BOYCOTT ISRAELI CINEMA AND TV STUDIES CONFERENCE AT TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

[UPDATE 4/21: We urge current and new signers to this Call to contact current international participants and encourage them to withdraw. A current list of participants can be found here: http://www.tau.ac.il/~cineconf/Conf2014/Conf2014-Downloads.html and includes several well-known film/media scholars such as Thomas Elsaesser, Peter Decherney, Gertrud Koch, Michael Renov, Leshu Torchin and Philip Rosen. See the TAKE ACTION” section below and click here for a sample letter you can cut-and-paste into an e-mail requesting their withdrawal.

We are happy to announce that both Dr. Warren Buckland, Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University, and Dr. Teresa de Lauretis, Distinguished Professor Emerita of the History of Consciousness at University of California-Santa Cruz, who were invited to serve as plenary speakers at the conference, have declined or cancelled their participation. Please take a minute to thank them: https://donotapplyhebrewu.wordpress.com/336-2/https://donotapplyhebrewu.wordpress.com/letter-to-warren-buckland/]

Please add your signature to this Call by sending an e-mail with your name, affiliation (if desired), and location to boycottTAUfilmconference@gmail.com.

Affirming a commitment to the pursuit of social justice and to the right of political dissent and intellectual freedom that has long been central to the humanities and to the politically-minded, intellectual tradition of cinema and media studies, We, the Undersigned: Call for International Academics to Show Conscientious Respect for the Academic Boycott of Israel by Declining to Submit Proposals to, or Participate in, the Academic Conference, “10th International Tel Aviv Colloquium on Cinema and Television Studies: Cinematic Traces of Things to Come,” Sponsored by Tel Aviv University.

The Tel Aviv University Department of Film and Television will host this international colloquium on June 8-11, 2014.  The deadline for proposals was January 1, 2014; acceptance notices were to be delivered by February 15, 2014. The announcement for the colloquium invited potential participants to lend their international scholarly credentials to an Israeli academic institution, and in effect to cooperate with the academic normalization of Israel’s human and civil rights violations of its Palestinian citizens.

This boycott call follows on recent decisions by a growing number of international scholars and academic organizations and institutions to boycott Israeli institutions in protest of the US-supported Israeli occupation of Palestine, settlement expansion, the Israeli Wall, and other violations of international law.

Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University is complicit in Israel’s unequal treatment of Palestinians (5% of its student population), the majority of whom are citizens of the Israeli state, and the suppression of political dissent; for instance:

  •  Tel Aviv University has chosen to remain silent while the entire population of Gaza has been excluded by the Israeli government from the possibility of enrolling and studying at the university.  Palestinian students from Gaza have a better chance of acceptance at a university in the United States than at Tel Aviv University.[1]
  •  The Tel Aviv University administration restricts the freedom of speech and protest of Palestinian students by honoring the “Nakba Bill,”[2] discriminatory legislation meant to discourage academic discussion and public commemoration of a day of mourning, on the anniversary of the establishment of Israel, for the expulsion by Zionist and Israeli forces of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land, and the massacre of thousands more, during 1947-49. In a similar spirit, the University recently canceled a lecture commemorating Land Day that was to be given by Palestinian political figure Mohammed Kena’ana[3].
  •  Tel Aviv University requires potential enrollees to take psychometric exams, a combined aptitude and personality test that has been criticized as culturally biased.  The university likewise administers English language proficiency entrance exams that are structurally biased as a result of Israel’s “separate-but-equal” primary and secondary education system, which prioritizes and promotes Jewish Israeli advancement while under-funding and thus under-developing Palestinian-majority schools.[4]
  •  Like all Israeli universities, Tel Aviv University also adheres to an Israeli law which stipulates that universities must give special treatment to student military reservists—in the form of financial assistance, age restrictions for entry into particular programs, and student housing allotments. This evidences both Tel Aviv University’s complicity in the occupation and its discriminatory practices against Palestinian students, who are not required to serve in the Israeli military.  The university likewise discriminates against the small but significant number of Jewish conscientious objectors who refuse to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).[5]  
  • Tel Aviv University is participating in a settler-run archaeological dig in the “City of David” national park located in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, in violation of international law.[6]
  • Tel Aviv University, like most Israeli universities, is built on the land of a Palestinian Arab habitat, in this case, Shaykh Muwannis, a large village whose inhabitants were forcibly expelled by the IDF in early 1948. The story of the expulsion, destruction and erasure of this village is told by Professor Shlomo Sand of the Tel Aviv University Department of History.[7]  Part of Sand’s description details the five decades of silence and denial by the University of the facts of this expulsion.

