Strip during which approximately 1,400 Palestinians were killed; at the same time, offering special consideration and benefits to students who participated in that invasion. [4]

– The staff from the Hebrew University takes part in the supervision and promotion committees of students and staff at Ariel University, which was established on confiscated Palestinian land in West Bank. [5]

– It does not recognize degrees awarded by the Palestinian Al-Quds University in Jerusalem while those awarded by the Ariel University in an illegal colony are recognized.

At a time when the international movement to boycott Israeli academic and cultural institutions is gaining ground in response to Israel’s flagrant and persistent infringement of Palestinian human and political rights, we urge scholars and professionals to reflect upon the implications of taking part in a conference at a complicit institution, and to refrain from such participation. The conference is an attempt to improve the image and reputation of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the West and to cover up for the fact that the university is closely associated with Israeli annexation and ‘Separation/Apartheid Wall’ policies—policies that were strongly condemned on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.[6]

We believe that the only avenue open to achieving justice and upholding international law is sustained work on the part of Palestinian and international civil society to put pressure on Israel and its complicit institutions to end this oppression. Accordingly, we call on the international community to honor the 2004 Call of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) to boycott academic and cultural institutions involved in Israel’s system of occupation, colonialism and apartheid and its appeal to “refrain from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Israeli institutions” [7].

Until Israel fully complies with international laws and conventions, we urge international academics not to participate in endorsing Israel’s violations and the basic human rights of Palestinians – even if inadvertently. We call on our colleagues to treat Israel exactly the same way that most of the world treated racist South Africa – as a pariah state. Only then can Palestinians hope for a just peace based on international law, respect for human rights, and, more crucially, on the fundamental principle of equality for all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion or other identity considerations.

We, therefore, call on you to boycott the Hebrew University of Jerusalem oral history conference and to call on your colleagues to refuse to participate in it; to refuse to cross what is, in effect, a Palestinian picket line.

[Note: All footnotes are at the end of the document following a note on academic freedom.]


1. Professor Ahmed Abbes, Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, Bures-sur-Yvette, France

2. Professor Saleh Abdel Jawad (Hamayel), Birzeit University, Palestine

3. Dr. Stéphanie Latte Abdallah, ; Researcher, French Institute for the Near East ( IFPO) Jerusalem, Palestine

4. Professor Tahia Abdel Nasser, American University in Cairo, Egyp

5. Ahmed AbdelRaouf, TESL/TEFL lecturer, Imam Muhammed Bin Saud Islamic University, Saudia Arabia

6. Dr. Adnan Abdelrazek – The Arab Studies Society – Jerusalem, Palestine

7. Professor Nahla Abdo Carleton University, Ottawa Canada

8. Dr. Faiha Abdulhadi, Independent researcher, writer, poet, Palestine

9. Professor Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative – College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, USA

10. Hala Caroline Abou-Zaki, Phd Student, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France

11. Line Abou Zaki, Clinical psychologist, Lebanon

12. Professor Nadia Abu el Haj, Barnard/Columbia University, USA

13. Professor Saed Abu-Hijleh, An-Najah National University Nablus, Palestine

14. Professor As’ad Abukhalil, California State University, Stanislaus, USA

15. Professor Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University, New York, USA

16. Professor Maria Abunnasr, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

17. Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Researcher, UK

18. Professor Nadia Abu- Zahra, University of Ottawa, Canada

19. Professor Cristina Accornero, Università di Torino, Italy

20. Professor Ghada Ageel, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

21. Professor Mumtaz Ahmad, Vice President (Academic Affairs), International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan

22. Dr. Anaheed Al-Hardan, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Germany

23. Professor Bayan Nuwayhed al-Hout, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon

24. Mazen Mustafa AlAbadlah, Al-Aqsa University, Palestine

25. Professor (emeritus) Mateo Alaluf, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

26. Professor Samer Alatout, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

27. Akkas Al-Ali, PhD candidate, University of Exeter, UK

28. Nour Ali, Senior Lecturer University of Brighton, United Kingdom

29. Professor Mahmood Al Moukhtar, Lebanese University, Lebanon

30. Majeda Al-Saqqa, Culture and Free Thought Association, Khan Younis, Gaza, Palestine

31. Professor Ammiel Alcalay, Queens College, City of New York, USA

32. Dr. Diana Allan, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

33. Dr. Lori Allen, University of Cambridge, England

34. Professor Nina Allen, Suffolk University, Boston, USA

35. Suad Amiry, architect and writer, Palestine

36. Dr. Valentina Anastasi, Independent researcher, Catania, Italy

37. Professor Marcos Ancelovici, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Canada

38. Professor Betty Anderson, Boston University, USA

39. Professor Rachad Antonius, University of Quebec Montreal (UQAM), Canada

40. Dr. Miriyam Aouragh, CAMRI, University of Westminster, UK

41. Professor Elisabeth Armstrong, Smith College, USA

42. Professor (emeritus) Nasser Aruri, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA

43. Professor Radwa Ashour, Aim Shams University, Egypt,

44. Professor (retired) William Ayers, University of Illinois-Chicago; Cyprus Oral History Project, USA

45. Professor Alice Bach (retired), Archbishop Hallinan Professor of Religious Studies, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, USA

