Israel faces academic boycott in Italy

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ER Editor: It seems that Italian higher education institutions are following on from their Spanish counterparts. See —

Spanish universities plan to suspend cooperation with Israeli institutions, others are following suit

Also, see this article for what it means for the Israeli economy and hi-tech sector with the US university boycott —

Experts warn of consequences of American universities divesting from Israeli companies

This latest PressTV article contains links to other relevant articles. We’re leaving in those links.

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Israel faces academic boycott in Italy

PRESS TV

Pro-Palestine demonstrations continue across Italy while an increasing number of Italian universities are voicing their firm opposition to Israel’s massacres in Gaza and the West Bank through boycott campaigns.

Rome University students call for academic boycott of Israel. (via l’Espresso)

Earlier this week, the University of Palermo severed ties with Israeli researchers and universities over the genocidal war on Gaza.

The Palermo University’s academic senate suspended an EU student exchange program with Tel Aviv, while announcing that measures aiming to support the Palestinian education system will be taken.

Some university deans and professors have always shown a great interest in Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza.

Some other less involved academics have been pressed by their students to take a strong position against Israel.

In the past, protests against Israel’s brutal occupation were held in university campuses, but never to today’s extent.

This time Israel has gone way too far.

And this has led to a realization among students that something more had to be done.

Enzo Brandi, Former Nuclear Science Researcher

Also Turin University’s academic senate has recently opted not to take part in a call for scientific cooperation with Israel, issued earlier this year, in protest of the skyrocketing number of civilian deaths caused by Israel in Gaza.

Hundreds of university staff in Pisa, Bari, Rome, and, Florence, have asked the university administrations to uphold the fundamental values of humanity and solidarity in the face of the “repugnant massacre that is taking place in the Gaza Strip.”

Students at a number of prominent Italian university campuses have set up encampments in solidarity with Palestinians and in protest against Israel’s brutal attacks on Gaza.

At Rome’s University of La Sapienza students underline that their actions aim to press the university to stop cooperation with Israel and the Italian government to halt arms exports to Tel Aviv.

The academic boycott is important because universities should be placed on the front line against oppression and discrimination.

Maintaining ties with Israel, which for years has been carrying out genocide against the Palestinians, is intolerable for us as it would amount to supporting Israel’s policy of violence and war.

Student Encampment Protester

In April, over two thousand Italian academics from various Italian universities signed an open letter that reminded the Italian institutions of their obligation to prevent, and not to be complicit in, acts of genocide according to the 1948 UN convention.

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1 Comment on Israel faces academic boycott in Italy

  1. If you want to know how someone will treat you, simply observe how he treats others. Israel has dropped 2000 pound bombs on unarmed civilians. All Jews are more loyal to the Jewish people than they are to the nations they reside in. American Jews will kill us in mass if it is in the interest of the Jewish nation (of which Israel is the capitol). Jews should never have been given citizenship in White nations, as was done in the mid 19th century, nor should they be permitted to hold government office or be advisors to government office holders. The COVID vaccine is having a huge death toll and this was Jewish.

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