Learn More

Learn more about the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) at http://www.pacbi.org/index.php. This campaign has developed strong followings in most European countries and is increasingly successful. Specific campaigns range from student union activism at university campuses in North America and Europe, to divestment efforts by teachers unions, to cultural boycott campaigns throughout the Arab world and in South Africa. More information about PACBI’s accomplishments is available from the British Committee for Universities in Palestine (BRICUP): http://www.bricup.org.uk.  Detailed answers to many more questions about the rationale, intent, and effectiveness of Academic and Cultural Boycott are available on the U.S. Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott (USACBI) website: http://www.usacbi.org/faqs/.

TAKE ACTION

  1. Sign and Forward this Open Letter to show your support and solidarity.  Film and media scholars are especially encouraged to sign, but all signatories are welcome.  Add your signature by sending an e-mail with your name, affiliation (if desired), and location to boycottTAUfilmconference@gmail.com.
  2. Send Tel Aviv U a “Withdrawal of Submission/Participation” Letter (cineconf@post.tau.ac.il), or encourage others to do so (a list of current participants can be found here: http://www.tau.ac.il/~cineconf/Conf2014/Conf2014-Downloads.html This action aims to encourage Israeli academics and academic administrators to take seriously the call for Academic Boycott and to understand its content, purpose and strategies—perhaps even to support the boycott. Consider adding the following paragraph to your communique:

I am categorically opposed to submitting to, participating in, or attending any academic event at Tel Aviv University, including the upcoming “Cinematic Traces of Things to Come Colloquium.” I strongly oppose the Israeli occupation of historic Palestine and the human rights and international law violations it entails, including Tel Aviv University’s complicity in these violations. I urge you to start an open discussion of Academic and Cultural Boycott, as well as broader BDS, at Tel Aviv University in order to better understand why I have declined to submit to this colloquium and why I join the world-wide movement responding to the call to boycott from Palestinian civil society. The following links provide additional background on the intent and strategy of Academic and Cultural Boycott: http://www.pacbi.org/index.php; http://www.usacbi.org/faqs/; http://www.bricup.org.uk.

ENDORSEMENTS

U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI)

British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP)

Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)

Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI)

New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT)

Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ)

Plataforma para el boicot académico a Israel – España (PBAI)

Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College (BC SJP)

EuroPalestine association France (CAPJPO)

Boycott from Within (http://boycottisrael.info)

 SIGNATORIES

1.   Prof. Neepa Majumdar, English and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh, USA

2.   Pam Sporn, filmmaker, Grito Productions, New York City, USA

3.   Dr. Terri Ginsberg, film and media scholar, New York City, USA

4.   Tami Gold, filmmaker and professor, New York City, USA

5.   Dr. Colleen Jankovic, film and gender studies scholar, California, USA

6.   Barbara Hammer, independent filmmaker & faculty, European Graduate School, New York City, USA

7.   John Greyson, filmmaker and Associate Professor, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

8.   Miranda Pennell, filmmaker & Ph.D. candidate, University of Westminster, London, UK

9.   Samirah Alkassim, filmmaker, Washington, DC, USA

10. Prof. Haim Bresheeth, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London; Director, Camera Obscura Films, UK

11. Prof. Robert Lang, Cinema, University of Hartford, CT, USA

12. Prof. Sean Cubitt, Film & TV, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

13. Tania Kamal-Eldin, independent filmmaker, Iowa, USA

14. Mary Ellen Davis, film production instructor and independent documentary director, Montréal, Québec, Canada

15. Linda Mokdad, Lecturer, Screen Arts & Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

17. Dr. Dina Matar, Director, Centre for Media and Film Studies, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, UK

18. Eyal Sivan, filmmaker, Honorary Fellow, European Center for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter, UK

19. Greg Burris, Doctoral candidate, Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

20. Sarah Schulman, co-founder, MIX: NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, USA

21. Sarah Farahat, intermedia artist, Portland, Oregon, USA

22. Rachel Webb Jekanowski, Ph.D. candidate, Film and Moving Image Studies, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

