Call for Swedish Academic Boycott of Israel: 218 sign!

Call for Swedish Academic Boycott of Israel: 218 sign!

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Swedish universities must not participate in research or any other type of cooperation with Israeli academic institutions. The Swedish government should act for the cessation of EU’s research support to Israel, which will inevitably strengthen the continued occupation of Palestine. This is what 218 Swedish persons demand in a “Call for academic boycott of Israel.”  Twelve of the signatories are professors, while 14 are associate professors, 23 senior lecturers or researchers and 70 are students.
The boycott is not aimed at individuals but against institutions. So far no Israeli academic institution has dissociated itself from Israel’s apartheid policy or the discrimination of Palestinians in Israel. Therefore all collaboration with Israeli academic institutions should be stopped, the signatories say.
The initiative to the Call was taken by the Action group for boycott of Israel at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. The group demands that KTH shall cancel its ongoing agreement with Technion, the leading Israeli technical university. Technion has close collaboration with the Israeli military forces. As an example it may be mentioned that Technion is developing new types of drones for the destruction of Palestinian houses (used to kill thousands of people). Researchers of Technion act as advisers to Israel’s military and the university collaborates closely with Israel’s biggest weapons producer Elbit.
The demand for academic boycott is getting worldwide support. The biggest student union in Europe – the united union of London’s 20 universities and colleges, comprising 120,000 students – has decided to support boycott. In Norway 100 prominent persons have signed an appeal to the same end. Other examples are the staff association of McGill University in Montreal, the student union in Uppsala and the student union of Berkeley. The University of Johannesburg has broken its cooperation with the Ben Gurion University.
Within European Union countries a network for academic and cultural boycott was formed last year. See its website www.epacbi.eu.
For further information you may visit the website of the KTH action grouphttp://www.psabi.net/ or contact the persons below.
Dick Urban Vestbro, Professor Emeritus, +46706559483
Lina Suleiman, PhD, researcher, +46704231157
Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Assoc Prof, +4687907359
The Call with signatories is below. It is sent to Swedish academic institutions, the National Swedish Agency for Higher Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, media and to international solidarity organization.

