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 Asociaci√≥n Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH) to move its July 2019¬†congress¬†from Hebrew University. Holding the conference in any complicit Israeli institution would implicate the association in Israel‚Äôs grave violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.
Significant parts of Hebrew University are¬†built on stolen Palestinian land, including illegally seized private Palestinian property in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.
Holding the AIH congress at Hebrew University whitewashes Israel‚Äôs decades-old military occupation and reinforces its unlawful claim of sovereignty over Jerusalem. The UN and the international community, with the notable exception of Trump‚Äôs xenophobic and anti-Palestinian administration,¬†do not recognize¬†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 through¬†systematic¬†home demolitions and forced expulsions. Hebrew University itself has taken¬†legal action¬†to evict Palestinian families and demolish their homes for the construction of campus facilities, in violation of international law.
The conference website lists Israeli¬†hotel accommodations¬†in occupied East Jerusalem and falsely presents prominent Palestinian places of worship in occupied East Jerusalem as part of Israel.
Hebrew University‚Äôs complicity is not limited to its location. The university¬†maintains close ties¬†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 has¬†bombed,¬†raided¬†and¬†ransack
Israel regularly denies Palestinians¬†permits¬†to travel abroad to further their research or attend conferences. During the past academic year alone, Israel¬†denied entry or refused visa renewals¬†for dozens of international staff and faculty at Palestinian universities. This systematic attack on the Palestinian right to education is part of Israel‚Äôs policy of ‚Äúscholasticide.‚ÄĚ
In July, Hebrew University¬†hosted¬†a recruitment event for Shin Bet, Israel‚Äôs notorious secret police, which has been¬†condemned¬†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 University¬†held¬†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 Jerusalem¬†until Israel respects Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law.
We call on AIH members¬†to stand in solidarity with Palestinian academics and demand AIH relocate the congress.¬†And to¬†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 Israel‚Äôs denial of Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law.
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