Via bdsmovement.net —
In an historic vote, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies joins a growing number of academic associations refusing to be complicit in Israel’s grave violations of international law.
We warmly salute the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) for voting overwhelmingly to support the Palestinian call for a boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions.
BRISMES joins a growing number of academic societies that are taking a stand for Palestinian rights by refusing to be complicit in Israel’s grave violations of international law. Israeli academic institutions play a well-documented role in not only justifying but also planning, implementing and maintaining Israel’s system of oppression that denies Palestinians’ basic human rights, including the right to education.
This historic vote gives us hope. It is a beautiful act of meaningful solidarity with Palestinian students and faculty who face Israel’s institutionalised racism, armed raids on campus, military checkpoints and systemic attempts to undermine Palestinians’ basic right to education.
We urge international academic societies worldwide to take similar, effective measures in academia against racism and oppression.
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