Israeli academics declare settlement college boycott

At least 165 Israeli professors have declared a boycott against an Israeli college located in the occupied West Bank settlement of Ariel.

Israeli academics declare settlement college boycott

At least 165 Israeli professors have declared a boycott against an Israeli college located in the occupied West Bank settlement of Ariel.

The academics have signed a petition saying they are unwilling to partake in any educational activities at Ariel University Center. They say Ariel is an illegal settlement intended to prevent Palestinians from establishing an independent state.

"We refuse to participate in any academic activity in Ariel, an illegal settlement which aims to stop the Palestinians from creating their independent state," Ron Naaman of the Weizmann Institute of Science said.

"We want our compatriots to understand that the pursuit of the occupation harms Israel and contributes to its delegitimisation on the international stage," he added.

But, the head of an umbrella group of Israeli universities as well as the mayor of Ariel defied the protest. He said Sunday the more academics boycott, the more he will build.

Ariel is a settlement of about 19,000 people in the heart of the occupied West Bank. The Palestinians plan to build a state in all of the West Bank, which Israel occupied in 967, as part of a future independent state.


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