The Palestinian Council for Higher Education Thanks British Academic Institutions
We believe that this brave and honest stand taken by the NATFHE will further support the Palestinians in their rightful struggle towards achieving a just and lasting peace in the holy land. A peace that can only be realized through ending the occupation and that can offer stability, justice, and hope for the Palestinians in their independent state, in accordance with international law and legitimacy.
We see in such a stand a clear message to all academics all over the world to take their role in opposing oppression and denouncing all acts committed against international law. It is our duty as academic community to be active players in making the world a better place and in delivering our voice in this rightful struggle.
The decision of the Palestinian Council of Higher Education in banning cooperation with Israeli academics, researchers and institutions stems from the one simple fact, namely; the denial of the right of Palestinian academia to exercise free movement between their cities and villages and their ability to communicate freely with the outside world and the international academic community. This can only be achieved by ending the occupation.
Let us also, use this opportunity to call upon the international academic and scientific communities to act positively towards ending the Israeli occupation, thus creating the environment for equal and fruitful cooperation. We strongly believe that by providing the positive environment, Palestinian people can contribute effectively to the well being and stability of this region.
On our part, we will continue our mission in serving the Palestinian education sector and we will work on enhancing the role of the Palestinian curriculum in promoting social development and in protecting concepts of social harmony, diversity, and women's rights. The Palestinian education sector was and is still protective of the Palestinian cultural heritage. This has been our mission and will stay.
We thank you again for this strong and daring stand.
The Palestinian Council for Higher Education