46. Sam Bahour, researcher, co-author, Homeland: Oral Histories of Palestine and Palestinians, Palestine

47. Professor Mona Baker, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK

48. Professor Angelo Baracca, University of Florence, Italy

49. Gustavo Barbosa, PhD candidate, London School of Economics, UK

50. Professor Fadi A Bardawil, University of Chicago, USA

51. Professor Amjad Barham, Hebron University, President of the Palestinian
Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees, Palestine

52. Ryvka Barnard, Doctoral student, New York University, USA

53. Professor Javier Barreda, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain

54. Professor Isaías Barreñada, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain

55. Professor Enrico Bartolomei, University of Macerata, Italy

56. Professor Munir Bashour, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

57. Professor Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College City University of New York, USA

58. Professor (emeritus) Roger Beck, University of Toronto, Canada

59. Professor Oren Ben-Dor, Southampton University, England

60. Julie Benedetto, student, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Lyon, France

61. Israel Morales Benito, University of Alicante, Spain

62. Bonita Bennett, Director, District Six Museum, Capetown, South Africa

63. David Beorlegui, PhD candidate, Basque Country University, Spain

64. Professor Dan Berger, University of Washington Bothell, USA

65. Dr. Rima Berns-McGown, Independent Researcher/Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

66. Professor Doris Bittar, California State University San Marcos, USA

67. Professor Dusan I. Bjelic, Department of Criminology, University of Southern Maine, USA

68. Professor Maylei Blackwell, Departments of Chicana/o Studies, and Gender Studies, UCLA, USA

69. Dr. Susan Blackwell, Independant language consultant, Birmingham UK

70. Professor (emeritus) Malcolm Blincow, York University, Canada

71. Professor Hagit Borer, Queen Mary, University of London, England

72. Professor (emerita) Joanna Bornat , Open University, UK

73. Dr. Samia Botmeh, Birzeit University, Palestine

74. Professor Glenn Bowman, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

75. Dr. Robert Boyce, London School of Economics and Political Science, London University, UK

76. Professor Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, University of London, England

77. Dr. Khaldun Bshara, scholar, Riwaq Centre, Ramallah, Palestine

78. Professor (emeritus) Jacques Bude, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

79. Professor Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley, USA

80. Professor Martha Cahuich, la Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia de México (ENAH)

81. Professor Bernard Caillaud, Paris School of Economics, France

82. Professor Erminia Chiara Calabrese University of Tarragona , Spain

83. Professor Angeles Castaño Madroñal, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

84. Ines Castellano Picón, Phd Student, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

85. Professor Jesús M. Castillo, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

86. Professor John Chalcraft, London School of Economics, UK

87. Professor Iain Chambers, Università degli Studi di Napoli, « L’Orientale, » Italy

88. Professor Michael Chanan, University of Roehampton, England

89. Rev. Colin Chapman (retired), Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon

90. Professor Elise Chenier, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

91. Professor Eric T. Cheyfitz, Cornell University, USA

92. Dr Indira Chowdhury, IOHA Council member; Centre for Public History – Bangalore, India

93. Nikoletta Christodoulou, Frederick University, Nicosia; Cyprus Oral History Project, Cyprus

94. Guillermo Clarke, National University of La Plata; Oral History Association of Argentina

95. Professor Linda Clarke, University of Westminster, UK

96. Professor (retired) Raymonde Cloutier, University of Quebec (UQAM), Montreal, Canada

97. Dr. Sam Coleman, California State Long Beach, USA

98. Professor Ebony Coletu, American University in Cairo, Egypt

99. Professor Elliott Colla, Georgetown University, USA

100. Dr. Jane Collings, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

101. Dr Peter Collins, St Mary’s University College, Belfast, Ireland

102. Prof. Dr. David Mario Comedi, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina

103. Professor Miriam Cooke, Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures, Duke University, USA

104. Professor Georges Corm, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon

105. Professor Deborah Cowen, University of Toronto, Canada

106. Susan Currie, PhD student, Central Queensland University, Australia

107. Mike Cushman, Independent researcher, London, England

108. Dr. Salah Dabbagh (retired), American University of Beirut, Lebanon

109. Professor (retired) Salmah Dabbagh, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

110. Professor Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University, New York, USA

111. Professor Nabil Dajani, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

112. Professor Edwin Daniel (emeritus) University of Alberta Canada

113. Professor (emeritus) Eric David, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

114. Professor Lawrence Davidson, West Chester University, USA

115. Mary Ellen Davis, Instructor, School of Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

116. Dr. Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University, USA

117. Dr. Uri Davis, AL-QUDS University, Jerusalem, Palestine

118. Professor (emerita) Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Université Paris, France

119. Professor Lara Deeb, Scripps College, USA

120. Professor Herman De Ley, Ghent University, Belgium

121. Prof Philippe Denis, Sinomlando Centre for Oral History and Memory Work, University of KwaZulu-Natal, ZA

122. Rafel Gustavo de Oliveira, MSc student, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil

123. Professor Angeles Diez Rodriguez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

124. Professor Anne-Marie Dillens, University Saint-Louis, Brussels, Belgium

125. Professor Pamela Dilulio, Argosy University, USA

126. Professor John Docker, University of Sydney, Australia

127. Professor Chris Dole, Amherst College, USA

128. Professor Pilar Dominguez Prats, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; (former President IOHA), España

