Five Norwegian Universities Cut Ties With Israel Over Gaza Genocide

OsloMet, the University of South Eastern Norway, the University of Bergen, the Bergen School of Architecture and Nord University have all suspended agreements with complicit Israeli universities. 

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel welcomes the news that five Norwegian universities have suspended ties with complicit Israeli universities over Israel’s #GazaGenocide.

This is what Palestinians, including universities and faculty unions, are calling for as the most effective means of solidarity.

OsloMet ended ties with Haifa University, pledged not to enter into any new agreements with complicit Israeli universities, and will work to end procurement contracts with suppliers linked to Israel's military or illegal settlements.

"The university board condemns Israel's attack on Gaza.”

The University of South Eastern Norway ended ties with Haifa University and Hadassah Academic College.

“We want to give a clear message that the warfare that...Israel is now carrying out in Gaza is unacceptable, and undermines the democratic foundation on which all universities must build.”

The University of Bergen ended its cooperation agreements with Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design after it created a workshop on campus to design and sew uniforms and gear for the Israeli military.

The Bergen School of Architecture also ended its cooperation agreements with Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design over its work with the Israeli military.

Nord University has suspended existing agreements with complicit Israeli universities and pledged not enter into any new collaborations.

The Norwegian Students Union has called for an end to "academic collaboration with actors who contribute to legitimizing oppressive regimes and human rights abuses."

The University of Oslo Student Senate has called to "end all institutional cooperation with Israeli academic institutions and companies that contribute to and support occupation, apartheid, illegal settlements and war crimes"

15 major Palestinian universities have stated that Israeli universities “should face international isolation" over their complicity in Israel’s crimes against Palestinians, which now include genocide.

The ICJ ruling that Israel is plausibly committing genocide requires international universities to cut ties with Israeli institutions and corporations that are complicit in genocide and apartheid.

We thank the students and academics in Norway, including 1200+ calling for Norwegian universities to cut ties with complicit Israeli universities, who have worked to raise awareness and compel their universities to act on their moral obligations.

All Israeli universities are complicit in Israel's regime of settler colonialism, occupation and apartheid.

We urge scholars & students worldwide to work to end ties with genocidal Israel, including via universities, depts, programs, unions and societies.


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