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Archives: October 2006

Sun Oct 15, 2006

Israel Bars New Palestinian Students From Its Universities, Citing Concern Over 'Security'

ANATA, West Bank, Oct. 9 — Sawsan Salameh, a Palestinian from the West Bank, was thrilled to get a full scholarship from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to begin a doctorate in theoretical chemistry.

But a recent move by the Israeli Army to ban new Palestinian students from Israeli universities for security reasons is keeping her from studying at the campus, just two miles from her home. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Oct 15, 06 | 7:56 pm

Sat Oct 14, 2006

UN says Israeli overuse of cluster bombs in Lebanon 'defies belief'

Following on a statement by an Israeli commander that the Israeli army fired at least 1.2 million cluster bomblets on Lebanon during the war, the majority of which were fired when hostilities were largely over, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator verified that number and harshly criticized the Israeli use of cluster bombs.

“The outrageous fact is that nearly all of these munitions were fired in the last three to four days of the war,” David Shearer, the United Nations (UN) humanitarian coordinator in Lebanon, told a news conference in Beirut Tuesday.

The United Nations coordinator added, "Most bomblets were fired by the time the conflict had been largely resolved in the form of Resolution 1701", adding, “We know these (cluster) munitions have a failure rate and it seems to me extraordinary that they were fired off in the last hours of the war into areas where civilian populations were known to be going,” Shearer said.

“For a humanitarian person, it defies belief that this would happen.”

Meanwhile, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland has called Israel “completely immoral” for using cluster bombs in residential areas. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Oct 14, 06 | 11:32 am

Ilan Pappe: Israeli academia deserves to be boycotted

The idea of an overall academic boycott of Israel is not an attack on individuals and is most certainly justified, writes Ilan Pappe

Guy Beiner (Opinion, September 27th) has asked us all to rethink the idea of an academic boycott of Israel. This is always a good idea, and as an Israeli academic who strongly supports the boycott, I find it useful to rethink such a drastic move against my state and my peers in local academia.

However, most of his rethinking focuses on the tactics of the campaign and he says nothing about the background for it. He is also misinformed about its recent developments.

This is clear from the very beginning of his piece, which tries to portray the boycott action as directed against individuals. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Oct 14, 06 | 11:20 am

Wed Oct 11, 2006

Academic boycott 'wrong political tool', says Israeli minister

An Israeli cabinet member today warned the British education secretary, Alan Johnson, of the "tremendously dangerous" impact a boycott of Israeli universities would have on international academia. More...

Posted by: Hanan Rihan on Oct 11, 06 | 10:10 am

Sun Oct 01, 2006

Education or mind infection?

In September 1997, Nurit Peled-Elhanan’s daughter Samarder was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber. She and her family are members of the Palestinian and Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace. Her two elder sons are active in the peace movements of the Refusenik and Combatants for Peace, a new movement of Israeli and Palestinian ex fighters. Dr. Peled-Elhanan is the recipient of the European Parliament 2001 Sakharov Prize for Human Rights and Freedom of Thought. She is now touring the US together with a Palestinian woman (Hanan Abu Ghosh) who lost her 17 year old brother to Israeli gunfire. More...

Posted by: Hanan Rihan on Oct 01, 06 | 9:37 pm