129. Dr. Igor Goicovic Donoso, Department of History, University of Santiago, Chile

130. Professor (emerita) Elizabeth Dore, University of Southampton, UK

131. Professor Angelo d’Orsi, University of Turin, Italy

132. Professor Ann Douglas, Columbia University, New York, USA

133. Daniel Drennan , Independent Researcher, Lebanon

134. Professor Laurence Dreyfus, University of Oxford, UK

135. Paul Duffill, Guest Lecturer/Researcher, Center for Peace and Conflict studies, Sydney Australia

136. Professor (emeritus) John Dugard, University of Leiden; Honorary Professor of Law, Uof Pretoria, South Africa

137. Professor Adriana Echezuri, Instituto Superior del Profesorado « Dr. Joaquín V. González » (ISP); Presidente de la Asociación de Historia Oral de la República Argentina

138. Professor Louise Edwards-Simpson, Project Director, Voices of Homelessness, St. Catherine University St Paul, Minnesota, USA

139. Professor Haidar Eid, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza, Palestine

140. Professor Paul Eid, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada (UQAM)

141. Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, PhD-candidate, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria

142. Dr. Ivar Ekeland, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

143. Oroub El-Abed, Senior Teaching Fellow SOAS, London University, UK

144. Professor Abdel Aziz Ezz El Arab, American University in Cairo, Egypt

145. Professor Nada Elia, Antioch University-Seattle, Washington, USA

146. Professor Mary Fakher-Eldin, University College, Dublin, Ireland

147. Professor Hoda Elsadda, Cairo University, Egypt

148. Professor Samera Esmeir, University of California, Berkeley, USA

149. Professor Khaled Fahmy, American University in Cairo, Egypt

150. Professor Ghazi-Walid Falah, University of Akron, Ohio, USA

151. Professor Alejandro Falco, Faculty of Social Sciences University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

152. Professor Laila Farah, DePaul University, USA

153. Professor May Farah, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

154. Professor Randa Farah, University of Western Ontario, Canada

155. Professor (emeritus), Emmanuel Farjoun, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

156. Dr. Adel Farrag, (retired) Institute of Technology Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland

157. Professor Leila Farsakh, University of Massachusetts. Boston, USA

158. Professor Mona Fawaz, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

159. Professor (emeritus) Sasan Fayazmanesh, California State University, Fresno, USA

160. Professor Ilana Feldman, George Washington University, USA

161. Professor Les W. Field, University of New Mexico, USA

162. Dr. Sean Field, Historical Studies Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa

163. Arie Finkelstein, student, Université Paris Est, France

164. Professor Ellen Fleischmann, University of Dayton, Ohio, USA

165. Senior Scholar Bill Fletcher, Jr., Institute for Policy Studies; former President, TransAfrica Forum, USA

166. Professor Manzar Foroohar, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, USA

167. Professor (emeritus) Giorgio Forti, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

168. Dr. Naomi Foyle, Coordinator of British Writers In Support of Palestine, UK

169. Professor Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawaiʻi, USA

170. Jane Frere, Freelance Artist, Scotland,

171. Daniela Fuentealba Rubio, Investigator/archivist, Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Chile

172. Professor Candace Fujikane, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, USA

173. Lic. Cristian Funes, National University of San Luis; Oral History Association of Argentina

174. Professor Nell Gabiam Iowa State University, USA.

175. Professor Jose Maria Gago Gonzalez, Member, Seminario de Fuentes Orales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

176. Professor (retired) Rosemary Galli, Observatorio das Nacionalidades, Brazil

177. Dra. Mónica Gatica, Vice Chancellor, National University of Patagonia, Trelew, Argentina

178. Dr. Valerio Gennaro, MD, PhD, Epidemiologist, Italian Research Hospital.Genoa, Italy

179. Professor (emerita) Irene L. Gendzier, Boston University, USA

180. Nate George, graduate student, Rice University, USA

181. Professeur des Ecoles (en retraite) Marie Gérôme, Ecole de Viuz, Faverges, France

182. Professor Julie Gervais, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

183. Professor Shafeeq Ghabra, Kuwait University, Kuwait

184. Khedija Ghachem, USA

185. Khalil Mohammad Gharra – student, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine

186. Professor Pascale Ghazaleh, American University in Cairo, Egypt

187. Professor Ferial Ghazoul, American University in Cairo, Egypt

188. Ana Ghoreishian, PhD student, University of Arizona, USA

189. Professor Rita Giacaman, Birzeit University, Palestine

190. Dr. Terri Ginsberg, ICMES, New York, USA

191. Professor (emerita) Sherna Berger Gluck, California State University, Long
Beach, USA

192. Professor Paula Godinho, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

193. Professor Catherine Goldstein, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

194. Professor Heather Goodall, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

195. Professor (emeritus) Yerach Gover, City University of New York, USA

196. Professor Michel Gros, CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research, Rennes, France

197. Professor Peter Gose, Carleton University, Canada

198. Professor Van Gosse, Franklin and Marshall College, USA

199. Professor Regina Beatriz Guimarães Neto. Universidade Federal de Pernambuco; 2006-2008 President Brazilian Oral History Association, 2008-2010/Brazil