23. Prof. Christopher E. Gittings, Chair, Film Studies, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

24. Prof. John Smith, artist filmmaker, School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London, UK

25. Prof. Hoang Tan Nguyen, English and Film Studies, Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA, USA

26. Donna Wallach, filmmaker, San Jose, CA, USA

27. Dr. Lee Grieveson, Film Studies, University College London, UK

28. Prof. Louis-Georges Schwartz, Head of M.A. Program, School of Film, Ohio University, Athens, USA

29. Avi Hershkovitz, filmmaker, Marseille, France

30. Prof. Scott Ferguson, Film & New Media Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA

31. Prof. Steven Marsh, Spanish Film and Cultural Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

32. Prof. Damon R. Young, Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

33. Daniel Lindvall, Editor-in-Chief, Film International, Stockholm, Sweden

34. Louis Proyect, film critic, Counterpunch Magazine, USA

35. Carolyn Elerding, Film Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

36. Dr. Noah Zweig, Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

37. Prof. Richard Fung, video artist, Ontario College of Art & Design University, Toronto, Canada

38. Prof. Hagit Borer, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary University of London, UK

39. Jason Livingston, filmmaker, USA

40. Kathy Wazana, filmmaker, Toronto, Canada

41. Dr. Marc Siegel, Theater, Film and Media Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

42. Prof. Gloria Monti, Radio-TV-Film, California State University, Fullerton, CA, USA

43. Patty Ahn, Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

44. Catherine Harrington, Ph.D. candidate, Screen Cultures, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

45. Prof. Lauren Cook, Cinema, University of Hartford, CT, USA

46. Dr. Daniela Treveri Gennari, Reader in Film Studies, School of Arts, Oxford Brookes University, UK

47. Prof. Nicholas Sammond, Graduate Coordinator, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

48. Daniel Carnie, Film Studies graduate student, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

49. Prof. Cahal McLaughlin, Film Studies, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland

50. Dr. Milly Williamson, Film and Television Studies, Brunel University, London, UK

51. Dr. Anandi Ramamurthy, Film and Media Studies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

52. Prof. Mark Lynn Anderson, Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

53. Rudi Barnet, film professional, former Directeur of the Festival of San Sebastian (Spain), Brussels, Belgium

54. Tania Kamal-Eldin, independent producer, USA

55. Dr. Hossein Khosrowjah, Visiting Scholar, Visual Studies, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, USA

56. Dr. Glenn Bowman, Visual Anthropology, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

57. Prof. Roopali Mukherjee, Media Studies, Queens College, CUNY, New York City, USA

58. Prof. Sarita See, Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside, USA

59. Prof. Ece Algan, Communication Studies, California State University at San Bernardino, USA

60. Zoë Lawlor, Lecturer, Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick, Ireland

61. Prof. Emeritus Mica Nava, Cultural Studies, University of East London, UK

62. Mikki Stelder, Ph.D. candidate, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

63. Prof. Willie van Peer, Intercultural Hermeneutics, Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich, Germany

64. Sibel Taylor, doctoral candidate, Technology, Design & Environment, Oxford Brookes University, UK

65. Prof. Conrad Alexandrowicz, Theatre, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

66. Robert Haufrecht, actor, New York City, USA

67. Bud Korotzer, photographer, New York City, USA

68. Anna Sherbany, visual artist and photographer, UK

69. Prof. Rand Carter, Art History, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, USA

70. Prof. Hannah Feldman, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Art History, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

71. Prof. Mona Baker, Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester, UK

72. Prof.  Emeritus Sam Noumoff, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

73. John David Moore, M.S., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

74. Dr. Denis Rancourt, formerly Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada

75. Noa Shaindlinger, Ph.D. candidate, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

76. Prof. Randa Farah, Anthropology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

77. Prof. Michael Harris, Université Paris-Diderot, Paris, France

78. Dr. Ahmed Abbes, Directeur de Recherche au Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Bures-sur-Yvette, France

79. Uri Horesh, Lecturer in Arabic, Program in Middle East and North African Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

