Archives: January 2003

Fri Jan 31, 2003

An Alternative to War

Atlanta…..Despite marshalling powerful armed forces in the Persian Gulf region and a virtual declaration of war in the State of the Union message, our government has not made a case for a preemptive military strike against Iraq, either at home or in Europe. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 31, 03 | 8:43 pm

Thu Jan 30, 2003

University rule change sought after Israel row

The British university at the centre of a worldwide furore over a boycott of Israel by one of its professors should change its rules to enable it to discipline staff for bringing the institution into disrepute, a confidential report into the affair recommends. More...

Posted by: Ed Howard on Jan 30, 03 | 10:52 pm

Wed Jan 29, 2003

Why the World Should Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

In April 2002, following the Israel's "operation" in Jenin, first calls for institutional academic boycott of Israeli universities appeared in England and in France. The British petition called to freeze European Union contracts with Israeli university as long as Israel continues its present policy. What started as the individual voice of concerned academics, has become lately a formal resolution of a French university. The Administrative council (board of Governors) of the prestigious Marie Curie university - Paris VI issued in its meeting of December 16, 2002 the following resolution: More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 29, 03 | 10:23 pm

No beginning or end to war

War is looming. Once again war looms. Or is war only being threatened so as to stop war coming? Does the limiting word "only" mean that this is just a mock threat, this staged build-up of US and British troops and ships on the Arabian peninsula and in the Red sea, with its supply of pictures to the media of overwhelming military might? As soon as one of the world's two dozen dictators has crumbled into exile or preferably is dead, will this all turn out to be a show of force which brought peace and can vanish away again? More...

Posted by: salama-carr on Jan 29, 03 | 2:42 pm

Nobel Laureates Sign Against a War Without International Support

Forty-one American Nobel laureates in science and economics issued a declaration yesterday opposing a preventive war against Iraq without wide international support. The statement, four sentences long, argues that an American attack would ultimately hurt the security and standing of the United States, even if it succeeds. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 29, 03 | 11:50 am

Tue Jan 28, 2003

U.S. Economic Aid Found to Subsidize More than Half of Israeli Settlement Costs

WASHINGTON - The Israeli government spent well over US$533 million in sustaining Jewish settlements in the occupied territories in 2001, more than half the amount provided it by the United States as direct economic assistance during the same year, according to a report released Thursday by the Israeli Peace Now movement. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 28, 03 | 12:20 pm

Bulldozing Hope

I'm not sure exactly why it is, but nothing I have read recently about Israel's treatment of the Palestinians touched me quite so deeply as the destruction of about 60 shops in the village of Nazlat Isa. The shootings of civilians, the bulldozing of homes, the reports of torture, the scores of morally filthy assassinations, the improper arrests -- the whole vast, organized mechanism of apartheid cruelty is stomach-turning, but the deliberate bulldozing of a thriving little street of shops just seems uncivilized and bleak beyond measure. More...

Posted by: on Jan 28, 03 | 11:13 am

Mon Jan 27, 2003

Descending the ivory tower

As the academic and cultural boycott of Israel gains momentum Amina Elbendary meets Mona Baker, one supporter whose position has excited vitriolic attacks

Atrocities committed against the Palestinian people have reached levels that many in the West believe can no longer be tolerated or condoned, feelings that last April led to the launching of an academic boycott as part of a larger movement targeting Israeli institutional presence in the West. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 27, 03 | 9:51 am

Sat Jan 25, 2003

When Will We Resist?

One opens the New York Times on a daily basis to read the most recent article about the preparations for war that are taking place in the United States. Another battalion, one more set of aircraft carriers and cruisers, an ever- increasing number of aircraft, new contingents of officers are being moved to the Persian Gulf area. An enormous, deliberately intimidating force is being built up by America overseas, while inside the country, economic and social bad news multiply with a joint relentlessness. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 25, 03 | 2:14 pm

Fri Jan 24, 2003

Israeli apartheid is forcing Arab Diaspora

In Israel, the coalition government of Labor and Likud fell temporarily. While the upcoming Israeli elections promise a split between doves and hawks, the reality is that the partnership of Labor and Likud goes back 55 years and neither party can help extricate Israel from the mess it created. The forerunners of these two political groups competed with one another as early as the 1930s but also collaborated and covered for one another. More...