200. Professor Yvonne Haddad, Georgetown University, USA

201. Professor Ghassan Joseph Hage, University of Melbourne, Australia

202. Professor (emerita) Elaine Hagopian, Simmons College, Boston, USA

203. Dr. Andrea Hajek, University of Glasgow, UK

204. Professor (emerita) Sondra Hale, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

205. Emad Hamdeh, PhD student, Exeter University, UK

206. Lecturer Rola Hamed, University College, Cork, Ireland

207. Professor Carrie Hamilton, University of Roehampton, UK

208. Dr. Rema Hammami, Birzeit University, Palestine

209. Professor Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

210. Karen S. Harper, community oral historian, Historical Society of Long Beach, California, USA

211. Professor Michael Harris, Université Paris-Diderot, France

212. Dr. Jason Hart, Senior lecturer, University of Bath UK

213. Budour Hassan, Law Graduate, Hebrew University, Occupied Palestine

214. Professor Rumy Hassan, University of Sussex, UK

215. Professor Salah D. Hassan, Michigan State University, Lansing, USA

216. Professor Frances Hasso, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

217. Milton Hatoum, writer, translator and professor, Brazil

218. Professor Laia Haurie, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

219. Karim Hauser Askalani, Journalist, Casa Árabe Consortium, Madrid, Spain

220. Dr Mahmoud Hawari, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford, UK

221. Professor David Heap, University of Western Ontario, Canada

222. Professor Desiree E. Hellegers, Washington State University Vancouver, Washington, USA

223. Professor Leroi Henry, Working Lives Research Institute, Great Britain

224. Professor Sami Hermez, University of Pittsburgh, USA

225. Professor Elena Hernández Sandoica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

226. Shir Hever, Independent Economist/Researcher, Palestine-Israel

227. Dr. Tikva Honig-Parnas, Independent researcher, Israel

228. Professor (emeritus) Nicholas Hopkins, American University-Cairo, Egypt

229. Professor Nubar Hovsepian, Chapman University, Orange, California, USA

230. Professor LeAnne Howe, University of Illinois, Urbana, USA

231. Professor Javier Tébar Hurtado, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona); y « Centre d’Estudis sobre les Èpoques Franquista i Democràtica » de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

232. Dr. Adrienne Hurley, McGill University, Canada

233. Professor (emeritus ) Heinz Hurwitz, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

234. Professor Noel Ignatiev, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA

235. Professor Takeji Ino, Wayo Women’s University, Japan

236. Perla Issa, PhD candidate, Exeter University, UK

237. Kumiko Isumisawa, Chief Librarian, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan

238. Professor (emeritus) Yuzo Itagaki, University of Tokyo, Japan

239. Professor Ferran Izquierdo Brichs, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

240. Dr Hana Jaber, Histoire du Monde arabe contemporain, Collège de France, Paris, France

241. Professor Richard Jackson, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, NZ

242. Dr. Tim Jacoby, University of Manchester, UK

243. Hazem Jamjoum, PhD student, New York University, USA/Palestine

244. Dr. Colleen Jankovic, US Film Scholar, Al-qaws organization, AlQuds/Jerusalem, Palestine

245. Tineke E. Jansen, Independent researcher, former IOHA Council member, England

246. Professor Maher Jarrar, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

247. Dr.Lena Jayyusi, Researcher, author, Palestine

248. Professor Shamil Jeppie, University of Cape Town, South Africa

249. Craig Jones, Phd student, University of British Columbia, Canada

250. Chrischene Julius, Collections, Research and Documentation Dept District Six Museum, South Africa

251. Professor Ray Jureidini, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon

252. Professor Sharif Kanaana (retired), Birzeit University, Palestine

253. Professor Rhoda Kanaaneh, Columbia University, New York, USA

254. Samar Kanafani, PhD Candidate, University of Manchester, UK

255. Claudia Karas, Alliance for a Just Peace in Palestine, Germany

256. Professor, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University, Middletown,
Connecticut, USA

257. Dr. Fatma Kassem, Independent researcher, Israel

258. Professor Michael Keefer, University of Guelph, Canada

259. Professor Paul Kelemen, University of Manchester, UK

260. Professor Robin D. Kelley, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

261. Emma Jean Kelly, PhD Candidate, Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand

262. Dr. Bryan Kelly, Queens University, Belfast, N. Ireland

263. Professor Emeritus Douglas Kerr, Case Western Reserve University, USA

264. Professor Amy Kesselman (emerita), State University of New York at New Paltz, USA

265. Professor Jamil Khader, Stetson University, USA

266. Dr. Abdulhadi Khalaf (retired) Center of Middle East Studies, Lund University, Sweden

267. Professor Muhammad Ali Khalidi, York University, Canada

268. Professor Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University, USA

269. Professor Tarif Khalidi, Center for Arab & ME Studies, American University, Beirut Lebanon

270. Professor Asem Khalil, Birzeit University, Palestine

271. Dr. Laleh Khalili, Reader in Politics, SOAS, University of London, England

272. Suraya Khan, doctoral candidate, Rice University, USA

273. Dr. Agnes Khoo, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds, UK

274. Dr. Miyuki Kinjo, Post-doctoral researcher (Palestine/Israel), Ritsumeikan
University, Japan

275. Professor Gary Kinsman, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada

276. Professor Dina Kiwan, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

277. Professor David Klein, California State University, Northridge, USA

278. Dr. Felipe Gustavo Koch Buttelli, Lecturer in the Religions Science Faculty,
Regional University of Blumenau (FURB), Brazil

