Saturday, January 17, 2009

Palestinian Right to Education, Campus Divestment and Academic Boycott

The Birzeit University Right to Educaiton Campaign has published an open letter to International Academic Institutions. On the same webpage there is a link to a letter to US Academics by Marcy Newman and Rania Masri, calling on "Americans to join the academic boycott of Israel." For several years, activist groups that oppose the Israeli occupation have argued that academic boycotts and campus divestment campaigns are one of the most effective ways to bring about change in Israel. On the general topic of boycotting Israel, see Naomi Klein's article in the January 10, 2009 issue of The Guardian, where she argues that boycotting Israel is the only way to end the occupation. (A version of Klein's article appeared in the January 7, 2009 issue of The Nation.) For more information on the boycott, divestment and sanction campaigns, see the Global BDS website.

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