Via bdsmovement.net —
In an historic vote, the British Society for Middle Eastern StudiesÂ joins a growing number of academic associations refusing to be complicit in Israelâs grave violations of international law.
We warmly salute the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) forÂ voting overwhelminglyÂ to support the Palestinian call for a boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions.
BRISMES joins aÂ growing numberÂ of academic societies that are taking a stand for Palestinian rights by refusing to be complicit in Israelâs grave violations of international law. Israeli academic institutions play aÂ well-documentedÂ role in not only justifying but also planning, implementing and maintaining Israelâs system of oppression that denies Palestiniansâ basic human rights, including theÂ right to education.
This historic vote gives us hope. It is aÂ beautiful act of meaningful solidarityÂ with Palestinian students and faculty who face Israelâs institutionalised racism, armed raids on campus, military checkpoints and systemic attempts to undermine Palestiniansâ basic right to education.
We urge international academic societies worldwide to take similar, effective measures in academiaÂ against racism and oppression.
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Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (firstname.lastname@example.org)