279. Dr. Dennis Kortheuer, California State University, Long Beach, USA

280. Professor Rubén Kotler, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina

281. Professor Yoshiko Kurita, Chiba University, Japan

282. Professor Eileen Kuttab, Birzeit University, Palestine

283. Professor Hidemitsu Kuroki, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan

284. Dr. C S Lakshmi, SPARROW Sound & Picture Archives for Research on Women, Mumbai India

285. Dr David Landy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

286. Professor Nadia Latif, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

287. Professor Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw), Indigenous Studies, York University, Canada

288. Zoe Lawlor, University of Limerick Language Centre, Ireland

289. Kent Lebsock, Owe Aku International Justice Project

290. Dr. Clint LeBruyns, Theology and Development Program, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

291. Professor Ronit Lentin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

292. Dr. Les Levidow, Open University, UK

293. Professor (emerita) Abby Lippman, McGill University, Canada

294. Professor Miren Llona, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea; former Council member, IOHA, Spain

295. Professor David Colles Lloyd, University of California, Riverside

296. Dr. Elisabeth Longuenesse, (CNRS) Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, France

297. Professor Maria Losé Lera, Seville University, Spain

298. Arab Lotfi, film maker, university lecturer, journalist, writer, Lebanon

299. Professor (emeritus) Andrew Lugg, University of Ottawa, Canada

300. Professor Rashmi Luther, Carleton University, Canada

301. Dr. Staughton Lynd, oral historian, lawyer, activist

302. Professor (emeritus) Moshé Machover, Kings College, University of London, England

303. Dr. Alex Lubin, Director, Center for American Studies and Research, American University of Beirut; University of New Mexico (on leave) – USA/Lebanon

304. Dr. Kenneth Macnab (retired), University of Sydney, Australia

305. Professor Karim Makdisi, American University of Beruit, Lebanon

306. John Marquez, PhD Student, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

307. Hala Marshood, Student, Humanities Faculty, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine

308. Dr. Michael Marten, Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies and Religion, University of Stirling, Scotland

309. Professor Rocio Medina Martin, Universidad Pablo de Olavide Sevilla, España

310. Professor Nur Masalha, SOAS, University of London, England

311. Mai Masri, Producer/Director/Writer, Palestine

312. Dr. Norma Masriyyeh, Bethlehem University, Palestine

313. Professor Joseph Massad, Columbia University, New York, USA

314. Dra. Mariana Mastrángelo, Departamento de Historia y Programa de Historia
Oral, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

315. Marie-eve Mathieu, teacher, Édouard-Montpetit College, Canada

316. Professor Dina Mattar, SOAS, University of London, England

317. Dr. Rachel Mattson, public historian, archivist, educator, New York, USA

318. Professor (lecturer) Mary McDonald-Rissanen University of Tampere, Finland

319. Des McGuinness, School of Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland

320. Dr. Bill McSweeney, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

321. Gerardo Médica, Programa de Historia Oral de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

322. Professor Tariq Mehmood Ali, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

323. Dr. Daniel Meier, University of Oxford, UK

324. Dr. Willem Meijs, independent language consultant, Birmingham, UK

325. Mar Gijon Mendigutia, PhD candidate, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain,

326. Professor Anne Meneley, Trent University, Canada

327. Meena R. Menon, author and oral historian, Delhi, India

328. Professor Alicia de los Rios Merino, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Mexico

329. Professor Laurie K. Mercier, Washington State University Vancouver, USA

330. Professor Teresa Mesa, Macalester College, Minesota, USA

331. Professor William Messing, University of Minnesota, USA

332. Sephai Mngqolo- Oral Historian- McGregor Museum-Kimberley-Northern Cape, South Africa

333. Jennifer Mogannam, Ph. D. candidate, University of California, San Diego

334. Professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University, New York, USA

335. Professor Shahrzad Mojab, University of Toronto, Canada

336. Professor Antonio Montenegro, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

337. Professor Marcos Fábio Freire Montysuma, Universidade Federal de Santa
Catarina, e membro da Associação Brasileira de História Oral (ABHO), Brasil

