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40 University of Sydney Academics Pledge to Boycott Israel

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Over 40 staff members at the University of Sydney in Australia have vowed to avoid collaborating with Israeli academic institutions and their leaders, in support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign.

The pledge, signed by professors and research fellows, calls on Israel to comply with “international law and elementary principles of human rights,” including by recognizing the “right of return” of Palestinians to territories they claim in Israel. Critics argue that allowing such an influx of Palestinian refugees from the 1948 Israeli Independence War and their millions of descendants into Israel would effectively turn it into a Palestinian state.

Nick Riemer, a senior lecturer in English and linguistics at the University of Sydney, told The Australian that the campaign was spurred following recent riots at the Israel-Gaza border that have resulted in the death of over 30 Palestinians, according to figures from the Gaza Health Ministry.

The protests — which have been backed by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip — similarly call on Israel to accept the “right of return” of Palestinian refugees and their descendants. The Israeli military has accused some demonstrators of approaching the Gaza border fence with firebombs, rocks, and assault rifles, and maintains that many of the fatalities were affiliated with terrorist groups including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Palestinian factions argue that the protests have been largely peaceful and the protesters unarmed.

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“The fact that, that can be ­tolerated by the international community is one of the things that necessitates boycott actions by civil society, and the academic boycott is part of that,” Riemer said.

He claimed that some individuals at the University of Melbourne were talking about launching a similar initiative. “It would be highly desirable if this went national,” he said.

But others have condemned the group, which does not appear to participate in an academic boycott of any other nation.

“It seems that every time Israel is attacked and forced to defend ­itself, certain academics at Sydney University take it upon themselves to criticise not the terrorist group Hamas, responsible for the problem, but reiterate their longstanding, destructive demands for boycotts of Israel,” Colin Rubenstein, executive director of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, told The Australian.

“If these few academics who it is claimed have signed the pledge were really concerned for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation, they would be condemning the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.”

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  • mikeatkron

    Well said!

  • mikeatkron

    These morons are mental midgets, lacking basic intellectual skills, as well as being moral degenerates!

  • mikeatkron

    Absolutely! Also boycott the Ozzies in return, which means no licensing of Israeli medical, defense, or other technologies. If Australia experiences a pandemic, or an invasion by the Chinese, they are on their own; let the basturds suffer the consequences of their short-sighted thinking!

  • mikeatkron

    The word is spelled “chutzpa” and I agree!

  • BonniePrinceCharlie

    Stupid ignorant brainwashed people. Their loss. Israel doesn’t need them.

  • John Rogers

    I see that Australia needs an influx of moslems to be inline with its policies.

    • mikeatkron

      Why not let the Ozzies settle the Palestinians in the Outback and let them establish their own state there. Then, once they start bombing Christian Churches, Synagogues and other Houses of Worship in Sydney and Melbourne and trying to convert everyone to Islam at the point of the sword, or gun, let them complain about how lacking in civilization the Palestinians are. The European countries, who have let the Arab refugees in have experienced vast increases in the incidents of rape of women and children, thievery and incidents of terrorism. Anyone who thinks that Arabs will do nothing more nefarious than “shtup” (molest) the sheep are candidates for the “Darwin Awards (See:” and setting their country up for invasion and conquest by barbarians!

  • high treason

    These academics need to be sacked- not necessarily because of their views, but because they are so gullible they fall for the lies and propaganda from Hamas. Anyone who knows anything about Islam should know that Muslims are commanded to lie to Infidels for the cause of Allah. Taqiyya, Kitman, Tawiyra and Miruna – the levels of lying.
    These academics have shown how sloppy they are at research. Who would want such sloppy and negligent operators teaching students?
    Name and shame these sloppy fools. Let students know who are the fools running their worthless courses.

    • SteveC1

      – Very good point. If “academics” employed at universities demonstrate such inability to exhibit genuine academic leadership then they should be fired… and student placements at institutions that harbor such dim-witted hate mongers should be actively discouraged.

  • Jeffrey

    Read this clause-“We note that while this commits us to fully breaking ties with Israeli academic institutions, it does not preclude continuing collaboration with individual Israeli researchers who do not occupy leadership roles in them”.- Not only are they Anti-Semitic but they are hypocritical cowards that will engage ‘through the back door’- if it serves their purposes- I hope that Israeli academia and Academics worldwide who have integrity will copy this list and use it as a blacklist and will never collaborate or engage with any of these spineless, misguided ‘academics’ from the University of where? Who?

  • Sraddha

    And they’ve all turned in their Intel chips and cell phones. Not.