A Commitment by UK Scholars to Human Rights in Palestine

A group of 343 professors and lecturers from 72 different academic institutions published a full page advertisement in the Guardian newspaper on Tuesday 27 October, pledging not to cooperate with Israeli academic institutions until Israel complies with international law and respects Palestinian human rights. 

In their statement, they make a commitment not to accept invitations for academic visits to Israel, act as referees in activities related to Israel academic institutions, or cooperate in any other way with Israeli universities. 

The boycott of Israeli academic institutions was launched on the grounds that Israeli universities are deeply complicit in Israeli violations of international law.  

Speaking for the organisers of the Academic Commitment Professor Jonathan Rosenhead (London School of Economics) said “Israeli universities are at the heart of Israel’s violations of international law and oppression of the Palestinian people. These signatures were all collected despite the pressures that can be put on people not to criticise the state of Israel. Now that the invitation to join the Commitment is in the public domain, we anticipate many more to join us.”

Less than 24 hours after the initiative was launched, another 160 academics signed the Commitment. The number now stands at 500 signatories: http://www.commitment4p.com

28 October 2015