338. Professor (retired) Joy Moore, Dawson College, Canada

339. Professor Annalies Moors, Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, NL

340. Dr. Amelia Rivaud Morayta, Universidad Autónoma de Xochimilco, México

341. Professor Scott Morgensen, Queen’s University, Canada

342. Professor Faten Morsy, Ain Shams University, Egypt

343. Professor Amir Mufti, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

344. Professor Ahlam Muhtaseb, California State University, San Bernardino, USA

345. Professor Suroopa Mukherjee, University of Delhi, India-

346. Dr. Corinna Mullin, University of Tunis, Tunisia

347. Professor (emerita) Martha Mundy, London School of Economics, UK

348. Dr. M.J. Muskens, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands

349. Professor Cynthia Myntti, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

350. Professor Nadine Naber, University of Illinois Chicago, USA

351. Dr. Karma Nabulsi, University of Oxford, UK

352. Professor Premilla Nadasen, Queens College, City of New York, USA

353. Professor Eiji Nagasawa, Vice Director, Institute for Advanced Study on Asia, The University of Tokyo, Japan

354. Dr. Khalil Nakhleh, researcher and writer, Palestine

355. Dr. Dorothy Naor, Independent researcher, Israel

356. Professor Salem H. Nasser, São Paulo School of Law of Fundação Getúlio Vargas), Brazil

357. Professor Tahia Abdel Nasser, American University in Cairo, Egyp

358. Professor Gustavo Cortés Navarro, Oral History Program of the Congress of Tucumán

359. Dr. Gerardo Negoechea Gracia, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México

360. Dr. Marcy Newman, Independent Scholar, India

361. Dr. Sonia Nimr, Birzeit University, Palestine

362. Professor (retired) Sam Noumoff, McGill University, Canada

363. Professor Isis Nusair, Denison University, Ohio, USA

364. Dr Barra O’Donnabhain, University College Cork, Ireland

365. Dr. Féilim Ó’Hadhmaill, University College Cork, Ireland

366. Professor Mari Oka, Kyoto University, Japan

367. Professor Gary Y. Okihiro, Columbia University, New York, USA

368. Hussein Omar, PhD student, University of Oxford, UK

369. Ms. Maria Laura Ortiz, Oral History Program, University of Buenos Aires; Fellow, National Council for Science and Technology (CONICET), Argentina

370. Professor Edna Ovalle, Universidad Autónoma de Xochimilco, México

371. Imranali Panjwani, PhD student, Kings College, University of London, UK

372. Professor Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, England

373. Professor Sylvie Paquerot, University of Ottawa, Canada

374. Professor Paul Parker, Baltzer Distinguished Professor of Religion, Elmhurst College, USA

375. Dr Nigel Parsons, School of People, Environment & Planning, Massey University, NZ

376. Professor Laura Pasquali, National University of Rosario, Argentina

377. Dr. Professor Jaime Pastor, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Spain

378. Professor Willie Van Peer, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

379. Dr. Ana Pego, Business and Economic Studies Department, Open University, Lisbon, Portugal

380. Professor Patricia Pensado Leglise, Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José Ma. Luis Mora, México

381. Professor Sylvain Perdigon, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

382. Professor Niurka Pérez Rojas, Universidad de La Habana, Cuba

383. Professor Julie Peteet, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA

384. Dr. Elizabeth Picard, Directeur de Recherche (emerita), National Centre for
Scientific Research (CNRS), France

385. Professor Gabriel Piterberg, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

386. David Polden, independent researcher, Committee for Nuclear Disarmament, London, UK

387. Dr. Pablo A. Pozzi, Director Oral History Program, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

388. Dr. Nicola Pratt, University of Warwick, UK

389. Dr. Nicolas Puig, Researcher, L’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) France

390. Professor Trevor Purvis, Carleton University, Canada

391. Dr. Neshat Quaiser, Jamia Millia Islamia, Central University, New Delhi, India

392. Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities, Palestine

393. Dua’a Qurie, Executive Director, The Palestinian NGO Network, Ramallah, Palestine

394. Professor (emeritus) Basem Ra’ad, Al Quds University, Palestine

395. Kareem Rabie, Graduate student, City University of New York, USA

396. Professor Anandi Ramamurthy, University of Central Lancashire, UK

397. Jorge Ramos Tolosa, researcher and professor, Universitat de València, Spain

398. Professor Junaid Rana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

399. Denis Rancourt, Former Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada

400. Professor Marwan Rashed, Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne, Paris

401. Professor Marilynn A. Rashid, Wayne State University, USA

402. Morteza Rasoulipour, Head of Oral History, Institute for Iranian
Contemporary Historical Studies, Tehran, Iran

403. Professor Frances Ravensbergen, Concordia University, Canada

404. Professor Stuart Rees, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

405. Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe, Exeter University, UK

406. Professor (emerita) Rosalie Riegle, Saginaw Valley State University,
Michigan, USA

407. Professor Martina Rieker, American University of Cairo, Egypt

408. Dr. Rebecca Roberts, Independent scholar, UK

409. Professor Lisa Rofel, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

410. Professor Shira Robinson, George Washington University, USA

411. Professor Eleanor Roffman, Lesley University, Mass., US

412. Professor Ben Rogaly, University of Sussex, UK

413. Professor Barbara Romaine, Villanova University, USA

414. Professor Vincent Romani, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada

415. Professor Caroline Rooney, University of Kent, UK

416. Professor (emerita) Hilary Rose, University of Bradford & Gresham College, London, UK

417. Professor (emeritus) Steven Rose, Open University & Gresham College, London, UK

418. Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, London School of Economics, University of London, UK

