Northern Ireland academics to boycott Israeli universities in Palestine protest

A number of leading Northern Ireland academics have signed up to an international campaign to boycott Israeli universities over Israel’s “illegal occupation” of Palestinian land.

Five academics at Queen’s University and one retired Ulster University professor are among 343 academics from the UK who have pledged to withdraw co-operation with Israeli academic institutions.

In a full-page advertisement in the Guardian newspaper, some of the UK’s most prominent figures in higher education underscored their response to “the appeal from Palestinian civil society” with an “Academic Commitment”.

In their response to “the intolerable human rights violations that it inflicts on all sections of the Palestinian people” the signatories have declared they will not “accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions”.

The academics do stress, however, that they will “continue to work with our Israeli colleagues in their individual capacities” but in their declaration describe Israeli universities as being “deeply complicit” with Israeli violations of international law.

The pledge states the educationalists’ position will remain “until the State of Israel complies with international law, and respects universal principles of human rights”.

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