80. Dr. Rosemary Sayigh, oral historian and anthropologist, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

81. Dr. Chris Burns-Cox, formerly Clinical Teacher, Bristol University, UK

82. Prof. Ann Kibbey, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

83. Prof. Leo Parascondola, English, William Paterson University, New Jersey, USA

84. Dr. John Chalcraft, Associate Professor (Reader), Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

85. Prof. Emerita Sherna Berger Gluck, Women’s Studies and (Oral) History, California State University, Long Beach, USA

86. Prof. Emerita Marguerite G. Rosenthal, Social Work, Salem State University, MA, USA

87. Douglas Smith, Research, Translation and Interpretation, University of Ottawa, Canada

88. Prof. Cynthia Franklin, English, University of Hawai’i, Manoa, USA

89. Guliz Akkaymak, Ph.D. Candidate, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

90. Prof. Emerita Abby Lippman, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

91. Nadia Barhoum, Research Fellow, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley, USA

92. George Beres, faculty (retired), University of Oregon, Eugene, USA

93. Prof. Joseph Levine, Leverett, MA, USA

94. Prof. Ammiel Alcalay, Queens College, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York City, USA

95. Dr. Les Levidow, Senior Research Fellow, Development Policy and Practice, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

96. Prof. Haidar Eid, English, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza, Palestine

97. Prof. Andrew Ross, New York University, USA

98. Prof. Jean-Pierre Thys, Erasme University Hospital, Brussels, Belgium

99. Prof. David Heap, French & Linguistics, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

100. Mike Cushman, Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

101. Prof. Emerita Evalyn F. Segal, Behavior Analysis, San Diego State University, CA, USA

102. Prof. Lawrence Davidson, History, West Chester University, PA, USA

103. Prof. Salah D. Hassan, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA

104. Prof. Emeritus Rod Driver, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA

105. Prof. Ray Jureidini, Sociology, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon

106. Dr. Dennis Kortheuer, Lecturer, History, California State University, Long Beach, USA

107. Dr. Ronald Witton, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

108. Prof. David Klein, California State University, Northridge, USA

109. Rhon Teruelle, Ph.D. candidate, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

110. Dr. Aitor Hernández, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

111. Prof. Luz Gómez, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

112. Prof. Claudia Chaufan, Sociology and Health Policy, University of California-San Francisco, USA

113. Dr. Agustin Velloso, Lecturer, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain

114. Prof. Carlos Taibo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

115. Israel Morales Benito, Asamblea Universidad por Palestina de Alicante (AUPA), Spain

116. Prof. Elvira Souto, Ciencias da Educación, Universidade da Coruña, Galiza, Spain

117. Prof. Ramom Lôpez-Suevos Fernández, Ciencias Económicas e Empresariais, Universidade Santiago de Compostela, Galiza, Spain

118. Prof. Marcial Gondar Portosany, Filosofia, Universidade Santiago de Compostela, Galiza, Spain

119. Prof. Janice Peck, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

120. Dr. Ferran Izquierdo Brichs, Lecturer, International Relations, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

121. Prof. Benjamin de Lee, History, State University of New York, Cortland, USA

122. Prof. David Comedi, National Scientific and Technical Research Council; Physics, National University of Tucumán, Argentina

123. Prof. Rabah Tahraoui, Université de Rouen, France

124. Prof. émérite Baudouin Jurdant, Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7), France

125. Prof. honoraire Roshdi Rashed, Université de Tokyo, Japan; Directeur de recherche émérite au CNRS, Paris, France

126. Prof. William Messing, Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

127. Prof. Merrill Cole, English, Western Illinois University, Macomb, USA

128. Prof.  Samer Alatout, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

129. Prof. Tarif Khalidi, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

130. Prof. Laurence Dreyfus, University of Oxford, UK

131. Hon. Prof. John Docker, History, University of Sydney, Australia

132. Dr. Clint Le Bruyns, Director and Senior Lecturer, Theology and Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

133. Prof. Alexis Tadie, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, France

134. Dr. Hatem Zaag, CNRS, Director of Research, Université Paris 13, France

135. Prof. Jamil Khader, English, Stetson University, Deland, FL, USA

136. Prof. Adrienne Hurley, East Asian Studies, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

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

138. Rashmi Luther, Lecturer, School of Social Work, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

139. Prof. Colin Dayan, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

140. Dr. José Luis Moraguès, Maître de Conférences, Montpellier III – Retraité, France

141. Dr. Michel Gros, Chargé de Recherches, CNRS, Rennes, France

142. Marguerite Rollinde, Université Paris 8, France

143. Nicolás L. Kozameh, Mathematics and Physics, San Miguel de Tucamán, Argentina

144. Prof. Harriet Malinowitz, English; Writing Center Director, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, USA