419. Professor Andrew Ross, New York University, USA

420. Professor (emeritus) Marty Roth, University of Minnesota, USA

421. Professor Reuben Roth, Laurentian University, Canada

422. Dr. Alice Rothchild, MD, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, USA

423. Dr. Bashir Saade, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

424. Professor Hanan Sabea, American University-Cairo, Egypt

425. Professor Adam Sabra, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

426. Professor Fatima Sadiqi, Senior Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies; Co-founder, International Institute for Languages and Cultures (INLAC), Fez, Morocco

427. Ann Sado, Independent lecturer, former Board member, Japan Oral History Association, Tokyo

428. Professor (emeritus) Sadao Sakai, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan

429. Professor Masaki Sakiyama, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

430. Professor Steven Salaita, Virginia Tech, USA

431. Professor Omar Jabary Salamanca, Ghent University, Belgium

432. Professor Therese Saliba, Evergreen State College, USA

433. ****

434. Professor Ruba Salih, SOAS, University of London, UK

435. Professor Nisreen Salti, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

436. Dr. Adel Samara, author, editor Kanaan Review, Occupied Palestine

437. Mandy Sanger, Education Manager, District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

438. Maddy Santos, Graduate student, Carleton University, Canada

439. Professor Romola Sanyal, London School of Economics, UK

440. Dr. Leena Saraste, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

441. Professor Cecilia Sardenberg, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil

442. Professor Surajit Sarkar – Ambedkar University, Delhi. India

443. Dr. Rosemary Sayigh, Center for Arab and ME Studies,American University of Beirut, Lebanon

444. Professor (emeritus) Robert M. Schaible, University of Southern Maine, USA

445. Professor (emeritus) Pierre Schapira, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

446. Dr. Leonardo Schiocchet, Guest Researcher, Institute for Social Anthropology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Post-doctoral grantee CAPES, Brazil

447. Professor Sarah Schulman, ACT UP Oral History Project, New York, USA

448. Professor Richard Seaford, University of Exeter, UK

449. Professor (emerita) Evalyn F. Segal, PhD, San Diego State University, USA

450. Professor May Seikaly, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA

451. Professor Sherene Seikaly, American University in Cairo, Egypt

452. Bassem Serham, Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Qatar

453. Professor Jihane Sfeir, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

454. Dr. Anthony F. Shaker, Visiting Scholar McGill University, Montreal, Canada

455. Professor Amr Shalakany, American University in Cairo, Egypt

456. Professor Anton Shammas, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

457. Dorothy Sheridan, Honorary Professor of History (retired), University of Sussex , UK.

458. Dr. Magid Shihade, Birzeit University, Palestine

459. Professor Alan Louis Shihaden, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

460. Professor (emeritus) Kazuko Shiojiri, University of Tsukuba; Tokyo International University; Director, Institute of International Exchange (IIET), Japan

461. Professor (retired) Renate Siebert, Università della Calabria, Cosenza, Italia

462. Professor Andor Skotnes, Chair, Dept. of History and Society, The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY, USA

463. Professor Souad Slim, University of Balamand, Lebanon

464. Professor Eva Smagacz, National Health Service, UK

465. Richard Saumarez Smith, Professor, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

466. Dr. Graham Smith, Oral History Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London

467. Dr. Kobi Snitz, Weizmann Institute, Israel

468. Mag. (Magister) Carol Ana Solis, Researcher, teacher, National University of Cordoba, Argentina

469. Professor Rajini Srikanth, University of Massachusets, Boston, USA

470. Professor Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law, Washington, USA

471. Dr. Jane Starfield, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

472. Professor Ted Steinberg, Case Western Reserve University, USA

473. Professor Judith Stevenson, California State University, Long Beach, USA

474. Suzy Subways, SLAM! Herstory Project, New York, NY

475. Professor Akiko Sugase, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan

476. Dr. Ziad Suidan, Independent scholar, USA

477. Dr Mayssun Sukarieh , Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown
University, USA

478. Jaber Suleiman, Independent Researcher, Lebanon

479. Sady Sullivan, Independent Oral Historian Brooklyn, New York, USA

480. Dr. Hitoshi Suzuki, Area Study Center, Institute of Developing Economies,

481. Linda Tabar, Post doctoral fellow University of Toronto, Canada

482. Professor Paul Tabar, Director, Institute for Migration Studies, Lebanese American Univ., Lebanon

483. Professor Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College, New York, USA

484. Rabah Tahraoui ,Professeur ,Université de Rouen, France

485. Professor Carlo Taibo, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

486. Professor Ghada Talhami, Lake Forest College, Illinois, USA

487. Professor Vera Tamari, Birzeit University, Palestine

488. Professor Lisa Taraki, Birzeit University, Palestine

489. Sibel Taylor, PhD candidate, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England

490. Professor Sunera Thobani, University of British Columbia, Canada

491. Professor Jean-Pierre Thys, Erasme Hospital , University of Brussels, Belgium

492. Professor Simona Tobia, University of Reading, UK

493. Professor (retired) Chizuko Tominaga, Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Japan

494. Professor Barry Trachtenberg, University of Albany, New York, USA

495. Professor Judith Tucker, Georgetown University, USA

496. Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Pro Vice Chancellor Māori, Dean of Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao The School of Māori and Pacific Development, The University of Waikato, New Zealand

