Category: Columns

Dispute within Max Planck Society over ties to Israel

Statement from a collective of academics in solidarity with Palestine from The Max Planck Society:

The Max Planck Society (MPS) is a government-funded research organisation in Germany that comprises 85 research institutes (most of which are also based in Germany), and it is one of the most successful such organisations worldwide. Therefore, its academic and non-academic employees come from various backgrounds, and the MPS prides itself on the diversity it fosters. However, this position has not always been reflected in the political statements and stances that the MPS has expressed over the years, its continuous support and collaboration with Israeli research institutions, which partake in the apartheid regime in occupied Palestine, being a prime example of this.

Defending our students committed to Palestine

As teachers, doctoral students, researchers and faculty members at Sciences Po and other universities, we express our full support for students that participated in the occupation organised the morning of Tuesday 12th March, in response to the call of the Academic Coordination Against Colonization in Palestine (ACACP)to organise a day of academic support for the Palestinian people.

Statement on Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Leaders from 25 Latin American and Caribbean nations convene at the CELAC Summit in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, reaffirming commitment to peace in the region. They express grave concern over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, condemning civilian casualties and endorsing a UN demand for an immediate ceasefire. The leaders call for the release of hostages, support UNRWA, stress the importance of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, and note ongoing cases before the International Court of Justice to determine if Israel’s actions constitute genocide. They decide to establish a monitoring mechanism under the presidency of Honduras for peace efforts.