Palestinian academics have been heartened by the outpouring of solidarity with our people on the part of British academics and students – the latter attested to by the creative "student occupation movement" in the wake of the brutal Israeli war against the Palestinian people in Gaza last December and January.
Below: PACBI Statement: "British academic union deals one more blow to business-as-usual with the Israeli academy"
BRICUP Statement "UCU Congress endorses boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel despite legal warning"
The full text of all the motions, except for late motions and late amendments, can be read here
Mick Napier [Sumoud] 17 May 2009 - Five BDS Campaign activists face charges following their interruption of a performance during the 2008 Edinburgh International Festival by an Israeli musical ensemble.
PACBI, 5 May 2009 - Twenty-one staff members of the University of Tromsø (www2.uit.no/www/inenglish) have signed a call for boycott of all Israeli academic institutions.
The initiative calls for the University to "establish an academic boycott of Israel", of Israel‘s "institutions of education, research and culture, and the institutions‘ representatives, regardless of religion and nationality."
Cultural resistance, consciousness, and Palestinian existence
Since its inception Israel has taken great pains to destroy all signs of Palestinian culture and target Palestinians who chose cultural production as their method of resistance. Edward Said explained "Culture is a way of fighting against extinction and obliteration", and it is basic to colonial policy to present the colonized as primitive, backward and uncultured.