497. Professor Masaki Uno, Hiroshima City University, Japan

498. Professor Sharon Utakis, Bronx Community College, City University of New York, USA

499. Professor C. Utathya, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

500. Professor Salim Vally, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

501. Professor Lance van Sittert, University of Cape Town, South Africa

502. Dr. Toine Van Teeffelen, Arab Educational Institute, Bethlehem, Palestine

503. Sherry Vatter (emerita), California State University, Long Beach, USA

504. Professor Agustin Velloso, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED) Madrid, Spain

505. Cristina Viano- historiadora-Universidad Nacional de Rosario-Argentina –

506. Professor Kamala Visweswaran, University of Texas, USA

507. Dr. Franck Waille, Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA), France

508. Naomi Wallace, Independent scholar, award-winning playwright, UK/USA

509. Professor Robert Warrior, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

510. Professor Devra Weber, University of California, Riverside, USA

511. Dr. Livia Celine Wick, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

512. Professor Mark R. Westmoreland, American University Cairo, Egypt

513. Professor Johnny Eric Williams, Trinity College, USA

514. Professor Ulrike Woehr, Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima, Japan

515. Cristina Viano, historiadora-Universidad Nacional de Rosario-Argentina

516. Dr. Patrick Wolfe, La Trobe University, Australia

517. Adel Yahya, Director, Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange (PACE),
Ramallah, Palestine

518. Yoshihiro Yakushige, PhD student, Kyoto University, Japan

519. Dr. Hala Yameni, Bethlehem University, Bethlehem, Palestine

520. Professor Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

521. Professor Masae Yuasa, Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima, Japan

522. Professor (emeritus)Takehi Yukawa, Keio University, Japan

523. Omar Zahzah, PhD student, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

524. Professor Hatem Zaag, University Paris 13, France

525. Professor (emeritus) Elia Zureik, Queen’s University, Canada

**** the name has been removed following the request of the signer

Endorsed by the following Academic and Cultural Boycott Campaigns: Academics for Palestine (Ireland); AURDIP (France); BAB (Germany); BOYCOTT! (Israel); BRICUP (UK); InCACBI (India); PACBI (Palestine); PBAI (Spain); USACBI (USA) – and by the Alternative Information Centre (Israel); Groundwell: Oral Historians for Social Change, core working group; Independent Jewish Voices Canada; University of Toronto SJP (Canada); SJP of UCLA – and by Ronnie Kasrils, former South African government minister, anti-apartheid activist and writer.

List updated 02/05/2014

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The UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights defines academic freedom to include:

the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfill their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the state or any other actor, to participate in professional or representative academic bodies, and to enjoy all the internationally recognized human rights applicable to other individuals in the same jurisdiction. The enjoyment of academic freedom carries with it obligations, such as the duty to respect the academic freedom of others, to ensure the fair discussion of contrary views, and to treat all without discrimination on any of the prohibited grounds. [10], emphasis added]

Keeping this definition in mind, we are keenly aware of the importance of the academic freedom of the individual, but also believe that such freedoms should not extend automatically to institutions. Judith Butler reminds us that: “our struggles for academic freedom must work in concert with the opposition to state violence, ideological surveillance, and the systematic devastation of everyday life.” [11]

It is incumbent on academics to develop such a nuanced understanding of academic freedom if we are to call for social justice and work alongside the oppressed in advancing their freedom, equality and self-determination.
The Israeli academy is not the bastion of dissent and liberalism it is purported to be by those who defend Israel and attempt to delegitimize the call for academic boycott. The vast majority of the Israeli academic community is oblivious to the oppression of the Palestinian people–both inside Israel and in the occupied territory–and has never opposed the practices and policies of their state. In fact, they duly serve in the reserve forces of the occupation army and, accordingly are likely to be either perpetrators of or silent witnesses to the daily brutality of the occupation. They also do not hesitate to partner in their academic research with the security-military establishment that is the chief architect and executor of the occupation. A petition Drafted by four Israeli academics merely calling on the Israeli government “to allow [Palestinian] students and lecturers free access to all the campuses in the [occupied] Territories, and to allow lecturers and students who hold foreign passports to teach and study without being threatened with withdrawal of residence visas,” was endorsed by only 407 out of 9,000 Israeli academics – less than 5% of those who were invited to sign it. [12]


[1] The decision was published in the official Israeli Gazette (the Hebrew edition), number 1425. It was therefore « legalized » by Israel. This land, for the most part, was (still is) privately owned by Palestinians living in that area. A large part of the confiscated land was then given to the Hebrew University to expand its campus (mainly its dormitories). The Palestinian landowners refused to leave their lands and homes arguing that the confiscation order of 1968 was illegal. When the case was taken to the Jerusalem District Court in 1972 (file no. 1531/72), the court ruled in favor of the University and the state, deciding that the Palestinian families must evacuate their homes and be offered alternative housing. See also

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[2] Keller, U. (2009) the Academic Boycott of Israel and the Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions in Occupation of Palestinian Territories. The Economy of the Occupation: A Socioeconomic Bulletin: Alternative Information Centre.








[10] UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, “The Right to Education (Art.13),” December 8, 1999

[11] Judith Butler. « Israel/Palestine and the Paradoxes of Academic Freedom. » in: Radical Philosophy, Vol. 135. pp. 8-17, January/February 2006. (Accessed on December 10, 2011)