The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) and The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) urge the AsociaciĂłn Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH) to move its July 2019Â congressÂ from Hebrew University. Holding the conference in any complicit Israeli institution would implicate the association in Israelâs grave violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.
Significant parts of Hebrew University areÂ built on stolen Palestinian land, including illegally seized private Palestinian property in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.
Holding the AIH congress at Hebrew University whitewashes Israelâs decades-old military occupation and reinforces its unlawful claim of sovereignty over Jerusalem. The UN and the international community, with the notable exception of Trumpâs xenophobic and anti-Palestinian administration,Â do not recognizeÂ Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem.
The AIH congress is sponsored by the Israeli government, which is actively working to rid Jerusalem of its indigenous Palestinian inhabitants, including throughÂ systematicÂ home demolitions and forced expulsions. Hebrew University itself has takenÂ legal actionÂ to evict Palestinian families and demolish their homes for the construction of campus facilities, in violation of international law.
The conference website lists IsraeliÂ hotel accommodationsÂ in occupied East Jerusalem and falsely presents prominent Palestinian places of worship in occupied East Jerusalem as part of Israel.
Hebrew Universityâs complicity is not limited to its location. The universityÂ maintains close tiesÂ with the Israeli authorities responsible for direct attacks on Palestinian education. Hebrew University provides special privileges to Israeli soldiers and security personnel and directly collaborates with the Israeli army.
The Israeli military hasÂ bombed,Â raidedÂ andÂ ransack
Israel regularly denies PalestiniansÂ permitsÂ to travel abroad to further their research or attend conferences. During the past academic year alone, IsraelÂ denied entry or refused visa renewalsÂ for dozens of international staff and faculty at Palestinian universities. This systematic attack on the Palestinian right to education is part of Israelâs policy of âscholasticide.â
In July, Hebrew UniversityÂ hostedÂ a recruitment event for Shin Bet, Israelâs notorious secret police, which has beenÂ condemnedÂ by the UN Committee Against Torture for its frequent use of torture and other illegal interrogation tactics on Palestinian political prisoners and child detainees.
Last spring, Hebrew UniversityÂ heldÂ an event organized by several settlement institutions, including Kfar Etzion Field School in the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion, and a department of Ariel University, which is located in the illegal settlement of the same name.
We urge AIH to relocate its 2019 congress outside of Israel and occupied East JerusalemÂ until Israel respects Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law.
We call on AIH membersÂ to stand in solidarity with Palestinian academics and demand AIH relocate the congress.Â And toÂ boycott the conference if it is held at any complicit Israeli institution.
Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE)
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) represents more than 6,000 Palestinian university staff at 13 institutions of higher education in the occupied Palestinian territory.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) was initiated in 2004 to contribute to the struggle for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. PACBI advocates for the boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions, given their deep and persistent complicity in Israelâs denial of Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law.
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