Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, unequivocally condems the
effort at Haifa University in Israel to expel Professor Ilan Pappe and calls on
all academics to join the growing demand for a boycott of Israeli academic
Pappe is a well known historian who has challenged Israel's version of its
establishment. He is also a strong advocate of the right of Palestinian refugees
to return to their homes and lands from which they were expelled in 1948 and
thereafter. In his writings, Pappe provided evidence of the systematic massacres
and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by Zionist/Israeli forces in 1947-48. The
dean of humanities at Haifa university is demanding Dr. Pappe's expulsion due to
positions he has taken. Dr. Pappe wrote that it is "an opening gambit and many
of colleagues, especially my Palestinian Israeli colleagues, can be next."
Pappe had also criticized Haifa University's handling of the Katz affair, the
masters student who, as part of thesis research, reported findings concerning
the massacre of Palestinians committed by Israeli forces at Tantura, a suburb of
Haifa. Mr. Katz was subsequently disqualified by the university for his
research. Yet his research reflects reality as witnessed by Palestinians and
others. Mr. Jawdat Al-Hindi who witnessed the atrocity and now lives in North
Carolina said that he saw "execution of men in rows of 8-10 who were then
burried in mass graves."
Dr. Jess Ghannam, San Francisco representative to Al-Awda's coordinating
committee commented "This is yet another blatant example of the lack of academic
freedom within Israel and an attempt to silence the growing world-wide
condemnation of Israeli racist tactics against Palestinians". Prof. Mazin
Qumsiyeh, coordinator of Al-Awda's Media Committee added: "the dismal record of
academic freedoms coupled with direct support of Israeli academic instutions to
Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing clearly contradict the notion of democracy
and justify our call of boycott of Israeli academic instiutions and
Members of the press may contact Professor Ilan Pappe in Haifa at: 011
Mr. Jawadat Al-Hindi may be reached in North Carolina at: 919-790-1138
For additional comment from Al-Awda, please contact:
Drs. Jess Ghannam (Jess@al-awda.org cell phone 415-726 3951 )
and Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh (email@example.com, cell phone 203-676-2986)
To participate in the Boycott Israeli academia campaign please see
www.BoycottIsraeliGoods.org under action items. Over 450 academicians
and researchers already signed the petition.
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition is the largest network of
grassroots activists dedicated to Palestinian human rights.
Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition
P.O. Box 1172
Orange, CT 06477
Fax: (717) 832-1123
Press Room: al-awda.org/pressroom.htm
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