145. Prof. Christoper Stone, Hunter College-City University of New York, USA

146. Mohammad Hamad, graduate student in Sociology, New School for Social Research, New York, NY, USA

147. Prof. Ali Nobil Ahmad, Lahore Institute of Management Sciences, Pakistan

148. Dr. Paul Kelemen, Sociology, University of Manchester, UK

149. Prof. Heike Schotten, Political Science, University of Massachusetts-Boston, USA

150. Shahd Wadi, Researcher in Feminist and Arab Women’s Studies, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

151. Nina Rao, Delhi University, India

152. Mary Cédric, Université Paris 8, Saint Denis, France

153. Velina Manolova, Ph.D. candidate, English, City University of New York Graduate Center, USA

154. Gary Bratchford, Ph.D. candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

155. Mary Eldin, M.A., Part-time Lecturer, Middle Eastern Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland

156. Paul Duffill, Part-time Lecturer, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, Australia

157. Yousef Eldin, communications graduate, Dublin, Ireland

158. Leila Forouhi, English Instructor, Lubbock, Texas, USA

159. Salah Dabbagh, former Lecturer, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

160. Salma Dabbagh, former Instructor, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

161. Ayo Ayola-Amale, Esq., educator, lawyer, poet, peace worker

162. Jeff Kipilman, teacher, Portland, OR, USA

163. Luna Olavarria Gallegos, Ithaca College, NY, USA

164. Judith Rodriguez, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA

165. Josiane Olff-Nathan, Université de Strasbourg, France

166. Patrick Wolfe, freelance historian, Australia

167. Didier Ortiz, Students for Justice in Palestine at Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

168.  Gabriella Kaiyal-Smith, President, Students for Justice in Palestine, University of Maryland-College Park, Tacoma Park, USA

169. Jane Jewell, 14 Friends of Palestine, Marin, CA, USA

170. Greta Berlin, the Free Gaza Movement, Cyprus

171. Pat Hewett, Friends of Sabeel, Colorado, USA

172. Maria Rodriguez, Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), London, UK

173. Elizabeth Morley, AberPSC, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

174. Michael Letwin, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return; Labor for Palestine, New York City, USA

175. Ned Rosch, Jewish Voice for Peace, Portland, Oregon, USA

176. Darlene Wallach, Justice for Palestinians, San Jose, CA, USA

177. Dr. Jack Dresser, Health Behavior Research Scientist, National vice-chair, Palestine and Middle East Working Group, Veterans for Peace; Co-director, Al-Nakba Awareness Project, Oregon, USA

178. William Thomas, Coordinator, New Hampshire Veterans for Peace, Auburn, NH, USA

179. Jean-Guy Greilsamer, Union Juive Française pour la Paix; Campagne BDS, France

180. André Rosevègue, co-Président de l’Union Juive Française pour la Paix, Bordeaux, France

181. Sonia Fayman, Union Juive Française pour la Paix; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; Cedetim: Platforme des Ong Françaises pour la Palestine, France

182. Perrine Olff-Rastegar, Collectif Judéo Arabe; Citoyen pour la Palestine, Strasbourg, France

183. Liliane Córdova, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

184. Olivia Zémor, president of EuroPalestine (Coordination des Appels pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient)