Posted by: on Jan 24, 03 | 1:15 pm

Thu Jan 23, 2003

Mountain of Fire - Nablus Under Lockdown

Not content with the injuries they inflicted yesterday, the Israelis have today become even more violent, and the following incidents occurred just in our small area. They beat, kicked and spat on two accredited photographers for Reuters and AP, knocked over a 65- year-old UK grandmother (me) with a blow in the back from a rifle butt, and beat up one of the young Ambulance Drivers when he was stopped in the mud of Beit Fouriq to change a wheel. Soldiers also injured a baby (who needed hospital treatment) with a blow from a rifle butt, refused for ages to return my passport, kept ten or more ambulances at a time waiting at a newly set-up tank-point (road-block), and generally made a nuisance of themselves. These huge tanks swivel their large caliber shell-firing gun straight at you while you wait in the ambulance, and today, for the first time, I was able to see all the way down the barrel--even considering what is normal here, that was pretty amazing--the mouth of this unbelievable weapon not three feet from my eyes. I also took a VERY close look at the rest of the death-delivering monster, paid for by the Tax dollars of US citizens, and ran my hand along the side from end to end. Inside this metal container soldiers live all day--no wonder they are quite crazy. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 23, 03 | 2:51 pm

Tue Jan 21, 2003

Standing on the Dead

"What luck for the rulers that men do not think."
--Adolf Hitler

In October of 1942, under the Trading With the Enemy Act, the U.S. government halted operations at New York's Union Banking Corporation. A bank official was charged with "Running Nazi front groups in the United States."

His name: Prescott Bush. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 21, 03 | 2:11 am

Swedish Public Figures Urge Israeli Boycott

STOCKHOLM - A group of Swedish luminaries and public figures called for a boycott of Israeli goods produced in occupied Palestinian territories, in a show of protest at the Jewish state's policy of continued aggressions against the innocent Palestinians. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 21, 03 | 2:02 am

Sun Jan 19, 2003

Palestine Academics and Students Feel Abandoned by the World


I have just returned from Israel/Palestine and while there I met with members of the faculty of Birzeit U., Al-Quds U., The Arab-American U. outside of Jenin, Al-Aska U. in Gaza, and Bethlehem U. They feel abandoned by the rest of the world and, with the too few exceptions of people like us, they in fact are. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 19, 03 | 9:43 am

Wed Jan 15, 2003

At Last, a Fresh Idea

The Middle East conflict has become a byword for paralysis. But a new plan offers both sides a way forward

It was a forlorn image. Two Palestinian delegates facing not the British foreign secretary but a humble TV set. On top of the box, one of those neat internet camera gizmos, the kind kids use to talk - in slow, juddering, delayed time - to their granny in Australia.


Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 15, 03 | 2:19 pm

Open Letter from Mona Baker

From: Mona Baker [mona.baker@umist.ac.uk]
Sent: 15 January 2003 20:00

OPEN LETTER TO DENISE NEVO (Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Translation Studies) More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 15, 03 | 11:41 am

Fri Jan 10, 2003

Israel's academic freedom defended, while Palestine's is destroyed

Following the January 5 suicide attacks, which killed over twenty people in Tel Aviv, Ariel Sharon's spokesman, Raanan Gissin, announced that Israel would shut down three Palestinian universities, possibly including Bir Zeit, the most prestigious in the West Bank, and academic home to internationally-known Palestinians such as Hanan Ashrawi, and Nablus' Al-Najah University, the largest in the West Bank. This announcement, although it represents yet another escalation of Israel's collective punishment and sustained effort to destroy Palestinian civil society, failed to arouse international concern or attention, and has been almost ignored by the media. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 10, 03 | 5:58 pm