Call for a Swedish academic boycott of Israel

The state of Israel occupies the Palestinian territories, denies basic human rights to Palestinians and refuses to comply with UN resolutions, including the ones stating that Palestinian refugees have the right to return. Israel subjects the Palestinian population to daily harassment and forces them to abandon more and more areas. The situation has rightly been compared to apartheid South Africa.
Israeli academic institutions are deeply complicit in Israel’s occupation of Palestine. They cooperate closely with the security-military establishment. They offer advice to military intelligence and assist in developing weapon technologies for the Occupation forces. So far, none of the Israeli academic institutions have dissociated themselves from the occupation regime, or condemned the entrenched system of discrimination of Palestinians.
Despite Israel’s refusal to comply with international law it is not met with sanctions. It is therefore imperative that ordinary people take up the challenge and put pressure on Israel. Palestinian academics have repeatedly called upon their colleagues abroad to boycott Israeli academic institutions in order to end the occupation and the oppression. We, the signatory of this call, want to respond positively to their call.
We do not want to end dialogue, but we want to show that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is unacceptable. The future for both Palestinians and Israelis depends on ending the occupation and on securing justice and equality. We believe that this will not happen without external pressure. Moreover, teachers, scientists and students in Israel oppose the occupation. These groups are in need of international support.
The academic boycott is aimed at the isolation of Israeli universities and other teaching and research institutions in order to challenge their complicity in maintaining the Israeli occupation and other violations of international law. An academic boycott targets institutional links between Israeli universities and Swedish partners in the form of university pairing, exchanges, joint programs and research initiatives. It is not a ban on individual Israeli academics, regardless of their opinions.
We ask employees and students at Swedish universities and research institutions to join our call. At the same time, we call for cooperation with and support for organizations and individuals in Israel, including research workers and students who are working to end the occupation and the denial of human rights for the Palestinians.
• Refuse participation in academic cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Israeli universities;
• Refrain from attending or co-sponsoring conferences and other academic activities held at Israeli universities;
• Suspend all forms of funding, subsidies and scholarships to Israeli universities;
• Promote divestment from Israel by academic institutions;
• The Swedish government must act to stop European Union research collaboration with Israel;
• Foster initiatives that directly support Palestinian educational institutions and ensure opportunities for Palestinian students and faculty.
List of esteemed signatories:
Name City/place Affiliation/institution Academic title
1.
Dick Urban Vestbro
stockholm
Urban & regional studies, KTH
Prof Emeritus
2.
Jonatan Stanczak
Stockholm/Jenin
The Freedom Theatre drama and theatre school in Jenin
Master Student
3.
Feras Hammami
Stockholm
Royal Institute of Technology
PhD Student
4.
Per Gahrton
Täby
Swedish Green think tank Cogito
PhD of Sociology, director of Cogito
5.
Lina Suleiman
Solna, Stockholm
Urban & Regional studies, KTH
PhD, Researcher
6.
Singoalla Tiroler
Uppsala
Uppsala Universitet
Medicine studerande
7.
Lars Drake
Uppsala
Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet
Adjungerad professor
8.
Gunilla Priebe
Stockholm
Karolinska Institutet
PhD
9.
Enar Nordvik
Skellefteå
City of Skellefteå/Luleå Univ of Tech
PhD
10.
Roland Anrup
Härnösand
Humaniora
Professor
11.
Edda Manga
Uppsala
Dept of History of Ideas Uppsala univ
Researcher
12.
AnaLuisa Escobar
Sverige
grafic
screen tryckare av konst
13.
Susanna Lundberg
Malmö
Malmö högskola
doktorand i sociologi
14.
Kerstin Johansson
Staffanstorp
Arabiska
fil mag, pol mag
15.
Kerstin Edquist
Stockholm
JMK, Stockholms universitet
Journalist
16.
Hans Abrahamsson
Gothenburg
School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University
Associate professor
17.
Nina Jakku
Stockholm
Södertörn Högskola
Master Student
18.
Hans Arvidsson
Stockholm
Retired
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts
19.
Leif Törnqvist
Ronneby
Gymnasieskolan Knut Hahn
Adjunkt
20.
Ann Mari Engel
Stockholm
City of Stockholm
Ph D
21.
Olof Holmgren
Malmö
Lunds universitet
Pol kand
22.
Roya Asadpour
Stockholm
Social University
Socialworker
23.
Arvid Pein
Nyköping
Nyköpings Gymnasium
Student
24.
Josef Bjursell
Malmö
Malmö högskola
fil. kand student
25.
Anders Johansson
Ronneby
x
x
26.
Lisa Nordling
Stockholm
Stockholms Läns Landsting
sjuksköterska
27.
Mohammad Chaaban
Helsingborg
Sas
University
28.
Miriam Acuna
Stockholm
Filosofi Uppsala Univ, Estetik Södertörns högskola
student kandidat examensarbete
29.
Sara Wahlström
Stockholm
Uppsala university
undergraduate student
30.
Amjad Assadi
Göteborg
Medical university of Gdansk
Medical student
31.
Susanne Lundgren
Stockholm
Palestinagruppen Stockholm
Genusvetare
32.
Niklas Byström
BOLLNÄS
PRV
Trademark & industrial design examiner
33.
Mikael Lovlund
Göteborg
Medical School
Medical Doctor
34.
Sara Massoud
Landskrona
Malmö Högskola
English & Human rights teaching
35.
Anette Johansson
Stockholm
Vårdförbundet
Reg. Nurse B.Sc
36.
Sigyn Meder
Järfälla
lärare
adjunkt
37.
Ingemar Norrlid
Karlskrona
Blekinge Tekniska Högskola
Docent, retired
38.
Patricia Lorenzoni
Gothenburg
University of Gothenburg
Ph.D.
39.
Erik Edquist
Gävle
Uppsala universitet
Master student
40.
Joakim Bülow
Lund
Elektro- och Informationsteknik
Master Student
41.
Luma Kalaji
Lund
Lund University
MA Student
42.
Jan-Erik Gustafsson
Stockholm
Land and Water Resources, KTH
Associate professor
43.
Karl-Magnus Melin
kristianstad
x
archaeologist
44.
Lars Forsberg
Stockholm
Karolinska institutet
senior lecturer
45.
Per Torlöf
Lund
LTH
Engineer
46.
Christer Hogstedt
Stockholm
Hälsa och Samhälle
Professor emeritus
47.
Snorre Lindquist
Stockholm
SAR
Retired Architect
48.
Erik Göthe
Bandhagen
practising lawyer
jur kand
49.
Lasse Wilhelmson
Täby
x
Fil kand
50.
Henrik Linde
Stängnäs
Folket i Bild/Kulturfront
Teknologie licenciat
51.
Sara Hallström
malmö
LTH Arkitektskolan
arkitekt
52.
Åsa Lindquist Bush
Lund
Vipeholms gymnasieskola
retired teacher
53.
Gerda Wissler
Lund
x
x
54.
Elsa Grip
Lund
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
phd-student
55.
Lars Asklund
Malmö
LTH
Architect
56.
Marcus Regnander
Göteborg
sahlgrenska akademien
bachelor
57.
Gunnel Hemmel
Malmö-Sweden
x
x
58.
Jan Grevstad
Geneva, Switzerland
Independant; also Treasurer of “Assoc.Enfants de Gaza”
Sivilökonom
59.
Fereshteh Ahmadi
Uppsala
Department of psychology and Social Work, University of Gävle
Full Professor
60.
Bertil Egerö
Lund
Lund university, Sociology
Associate professor
61.
Britt Louise Tillbom
Stockholm
Freelance Actrice
Actrice, Teacher. Director
62.
Erik Engelbrektsson
Göteborg
Högskolan Karlstad
f.k.
63.
Miray Boyacioglu
Stockholm
Litt.vet./UU
Ma-stud.
64.
Håkan Larsson
Löberöd
retired
Ph.D., culture historian
65.
Roger Karlsson
Getinge
Gbg University Gender science, History of ideas
Bachelor of sience
66.
Carl Frick
Katrineholm
KTH
Engineer
67.
Lisa Nordlund
Umeå
Psychology
Student
68.
Arvid Lindgren
Göteborg
Civil Engineering
Student
69.
Iyad Zikra
Stockholm
DSV/Stockholms Universitetet
Doktorand
70.
Claes Theliander
Visby
Gotlands museum
Phd
71.
Viktor Arnell
Linköping
Linköpings universitet
Student
72.
Suleman Kukka Salam
Stockholm
Stockholm School of Economics (SSE)
SSE BSc in Business and Economics
73.
Mohammed Issa
Göteborg
Blekinge Tekniska högskola
Master student
74.
Sally Issa
Lund
Solid mechanics LTH
PHD Student
75.
Hans Johansson
Göteborg
Pedagogiska institutionen
Grundskollärare SO
76.
Hussein Agha
London, UK
University College London
Master of Science
77.
Manar Bawaqneh
Linköping
Linköpingsuniversitet
Student – socionom
78.
Elias Andersson
Umeå
SLU
Doktorand
79.
Henry Ascher
Göteborg
Gothenburg University and Nordic School of Public Health
Assoc. professor
80.
Rebecca Weisberg
Uppsala
Pharmaceutic faculty, Uppsala University
Student
81.
Dror Feiler
Stockholm
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