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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What goes around comes around at Ben Gurion University

Be'er Sheva's Ben Gurion University has a number of faculty members who have been quite prominent in calling for others to boycott, divest and sanction Israel. And now it turns out they may have been quite successful - at having their own university boycotted.
Ben-Gurion University officials said Monday they were closely following political groups affiliated with Islam pressuring South Africa's University of Johannesburg to impose an academic boycott on the southern Israel institution.

Such boycott would see the termination of a signed agreement on a joint research project between the two schools.The project aims to solve water contamination problems in a reservoir near Johannesburg.

An official response issued Monday evening read, "The leadership of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is deeply disturbed by the attempts of certain political groups...applying pressure on the University of Johannesburg to boycott BGU and cancel a signed research collaboration agreement."

President Prof. Rivka Carmi said that "those opposed to this collaboration accuse BGU of 'abusing academic freedom, abusing human rights and being an accomplice to an Apartheid government system in Israel.' These accusations – and others made in their statements – are totally false and based upon ignorance and prejudice."
Read the whole thing.

Maybe now Carmi will get around to finding a way to fire Neve Gordon.


At 3:47 PM, Blogger Thermblog said...

Here's an article by Desmond Tutu on this, from a South African publication.


The comments are fun. E.g.

Yes, please do Ben Gurion a favour !

There's also the obligatory antisemitism of course.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I actually approve... let the Ben Gurion Far Leftists get it their way... what goes around comes around!


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