185. Ronnie Barkan, Boycott from Within, Tel Aviv, Israel

186. Gloria Bletter, Esq., National Lawyers Guild, New York City, USA

187. Thomas Beilman, retired Program Manager for a major US electronics company, Salem, OR, USA

188. Dr. Bill Dienst, family and ER physician, Omak, WA, USA

189. Dr. Hollis Reid, physician, Maryland, USA

190. Cristiano Conte Rodrigues da Cunha, Esq., Sao Paulo, Brazil

191. Jane Hirschmann, New York City, USA

192. Allison Brown, Brooklyn, NY, USA

193. Francine Korotzer, New York City, USA

194. Lila Coddington, Middlebury, CT, USA

195. Paul O’Hanlon, Edinburgh, Scotland

196. Mark Berman, USA

197. John R. Porter, Glasgow, Scotland

198. Meg Brizzolara, San Quentin, CA, USA

199. Dr. Tapas Ray, Kolkata, India

200. Maimoona Mollah, India

201. Dennis Brasky, USA

202. Ted Auerbach, New York City, USA

203. Smadar Carmon, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

204. Joanne Gullion, USA

205. Afroze Ali, India

206. Victor Mow, Hallandale, FL, USA

207. Gérard Clady, Molsheim, France

208. James Edward Tarlton, UK

209. Paul Smalley, Houston, TX, USA

210. Michael Fearneyhough, Darlington, County Durham, UK

211. Rita Pascácio, Lisbon, Portugal

212. Anthony Lombardi, Pennsylvania. USA

213. David Atwood, Chicago, IL, USA

 Notes

[1] Yara Sa’di, “Israel’s repression of Palestinian students reaches new high during Gaza attacks,” The Electronic Intifada 28 November 2012: http://electronicintifada.net/content/israels-repression-palestinian-students-reached-new-level-during-gaza-attack/11948; Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel, “Gaza students to Margaret Atwood: reject Tel Aviv U. prize,” The Electronic Intifada 6 April 2010: http://electronicintifada.net/content/gaza-students-margaret-atwood-reject-tel-aviv-u-prize/1043;  “Story of student from Gaza,” Right to Education Campaign, 26 March 2007: http://nyact.net/testimonies/#student%20from%20Gaza.

 [2] Patrick O. Strickland, “Despite threats, students to commemorate Nakba at Tel Aviv University,” The Electronic Intifada 10 May 2013: http://electronicintifada.net/content/despite-threats-students-commemorate-nakba-tel-aviv-university/12445; The Youth Empowerment Project and The Academic Watch, Annual Summary Report 2011-2012, The Arab Cultural Association, November 2012, pp. 25-30 : http://againstcornelltechnion.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/academic-watch_-report1.pdf.

[3] Jan Walraven, “Tel Aviv University cancels Land Day lecture,” Palestine Monitor 9 April 2014: http://www.palestinemonitor.org/details.php?id=2fhkdia6689yepi097pcg.

[4]“Psychometric Exam: Barrier to University Entrance for Arab Citizens of Israel,” Dirasat: Arab Center for Law and Policy, 17 May 2010: http://dirasat-aclp.org/index.asp?i=663; Aviva Lori, “A Psychometric Exam Geared to Jews,” Ha’aretz 11 October 2007: http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/a-psychometric-exam-geared-to-jews-1.230857; Jonathan Cook, “No Room for Arab Students at Israeli Universities,” The Palestine Chronicle 18 August 2010: http://www.palestinechronicle.com/no-room-for-arab-students-at-israeli-universities/#.UquckvvMvac; “Students from Gaza: Disregarded Victims of Israel’s Siege of the Gaza Strip. A Report on Israel’s Prevention of Gazan Students from Studying at the West Bank Universities,” Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, July 2010: http://www.mezan.org/upload/10684.pdf; see also Zama Coursen-Neff, “Discrimination against Palestinian Arab Children in the Israeli Educational System,” International Law and Politics 36:749 (2004): 101-162: http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/related_material/JILPfinal.pdf; and “Second Class: Discrimination against Palestinian Arab Children in Israel’s Schools,” Human Rights Watch, September 2001: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/israel2/.

[5] “New Initiatives at Tel Aviv University, 2013,” Tel Aviv University, http://english.tau.ac.il/new_initiatives_2013; Yael Livnat, “Education scholarships awarded to outstanding IDF reservists,” Israel Defense Forces, 27 March 2012: http://www.idf.il/1283-15436-EN/Dover.aspx; Yaakov Katz, “Reservists’ benefits package approved,” The Jerusalem Post 30 Dec. 2007, http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Reservists-benefits-package-approved; Anshel Pfeffer, “New ‘bill of rights’ for student reservists,” Ha’aretz 24 Dec. 2003: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/new-bill-of-rights-for-student-reservists-1.109580.

[6] Ben White, “Tel Aviv University’s role in settler-run archaeological dig ‘playing into hands of BDS,’ Israeli academics complain,” The Electronic Intifada 27 Dec 2012: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ben-white/tel-aviv-universitys-role-settler-run-archaeological-dig-playing-hands-bds-israeli.

[7] Shlomo Sand, The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland, trans. Geremy Forman (London: Verso, 2012).

11 comments

  1. Silence in the face of Injustice is supporting Injustice.

    1. Linda Bergh · · Reply

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  9. […] the American Studies Association academic boycott. Israeli and international Jews have likewise joined the boycott of the 2014 Cinema and TV Studies Conference held at Tel Aviv […]

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