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Ariel U Scientist Decries Israeli Sociologists’ Boycott Call; Says ‘Diseases Have No Borders’

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An Israeli scientist took issue with this week’s call by a group of Israeli sociologists to boycott his university, due to its location in the West Bank.

“We have many hundreds of Arab students,” Moshe Rogosnitzky, director of Ariel University’s Center for Drug Repurposing, told The Algemeiner on Wednesday, in response.

Rogosnitzky recounted:

Once a UN InterPeace representative was visiting with me on campus. He was amazed to see so many Arab students. He approached one and asked him why he doesn’t see it wrong to study at an institution on “occupied” land. The student’s answer was plain and simple. “Where should I study instead? Hebrew University? Tel Aviv University? Haifa? Ben-Gurion? They are all on occupied land.”

Rogosnitzky — whose announcement of his center’s discovery of a new method to stop uncontrolled bleeding common to stab and other deep wounds happened to coincide with the sociologists’ boycott call — also explained to The Algemeiner why he believes boycotting an institution of higher learning in Israel because it is situated in Samaria is wrong:

With the research projects we have at the Center for Drug Repurposing, we have ongoing collaborations with many Arab countries, including Libya, Turkey, Iran, United Arab Emirates and others. Diseases have no borders and mankind’s quest for health is universal. I am happy that we can contribute our share to creating a better future for mankind and I feel sorry for those who prefer to destroy hope with misguided philosophies.

I would call upon those who advocate for academic and other boycotts, to perform a controlled study to assess whether they have delivered any benefit to those audiences they profess to care for. So far many thousands of Palestinian families have lost their livelihood and future hope thanks to these boycotts.

On Monday, the newly elected president of the Israeli Sociological Society (ISS) called for the boycott.

“We will not cooperate with the institute known as Ariel University, which is not located within the bounds of the state of Israel,” Prof. Uri Ram of Ben-Gurion University told Israel’s Army Radio, as the Jerusalem Post reported.

According to the Post, before such a boycott can be enacted, it must first be approved by a vote of the entire Society, scheduled to take place next month.

If it should pass, it would be the first time that an Israeli academic society has boycotted an Israeli university. The ISS would then join a number of non-Israeli academic societies that have endorsed boycotts of Israeli universities, including the American Studies Association, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and the National Women’s Studies Association.

The Algemeiner reached out to Ram, but no response was received by press time.

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  • Reform School

    Most left-wingers are pricks, but only Israeli scientists can remove D’s from their S-holes and keep BDS intact. Bibi can work with Sisi to establish a new school in Sinai on the Gaza border (named for King Farouk) and transfer the left-wing pricks to teach there. When Hamas and ISIS feed the profs their own pricks, they can rally around school flags, shouting “Farouk U.!” until the Red Heifer returns.

  • Talk about self-hating Jews!

  • William Lewis Wexler

    As perfectly and succinctly stated by Walt Kelly’s Pogo “We have met the enemy and he is us”.

  • ZG

    Israeli state should stop all financial support and recognition to groups boycotting other Israelis for political reasons.

  • An intellectually honest sociologist would be interested in how Arab and Israeli students interact at Ariel University. A genuine sociologist would be curious about collaborations with Arab nations because of the research from the Center for Drug Repurposing. And boycotts restrict academic freedom and close minds.

    • Saul Goldman

      Actually, a social scientist would be more interested in the demographics of those who advocate boycott as well as the demographics of those affected by the boycott. But, the new ISS president appears to be less of a social scientist than a social activist. In some ways he reminds me of those German scientists who allowed politics to infect their science.

  • Al Talena

    The arab student’s comment says it all. They consider all of Israel occupied. Our lefty groups do the work for the terrorists=TRAITORS

  • stevenl

    De-fund these antisemite’s research projects! This reveals the deep antisemitism renamed socialist perversion.
    Under the leftists of the world (Hitler, Stalin, Mao etc) close to 200 hundred million people perished over a period of 2 decades. A Guinness Book World Record. The left is proud.

  • Mickey Oberman

    ” Israeli sociologists to boycott his university, due to its location in the West Bank.”

    These ‘brilliant’ Israeli Sociological Society sociologists have proven Rogosnitzky’s argument that “Diseases have no borders…”

    They have caught the dreadful virus of anti Semitism.

    • Paul

      Nope ! They have caught the dreadful virus of anti colonialism, a virus caught by all western countries.
      The most powerful force working for the destruction of Israel is israel’s right-wing nationalist ideology, which is strengthening our enemies and weakening ourselves.
      How do we justify our colonialism ? Because God is with us ? Because we are the chosen race !! Have we not heard these exact sentiments expressed as moral justification by the most horrible, inhuman people ? 3000 years ago God promised Abraham that this land is for his offspring – therefore we hold other people at rifle-end for 50 years ????
      Abraham’s offspring included Ishmael, the father of the Arabs. They too believe in our God, only they use a different name. This means God’s promise include Arab claims to the West Bank. If the territories are really ours, why not make them a part of Israel and give all the residents there citizenship ?
      Nationalist messianic greed for possession of more holy land, in which a vast majority of Arabs live, will bury the dream of an enlightened Jewish state, as outlined in our declaration of independence. This is total, inadvertent self-destruction.

  • Robert Geller

    Amazing! Do these crazy Israeli sociologists have any idea what the BDS community will do with this “boycott”? Why do we keep destroying ourselves?

    This is the best example of why many people do not consider sociology a true science.

  • enufizenuf

    Sociologists, whether Israeli, American or Tasmanian are all, each and every one, worthless individuals who issue piles of excrement and call it research. It is THE pseudo-science of all time. They should all be ignored, because it isn’t legal to do worse.

  • marta mikey frid

    We Jewish people will never learn. Right throughout our history we suffered persecution as a result of our divisions and our shortsightedness when it comes to the understanding of our own evil intentions. These Israeli NGO’s who BDS the State of Israel, and Professors such as Uri Ram, have nothing positive to offer but only their cries for self-acclaim. They use the Palestinian-Israeli impasse as a means toward their own ends. That is the philosophical definition of evil.

  • Livin’ Out Loud

    How very sad…✌?️❤️??

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    “We will not cooperate with the institute known as Ariel University, which is not located within the bounds of the state of Israel,” Prof. Uri Ram of Ben-Gurion University told Israel’s Army Radio, as the Jerusalem Post reported. If such a treacherous resolution passes the entire membership of the ISS, then I say to you all of you: תתביישו!