Rectors of 111 Turkish universities have joined with 1,500 other academics around the world—including nearly 70 scholars inside Israel—to condemn the Israeli government’s attacks on Gaza.
Here is a short summary with links:
Nearly 1,500 academics from the around the world, including such well-known scholars as Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk and John Berger, issued an appeal to their Israeli colleagues to speak out against the deplorable actions of their government:
http://haimbresheeth.com/gaza/an-open-letter-to-israel-academics-july-13th-2014/ (Are you an academic? Please add your name. Or forward this alert to a professor you admire.)
In response, to date almost 70 scholars inside Israel have signed on to a public denunciation of their government:
Now, the rectors of 111 Turkish universities have added their voices, not only condemning the Israeli government but, among other actions, vowing to break off academic, cultural and social relations with Israeli universities until the massacre in Gaza has stopped and the blockade has been lifted:
This is the first time that the international academic community has been mobilized like this; and the first time that large numbers of Israeli academics have made such a public statement. Although the numbers may seem modest—so far—they are significant in view of the retribution that scholars can expect from their own institutions.
American professors are seldom as brave as Harvard’s Professor of International Affairs Stephen M. Walt, co-author with Prof. John Mearsheimer of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (available from the AET Bookstore). Please read his article, published in the Huffington Post on July 22, “AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America’s Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy.”